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Jul 15, 2005, 11:09 PM

What can I use for my work bench underlay to put pins into?


I was wondering what everyone used as an underlay on their workbench so you can push pins into it?

I have tried MDF and Ply, but they are a little hard, the pins will bend, and it can be a real pain to put them in.

Is there a product or something that serious builders use?

Many thanks
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Jul 15, 2005, 11:15 PM
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acoustic cieling tile is popular.. it conforms to the surface under it... so you need a flat surface and can't be moving it off the workbendch. gives you a 2 ftX 4 ft pinning surface.
Jul 16, 2005, 11:46 AM
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Cork board

I bought a cork board from staples. Tape down the plan and pin away!
Plus it's got a wood frame and is more durable and movable than ceiling tile.
Jul 16, 2005, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by fhhuber506771
acoustic cieling tile is popular.. it conforms to the surface under it... so you need a flat surface and can't be moving it off the workbendch. gives you a 2 ftX 4 ft pinning surface.
What he said.

I've tried most of the non-commercial surfaces. I was partial to gypsum board (sheet rock) for awhile, but I gave that up because I was getting pieces that were not uniform in thickness, also my town considers gypsum to be building material and wont accept them in the trash.

I'm using ceiling tile right now and that seems to work OK. The thickness is uniform and it's easy on the pins. Celiing tile will not stand to be used as a cutting surface-- you need someting else for that.

Just make sure the surface under the tile is straight and uniform (Check with a metal straightedge/yardstick available at Home Despot. You can also use spray on contact cement to insure the tile stays flat.

Good luck.
Jul 16, 2005, 12:38 PM
It sometimes helps to note where the respondent lives . . .

Referring someone in Oz to The BORG or Staples won't do him much good.

Acoustical ceiling tile works (as was noted above), as does sheet foam building insulation, if you lot use that stuff.

For example, the Owens-Corning web site indicates their "Formular" is available in Oz.

That's what I use on my building table.
Jul 16, 2005, 05:57 PM
acoustic cieling tile works great for me ....
Jul 16, 2005, 07:45 PM
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I use big piece of high density foam..
Jul 16, 2005, 07:54 PM
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I'm using a piece of drywall - it's huge and easily takes pins. The downside is the same as ceiling tile in that you need to have a flat surface underneath it.

Jul 17, 2005, 06:06 PM
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I just got a 1200 x 900 sheet of partical board (cant remember how thick), and used builders wood glu to glue 300 x 300 cork flooring tiles directly to it.

All at your local Bunnings store.
Jul 29, 2005, 10:18 AM
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So far this one has been my ultimate building board for pinning things down to. A 2' x 4' untextured ceiling tile with 1/8" cork laminated to both sides and banded around the edge with wood. Total thickness is 3/4". https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...9&postcount=42

I used to use cork covered bulletin boards but they are expensive and usually have a frame that needs to be removed to get the board to lay flat on the bench.
Jul 29, 2005, 07:28 PM
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Homasote board is by far the best thing to use.........you need to go to a lumber yard to get it....a real lumber yard....not Home Despot or Slowes! It's grey in color and made from recycled paper....takes pins real easy and as long as you don't get it wet it will stay flat.......it comes in 4 x 8 sheets for about $20 http://www.homasote.com/
If you look at this site they have a supplier locater that will tell you where to get it.
Sep 02, 2006, 06:51 PM
I use that brown card type of laminated flooring underlay, takes pins very well and also deals with minor cutting very well, it come's in packs's of six each 3' x 2.5'. you have to use a nice flat building board but the underlay come's in a thickness range from 1/4" to 1.5".... Im in the UK and franks flooring is the place....
Sep 02, 2006, 07:25 PM
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I like cork floor tiles glued down onto flat top things dont slide around as the cork tends to grip,and you can pick them up cheap from remnant sales.
Sep 03, 2006, 05:46 AM
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I went to a school junk sale and picked up 4 large cork boards, i un framed them then I laid a copy of my plans on top. Then i taped a large piece of butchers or wax paper on top of every thing. That way i can see the plans and not get glue on them. Total thickness is about an inch (each sheet was a little over a 1/4" thick and i glued them all together using a rubber cement)
Sep 07, 2006, 06:20 PM
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foam board works great for me on top of a glass pane or a sturdy bench<dining table>. its light, cheap, can be easily cut down for smaller projects, and can be used for many other things. I generally use a stack of two sheets and pin then together at the corners.


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