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Old 02-27-2006, 10:09 PM
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Hi
Do yall think a cheap door from lowes would make a good building board if i sat it on a flat workbench ?
Have not built a kit in about 15 years .
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:13 PM
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extra1968,
A 2'x6' hollow core door makes an excellent building board. They are very flat building surfaces and they are usually pretty cheap. Ask them if they have one that is damaged. Usually the damage is on one side and you can use the other side. They will usually sell the damaged door very cheap (I picked one up for $5).

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[8D]I've used them for years. Look for a luan sheeted, hollow core door. Check to be sure
that they are true, i.e., not warped. Most are straight and level with a nice smooth finish,
and easy to stick pins into. Home Depot most likely sells them, also. They should be
available in the $20-$25 range, give or take a few dollars.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:17 PM
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what about push pins (t pins) ?will they work ok with the door?
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:43 PM
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Yes, no problem.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:51 PM
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Yes, you can push the t-pins through the door. Here's a tool that will save your fingers as you work. [link=http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXK358&P=7]Great Planes PinDriver T-Pin Pusher[/link]
Or if you want you can get a ceiling tile to put over the door to push pins in. The door will keep the tile flat and level and the tile will let you put pins in. Before I built my magnetic building system I put the pins directly into the door.

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Old 02-27-2006, 11:00 PM
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It's a great building board. I still use one to this day. If you check Lowes you can find one that is pre-primed.
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Old 02-27-2006, 11:03 PM
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Extra,

Top the door with ceiling tiles, then top that with cork. The cork is easily replacable and it and the tiles are easy to push pins into. The tiles will last a long time before they need replacing.

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I too think that hollow doors are great, but why buy? I usually find them behind door shops ready and waiting for the trashman.
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