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02-20-2016 06:25 PM

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We’re doing a bit of house cleaning and have a 15+ year old entertainment center that’s made from particle board. There’s a few nice sized shelves plus some of the pieces are close to 2’ x 6’ and 2” thick. Is it worth keeping this “wood” or should I just dump most of it? I can’t see an immediate use for it and the laminate is just stick on paper, it’s not a thicker glue on kind.

Part of me says keep it and the other says don’t hoard junk and get rid of it. I do plan on keeping all the hardware bits though…they don’t take up much space and I’ve used a lot of leftover flat pack furniture bits on other jobs/projects.

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 06:52 PM

Tom—I’m a hoarder. I’ve got bits of wood and hardware that I have stored for over 30 years in the hope that they may be useful some day.

But I don’t hoard particle board. I would dump it.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 06:56 PM

Take it all apart and hoard it for a while. Try to figure a good shop project for it. If you haven’t come up with anything in a couple of months, toss it.

I go with the motto:
When in doubt, throw it out!

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#3 posted 02-20-2016 06:58 PM

Dump it. Can’t really use it for anything worth your energy building. I just through out my stash of it that I was hoarding to use some day.

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#4 posted 02-20-2016 07:04 PM

If it is flat, it would make good material to build single-use jigs. I make enough jigs and templates that I usually have to buy brand-new mdf and particle board. The current project has consumed about 4 sheets of particle board and mdf to make templates and bending forms.

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#5 posted 02-20-2016 07:38 PM

Strip the hardware and dump it. You know you want to or you wouldn’t have asked! Lol


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#6 posted 02-20-2016 08:11 PM

Throw it away and use your good Oak veneer plywood and your expensive hardwood lumber to make jigs out of.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 02-20-2016 10:15 PM

JAAune’s reply gets my vote. Save the P-board for jigs and other throwaway things that are gonna end up in the trash anyway.

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#8 posted 02-20-2016 11:06 PM

JAAune s reply gets my vote. Save the P-board for jigs and other throwaway things that are gonna end up in the trash anyway.

- splatman

Yep, it make a lot of sense.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 02-20-2016 11:18 PM

Do you need any shelves in the garage or a dry basement? If yes keep.

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#10 posted 02-21-2016 12:51 AM

I have old particle board stuff that made great shelves. until they sag. I use an old e-center as my chop saw table.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 02-21-2016 01:27 AM

After taking a long, hard look at the bits I kept 2 of the bigger shelf pieces and all the hardware. I put it up on Craigslist…and it was gone less than an hour later. With this and what I already have I’m good on particle board. Amazing how fast it went.

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#12 posted 02-21-2016 01:42 AM

Howdy Tom. I took apart my 25 year old Ent Cent a few years back. I used the pieces to line the inside of some upholstered benches/chests.

Like so much disposable furniture these days, I made these boxes fast. (Used to upholster.)

To be sure, we both had disposable furniture. Since you saved the pieces. You might find another disposable use for them yet.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 02-21-2016 07:19 AM

Since all particle board furniture has a tendency to melt and dissolve over time, someday that stuff will be sought after by museums and collectors. Of course you have to keep it dry and secure against thieves.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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