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What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: February 16, 2022 05:46PM
Got me a little project. Need to get a flat board about 5/16" thick and just under 4.5" x 8" and then I router or jigsaw out a large hole in the middle. Oh, and then I'll need to flat-countersink mounting holes.

My first idea is to buy small, cheap bamboo kitchen cutting boards and cut to size etc. They're usually thin like I'd need. My 2nd idea is maybe 1/4" MDF if that's available.

So I'm asking for dense, not plywood.

Stacked masonite? That might work. Might not need to drill counter-sink mounting holes, just different size holes in some.

The overall theme here is that flatness and straight is also valued.

I also have a bunch of leftover, 1/8" panelling from my basement project. That would actually look pretty kick-ass here. I could glue and stack, and maybe it wouldn't shatter and splinter apart when shaping and drilling and cutting? Dunno.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/16/2022 05:46PM by deckeda.
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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: rgG
Date: February 16, 2022 06:16PM
Put a piece of masking tape over where you are drilling the holes, then drill through that, to prevent splitting and splintering, if you use the paneling.





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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 16, 2022 06:21PM
I think your cutting board idea has merit.
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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: February 16, 2022 06:59PM
I think Masonite sounds like the best option here.



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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 16, 2022 07:07PM
how many of these board thingys do you need?

glue laminated paneling would be very stout. You are making your own plywood!

bamboo cutting board as well.



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Posted by: MikeF
Date: February 16, 2022 07:20PM
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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: Cary
Date: February 16, 2022 07:38PM
What's the use case? Flexibility? Finish? Will it be exposed to moisture?
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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 16, 2022 07:40PM
Completely missing anything useful by way of project info. dunno smiley



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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: btfc
Date: February 16, 2022 09:34PM
“ I'm asking for dense, not plywood “

Are you sure that you want to rule out higher grade, possibly hardwood plywood?

Often you can find smaller craft size pieces at Home Depot/Lowes type places and they can be found at Amazon.

3/8 is pretty much your required thickness IRL.
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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: February 16, 2022 10:32PM
Two pieces. These would be tweeter mounting plates that attach to a speaker baffle. I’ll try to provide a picture tomorrow. The speakers’ originals are plastic and wrongly sized for the new tweeters. Don’t want to modify the originals. None of this is priceless but it’s all irreplaceable.
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Re: What kinds of wood boards can be hard but THIN/won't crack?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: February 17, 2022 12:51PM
Marine grade plywood was conceived, designed, and manufactured for EXACTLY what you need.
It's not the cheap, splintery, full of voids crap that you get at the hardware store.
Go to a decent lumber yard and see if they have some off-cuts in marine grade plywood.

Other than that, the laminated bamboo cutting board sounds really good. Hard, and dense, and will even take a finish.



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