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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 1st Jan 18, 1:47 PM
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    Thin Rigid Board?
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    Thin Rigid Board? 1st Jan 18 at 1:47 PM
    Can somebody come up with an idea for a piece of board 18"x42" - needs to be quite light so that I can easily move it around.

    I want to cover it with felt to use as a jigsaw puzzle board for assembling a landscape jigsaw puzzle.

    I've found something called binding board which seems to be the sort of rigidity I'll need but can't find the size. Also, anything I buy will need to come cut to size.

    Any suggestions would be welcome.
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    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 1st Jan 18, 2:11 PM
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    Can somebody come up with an idea for a piece of board 18"x42" - needs to be quite light so that I can easily move it around.

    I want to cover it with felt to use as a jigsaw puzzle board for assembling a landscape jigsaw puzzle.

    I've found something called binding board which seems to be the sort of rigidity I'll need but can't find the size. Also, anything I buy will need to come cut to size.

    Any suggestions would be welcome.
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    Mdf from your local hardware shop could be ok?
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    • Tealblue
    • By Tealblue 1st Jan 18, 2:57 PM
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    Hardboard would seem the obvious candidate - and you wouldn't need to cover it with felt (unless you wanted to) if you assemble the jigsaw on the smooth side. Readily available from all DIY shops, which will be able to cut to size for you/deliver. Lightweight, cheap and durable.
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 1st Jan 18, 3:10 PM
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    Ply is the best bet, maybe 9mm or thicker depending on the amount of flex - but you know you can buy ready made puzzle keepers on the likes of Amazon (I know that's not very MSE).
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 1st Jan 18, 5:04 PM
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    Binding board looks very similar to 1mm or 2mm thick Foamex board, which local signwriters will use. Correx board may be even cheaper.
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 1st Jan 18, 5:28 PM
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    Ply is the best bet, maybe 9mm or thicker depending on the amount of flex - but you know you can buy ready made puzzle keepers on the likes of Amazon (I know that's not very MSE).
    Originally posted by Lorian
    Thanks. Yes, I do have a proper puzzle board but they only make rectangular boards at ridiculous prices.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 1st Jan 18, 5:30 PM
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    Mdf from your local hardware shop could be ok?
    Originally posted by sarah1972
    MDF is much too heavy.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 1st Jan 18, 5:31 PM
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    Thanks for your suggestions - my final choice will, I think, be governed by whether or not a supplier will cut to size.
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 1st Jan 18, 5:34 PM
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    locally the only place that cuts to size is B&Q (no charge for several cuts, not sure the limit). Others may do but not where I live.

    They have a massive laser-aligned cutter. Give them mm dimensions if you can.

    You sometimes (always) need to be carefully picking your ply to get a nice flat piece, and personally I prefer pieces that have a nice finish side.

    After its cut watch for tiny splinters - it will need sanding on all 4 edges to make it nice to the hand.
    Last edited by Lorian; 01-01-2018 at 5:39 PM.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 1st Jan 18, 5:39 PM
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    locally the only place that cuts to size is B&Q (no charge for several cuts, not sure the limit). Others may do but not where I live.

    They have a massive laser-aligned cutter. Give them mm dimension not inches!
    Originally posted by Lorian
    Sadly, no B&Q anywhere close. There is a Wickes and a Homebase though so I'll give them a ring tomorrow. I think hardboard will be just right.
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 2nd Jan 18, 6:16 AM
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    MDF is much too heavy.
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    Thats what I use, not heavy at all in the small size that you need although I think ply would be a lot lighter.
    Last edited by sarah1972; 02-01-2018 at 7:22 AM.
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 4th Jan 18, 10:32 PM
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    Signwriters will cut correx or foamex (although they can be cut carefully with several passes of a stanley knife) and they might even have a used sign they've taken down which you could have for a donation to the staff biscuit fund.
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 15th Jan 18, 10:20 AM
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    Just an update. I bought a piece of hardboard in Homebase - quite cheap and they have reinstated their cutting service.

    Thanks for all your suggestions.
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