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Cardboard for a pinstripe?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by reverendrally, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Right, so I've invested waaaayyy... too much time in working this out. Looked for fibre veneer, imported some stained poplar (turned out to be too small), found local vendors of similar stuff and the best thing I can find is this...


    It's 0.6mm thick and $80 for 2500 x 640mm. I've looked at the spec sheet and it's recycled timber. What I'm wondering is, how is it really any different to cardboard. Now sure, the dye in cardboard is water based and this would be mineral based, but aside of that, I'm struggle to see the difference.

    I did a test piece with some pine with purple cardboard laminated between it a few weeks back. I then tru-oiled it and left it. The cardboard hasn't swelled or anything, so I think it's safe. The only potention issue I see is the dye running a little during gluing, but after sanding, it all seems to be clean and neat.

    Appreciate your thoughts on whether I'm just being a dangerous tightwad or if this would actually work... :confused:
  2. Just btw, this isn't structural bits, but just something to go under the top laminate as an accent... although the titebond seems to soak right through it anyway.
  3. Seems like the 'fiber' product LMII sells. I've had pretty good luck with that stuff. my only complaint with it is that on contours, if this stuff is cut through at a steep angle, it can look more greyish than black. Looks better than dyed veneer.
  4. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    I can't see cardboard handling any stress and NOT separating unless the glue penetrates it. I know of someone in New Zealand who's a woodworker, machinist and makes hand planes- he might be able to lend some advice. Let me know if you want his website link, so you can contact him.
  5. Ok, tested it to destruction and FAIL! Split way too easily...


    Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained... :rolleyes:
  6. James Mobius

    James Mobius

    Feb 28, 2011
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Too bad it didn't work out, but thanks for sharing.

    I had been considering using some cellulose board material that may or may not be the same stuff that stewmac sells - and this bears up the necessity of testing