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Reply #11 - Apr 1st, 2016 at 1:32pm
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jwwasham wrote on Mar 31st, 2016 at 6:04pm:
When I got back into s&t after forty years away, I read all the info I could find about building boards.  Decided to try magnets.  I went to Home Depot and got thin galvanized sheet steel and approx eighty plain magnets.  I'm never going back to pins! The magnets work so nice, for me.  The steel comes in several sizes from a foot square to two by four feet.  I used scotch tape to attach the edges to my workbench. Works great.  When I'm cutting stuff, I put a piece of Masonite on top of the steel.  Like I said, this is what works for me, and I'm very pleased with it.  I've done peanut sized s&t models up to full size c/l stunters on it.  Just my two cents.
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I'm right there with you, John. Can't imagine going back to pins. There is a bit of a learning curve, though...
  
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Reply #10 - Mar 31st, 2016 at 8:03pm
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I too like the magnet board!!! very nice!
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Reply #9 - Mar 31st, 2016 at 6:04pm
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When I got back into s&t after forty years away, I read all the info I could find about building boards.  Decided to try magnets.  I went to Home Depot and got thin galvanized sheet steel and approx eighty plain magnets.  I'm never going back to pins! The magnets work so nice, for me.  The steel comes in several sizes from a foot square to two by four feet.  I used scotch tape to attach the edges to my workbench. Works great.  When I'm cutting stuff, I put a piece of Masonite on top of the steel.  Like I said, this is what works for me, and I'm very pleased with it.  I've done peanut sized s&t models up to full size c/l stunters on it.  Just my two cents.
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Reply #8 - Mar 31st, 2016 at 4:43pm
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I would imagine it would be like laminating a cutting board alternating the grain so it would be working to keep things the board flat.
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Reply #7 - Mar 31st, 2016 at 1:51pm
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I have a ton of 3/32 from Hobbico but its all really good balsa. I rarely use it..but you know how it is..lol. If it was just so/so sheets I wouldnt even think twice about not using it, but this stuff is all primo. I wonder if you should alternate the grain on a balsa board?
  
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Reply #6 - Mar 31st, 2016 at 1:24pm
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That's a good idea...glue it together like a cutting board and plane it flat and your set.  You might want to glue a pine or harder border to keep it from warping.  Just a thought!
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Reply #5 - Mar 31st, 2016 at 8:43am
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I tried the Elmers foam board lately..worked kinda decent but I kept using it for a cutting mat also while building..lol
I have since switched to a hard ceiling tile sheet. These work real good also. I might just go to AC Moore and buy up a bunch of the rock balsa I have left there for some unlucky soul to buy,and build me a huge board with a frame.
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 6th, 2016 at 12:15pm
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Maybe a little late for this thread...but....  Many years ago I constructed a couple of building boards...one for peanut models and the other for big stuff...one is about 20" long and the big one is something like 4'.

The two primary components are 1/2" plywood for a base...larger board uses heavy particleboard shelving.  The working surface is what used to be called "celetex soundboard."  At the time I was finishing my home interior and decided to soundproof the family room.  So I had material scraps to work with.  I'm sure it is still out there at the local hardware stores.  It is basically a board made of pressed fibers...easy to stick with pins and thumbtacks.

I secured the celotex to the working board with short roofing nails (can see the head of one in photo) and then finished the now composite edge with common duct tape.  Presto...very good working boards, very durable and portable...been using them now for 35 years. 

Of course I'm using pins, but they've worked well for me over the past half-century-plus.  Magnets look like they'd be nice...but then I'm an old dog, etc.  What I like most about these boards is that I can set them up in my shop or on a nice day, I can take them outside.  I can even use them while sitting at my desk in the den, or throw one in the SUV and go off to Arizona where I've been known to winter.  They can also be flipped and the bottom wood surface used while cutting balsa parts.

I suppose the biggest "point" is that I haven't worn them out throughout all these years of use.

Hey, when I was a mere boy I used to use the side of a cardboard box.  Worked great...until the next build...then I'd just get a new one.  But certainly no need to HAMMER pins. Let's have fun.  Wink
  

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Reply #3 - Dec 22nd, 2015 at 9:27pm
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See also here: http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_forum/index.php?topic=12824.0

I have used 3/4" pine boards for years and hammered pins into them with a small brass hammer.
More recently, I have covered my pine with 2 layers of paper-covered foam from our local dollar store.
I would prefer to use 1" blue insulating styrofoam glued to the board, but I would have too much left over, and that would be a waste.

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Reply #2 - Dec 22nd, 2015 at 9:25pm
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Always wanted a true balsa board, but never could see wasting all that good balsa on one. Often wondered how long a big square dart board would last. Buy like 3 and frame them in.
  
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Reply #1 - Dec 22nd, 2015 at 12:41pm
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Here's a link to some stuff that is cool, and pretty cheap.   

http://www.bhplans.com/
  

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Building boards
Dec 22nd, 2015 at 12:21pm
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Hi everybody,
Going to make a new building board. Thinking of going with magnets. What size do you guys use?
Has this topic already been done?

Anybody want to share busy building board pics?  Pin type or magnets, Looking for ideas for jigs, squares, straight edges, ect.

  

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