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    1/8 mdf?

    feel really dumb asking this question, but im looking for 3mm mdf or 1/8" mdf boards....

    3mm mdf seems to be common in australia for frame backing boards.

    i don't need a full 4' x 8' sheet, i just want somethinglike 24" x 48" or even smaller.

    it has to be pretty flat....

    and for some reason, i can't seem to find any online stores that just sell these boards for drawer / frame use.

    please let me know.

    thanks

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    RE: 1/8 mdf?

    I've never seen MDF in that thickness, but there's a lot of "Masonite" brand hardboard in thicknesses like that. You can get it "tempered" (hard, slick surface) on either or both faces, or you can get it "untempered" soft, knobbly surface) on either or both faces.

    It's really pretty similar to MDF, but there appears to be more of the urea-formaldehyde binder added to it.

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    RE: 1/8 mdf?

    can it go be cut by the laser printer?

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    RE: 1/8 mdf?

    I don't think I have seen less than 1/4" (or around 6mm) here B4.
    And cut it with a laser printer??? Hummm....
    Well, my interest has peaked with that idear. :7
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    RE: 1/8 mdf?

    That's got me. I don't know of anything that can be cut with a laser printer... do you mean with a laser? Like the ones that make engravings in wood? I'm sure it could be... but Leo (ArticFox) does have a machine that I KNOW can cut all sorts of fancy designs in it... :)

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    RE: 1/8 mdf?

    No - a printer cannot cut anything

    Yes a Laser engraver can cut up to about 1/8 inch (.125 inch) 3mm is .118 inch.

    Epilog laser machines pop up in our banner advertising from time to time

    Sawmill Creek has an EXCELLENT laser engraving forum. Quite a few professionals in there. I HIGHLY recommend them for your questions

    I am not sure you would want to try cutting or engraving MDF or Pressed hardboard (masonite). They are not really "wood".

    I "have" heard of thin MDF - but I think maybe it was 1/4 inch. The laser engravers will not cut that thick.

    I would definately check out Sawmill Creek.
    http://www.sawmillcreek.org/forumdisplay.php?f=8

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    RE: 1/8 mdf?

    MDF does come in 1/8" thickness, have used it here in Canada for shelf backs, available in US here for example:
    http://www.dixieply.com/mdfatlanta.shtml

    It does have a tendency to curl because it is so thin, a stack of it will bend around the supports under it so it is often not flat when you buy it at most lumber yards, think orange.

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    RE: 1/8 mdf?

    I have a fairly local specialty plywood dealer that has 1/8" mdf. Check your yellow pages, often times you need to present yourself as a business to open an account since they are wholesale.

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