Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I took the subway down to Lowes after work, shopped around for a while, and found a score: 5/8" x 2' x 2' particleboard sheets. I would really have preferred MDF, but they didnt have it in the size I wanted. Anyway, the nice thing about these types of boards is that they are cut very straight, have little warping (careful of water...) and are pretty strong. I snagged 5 of them. I also snagged some 1x4's for the support and the Y carriage. I tried to get a 4x4, but they only sold them in 6 foot lengths. way too long for me =) I settled on getting some more 1x4's and using some of those stacked as the z axis stuff.
Anyway, it was a ridiculous trip home. As I said, I had to take the subway. That meant tying up the wood, some in my backpack, slung like a crazy, wooden sword and me carrying the rest. I nearly hit a girl with the 4' piece of 1x4 which was really embarrassing. Did I mention particleboard is heavy? Yeah. Do they put lead in this stuff? On the plus side, I only had 1 transfer and there was a rad subway musician playing.
Naah, it's the glue they use to stick all the sawdust together that makes it heavy.
you could probably get by with it if you needed to...
Now I'll suggest grabbing a comment card next time you're in there. The two home improvement big-box stores in Lawton had fine service, even 15 minutes before closing. The semi-big-box home improvement store in Altus always has good service, (of course, I go there with my dad...who graduated, or is teaching, several of the staff there.)
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