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Forum topic by richardchaos posted 09-04-2017 11:08 PM 570 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2017 11:08 PM

Right now I live in a College town. BUT when I was in college, (Money wasted!) one thing that always impressed me in a NEGATIVE way was how heavy furniture was of mine and friends who I helped move! Literally I would try to talk my friends out of breaking up with their boyfriend/girlfriend, because I didn’t want to move their stuff as I was the only one in the frat house that drove a pickup truck!

I have always wondered since then WHY wood furniture had to weigh so much????

As far as PANELS for sides and backs why couldn’t you VENEERER gator board or foam core. These are used in signage a lot and are very light and as far as GATORBOARD it is very stiff and firm and resists warping cupping and twisting..

MANY years ago I lived next to a artist that made just about everything asked of him He called himself a FABRICATOR! Very talented guy. He asked me to help him with moving some stuff for a employee appreciation show for Dell Computer in Austin Texas. I did I couldn’t believe how light the stuff was. He told me he used gatorboard. When I ask how strong it was he asked me to come onto his shop and see something. He had an I Beam made of Gatorborad. It was like 6 inches high with two members across like 4 inches glued together and with some screws. He put it between two concrete blocks. The length was like 2 feet. Told me to stand on it. Not only did it fail but it didn’t even flex

Its couldn’t be any worse that Chinese made plywood?

Has anyone else tried using foamcore or gatorboard as a plywood or OSB or Particle board replacement?

-- β€œIn a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#1 posted 09-04-2017 11:32 PM

Our cubicle desks, filing cabinets etc at work are particle board, 1” to 1.5” thick particle board depending if it is a wall or a flat surface, man is that shit heavy.

I imagine there is a huge price difference.

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