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    Hello everyone,


    question for you all .. I would like to replace the cardboard panel on my trunk floor with a piece of wood , so I have something to attach my case to.

    The problem is I am at a loss as to what tpye of wood to use. MDF would be my primary choice but i thought that the weight would be an issue. The other possibility is particle board , but my concern with that is warping in the heat.

    can anyone throw some advice my way?

  • #2
    You can use Birch plywood or from Home Depot it is als called sand ply. It is multi layer cabinet grade plywood. Very attractive, strong, and light. It is your most expensive option but the product is worth the extra money.

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    • #3
      Agreed, plus MDF is turns to ****e when it's wet, so I wouldn't really put it anywhere where there's a chance it might be exposed to moisture.
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      • #4
        go with 1/4" plywood.

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        • #5
          Use some 1/2" MDF, and paint it with some fiberglass resin.. It'll be waterproof.
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          • #6
            Try some of this stuff and let us know how you like it.
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            • #7
              my parents have star board in their boat, inside the cabin, all of the non structural walls are starboard, its really neat how easy it is to work with. I helped my dad install some marine-grade jbl's and it cut through jsut like wood but smoother. its very strong, yet easy to work with.

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              • #8
                Altimate.....good link. That looks like a good material but I could not find a price on it to compare it to other materials. I am going to check into that more.

                Regular plywood, especially 1/4" does like to stay flat unless it is attached to some kind of frame. There are not enough layers in it. A 7 to 11 layer plywood is much better for this application.

                Escalade......thanks for responding to my PM.

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                • #9
                  MDF ought to work. If the cardboard isn't soaking up the water, the MDF won't either. Weight ought not be an issue if this is the floor of the trunk.

                  Otherwise, go for 1/2" plywood to avoid warpage.
                  Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                  I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SickVette
                    Altimate.....good link. That looks like a good material but I could not find a price on it to compare it to other materials. I am going to check into that more.
                    I grew up near the water, so materials like star-board and marine grade vents/grilles are easily assecible to me.

                    http://www.marisafe.com/Store/ViewCa...p?CID=35800000

                    click on the bold text and it'll tell you how much it cost for different sizes.

                    its really not bad prices and its a resin material so you can get it in any color you want without worrying about chipping it, even if you do end up covering it with carpet.

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                    • #11
                      Lol, sorry sickvette, I saw it in the thread. Its a cool garage. Your lucky.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bugbyte
                        Otherwise, go for 1/2" plywood to avoid warpage.
                        I dont know what your talking about, plywood warps horribly.

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                        • #13
                          Man that stuff is expensive. I can see paying for it to use it in a boat but not in a car. There are alot of boat builders around here and suppliers...I will stop in and check it out anyways. I just did a system in a 32' Baja (I think it is 32') and it would have come in handy with that job.

                          Thanks Escalade....I plan on expanding on it soon to add space for a CNC router and real paint booth.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Escalade182
                            I dont know what your talking about, plywood warps horribly.
                            Not if it's reasonably thick, like SickVette said. If you don't trust 1/2", go 3/4" but for the floor of the trunk, 1/2" would work.
                            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
                            Want to:
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                            -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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