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Old 12-15-2010, 01:23 PM
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A Place To Purchase Chipboard?

I've been hunting for a place to purchase at a reasonable price for larger panels and have found it. The top panel of the drivers seat for my 1970 Cadillac is one piece and measures 28" x 30". I was having a real hard time finding chipboard this large in order to make a pattern - until now! Initially I just used a huge piece of cardboard I found in the garbage. It's kind of heavy and thick but did do the job. Once I receive my order, I'll transfer all the patterns over to the chipboard. Keep in mind that other places that I looked at wanted a minimum order of 500 panels for this size and charged close to 100 bucks for shipping pushing the price to $400! My total order from dickblick.com came to about 35 bucks.
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Here's a place that Dan has suggested in the past-

http://www.uline.com/BL_1852/Chipboa...ords=chipboard
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Here's a place that Dan has suggested in the past-

http://www.uline.com/BL_1852/Chipboa...ords=chipboard
I have their catalog sitting right here next to me. The problem was the size. They did not have a board large enough at a reasonable price for the top half of my seat. I think the minimum order for the size I needed was $330. If so, I would have used them instead.
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I don't know if the 1/8" Luan paneling would work or not , Just a thought .
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I have their catalog sitting right here next to me. The problem was the size. They did not have a board large enough at a reasonable price for the top half of my seat. I think the minimum order for the size I needed was $330. If so, I would have used them instead.
Dude...... you have to start thinking smaller. I buy my cardboard from U-Line because it is cheaper than any of my normal suppliers. You don't buy the biggest size you can find, you buy the largest reasonable size available, and tape two or more pieces together ( with 1" wide masking tape) to make larger sizes. A lot of large rectangular things don't need a pattern, they only need a measurement.

You are looking at 500 sheets of 40" by 48" for $330. Do you think you'll ever use 500 sheets of any size? I buy 100 sheets 26" by 38" for $52, and it lasts me for 4 to 6 months. 500 sheets would last me almost 2 years, and would rot away to dust before you would ever use that much. Beside the fact that you don't need 500 sheets, what do you think the shipping charge would be on 550 pounds of chipboard in an odd size?

Your best bet is to go to a print shop. (No, not Kinkos, a small local print shop) They use chipboard as a backing for tablets, and they buy it in large sheets like 26" by 38". They will sell you a few sheets for probably less than $1.00 sheet.

O.K., I don't know if you know what I mean when I use the word "tablet". If I insult your intelligence, I apologize, but a tablet is a whole bunch of sheets of paper, like 100 or more, all of the same size, collated together, and bound together at the top with a rubber substance backed with a thin sheet of chipboard.
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Dude...... you have to start thinking smaller.
Hard to do when you into Cadillac's LOL!
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I don't know if the 1/8" Luan paneling would work or not , Just a thought .
Yes, it would work fine but it would be a lot harder to cut, and a lot more expensive. This chipboard is .022" or .030" thick and is easily cut with a regular scissors.
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I buy mine at a Craft/Hobby Store, and they have it in 3' X 4' size (approx). I bought about 50 Sheets and they last a couple of Years or so. As for putting them together, I mark them how I want them, then I use the 3M Super 77 Glue to make it so they can't come apart-
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Take a look in Lowe's and Home Depot. Much of their paneling is either chipboard or luan and mostly 5/32" . Cheap, easily obtained, lots of it and if you make a mistake, you are out however long it takes to get there to pick up another 4x8 foot sheet.

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This chipboard is not a wood building product and is not available at home centers. It is very thin and pliable cardboard and can be cut with a common scissors.
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This chipboard is not a wood building product and is not available at home centers. It is very thin and pliable cardboard and can be cut with a common scissors.
That's what I call 'backer board' then.
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We've had this discussion in a couple other threads. There are a lot of different names for this stuff all over the country. I call it cardboard, some people call it tag board, you call it backer board and I'm sure there are a ton of other names.
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