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Alan Gordon 511/09/2017 19:10:52
25 forum posts

Hi Folks

Need to build a new building board. The construction of the board is not a problem but I was going to lay a sheet of Sundela on top. Would this be suitable ? or is there an alternative some one could suggest.

Jez Harris 111/09/2017 20:45:33
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easy to push pins into, dirt cheap and when its time is up easy to replace.
Flyer11/09/2017 20:47:18
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108 photos

Just make sure you make a well supported base; well worth the effort to keep it nice and flat.

I used furniture board with two layers of cork tiling on. Keeps flat, and takes pins easily.


Dwain Dibley.11/09/2017 20:48:43
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1506 photos

Ditto That, i use plaster board, and it is brilliant....Heavy too so movement....


Mark Elen11/09/2017 20:49:37
527 forum posts
1022 photos

Hi Alan,

Welcome to the forum.

Another vote here for plasterboard. Mine is just layed onto an old kitchen worktop unit in the garage. Lovely and flat, takes pins easily and it will last a fair while too



Alan Gordon 511/09/2017 21:03:24
25 forum posts

Thank you gentlemen,

Plasterboard it is


Broken Prop11/09/2017 21:15:40
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1 photos

Sundela board is flat, durable and will not warp. The trouble is that it is too hard to accept modelling pins without tapping them in.

Then the pins bend.


Tom Thomas11/09/2017 23:48:45
315 forum posts
207 photos

I too use plaster board, I spent a couple of quid on a bit from bnq and its lasted long enough to build 3 models on!

Ron Gray12/09/2017 09:00:12
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978 photos

Just tape the raw edges of the plasterboard to stop getting white plaster marks everywhere and to stop the edges getting damaged.

Kevin 21612/09/2017 09:06:07
223 forum posts

Plasterboard - B&Q sell quarter sheets for less than a fiver. I use 9mm MDF on my bench to keep it flat.

Nigel R12/09/2017 09:11:18
3982 forum posts
718 photos

another vote for plasterboard as the disposable top surface

Rob Ashley12/09/2017 09:23:08
256 forum posts
86 photos

Plasterboard is dead easy to use and also a great surface.

I have also tried MDF (my current board) which works really well too, especially as you can re-use the same holes unlike plasterboard. It takes a little more effort to put the pins in but it does have better grip and also can be used to cut bits on as it takes a little more abuse than plasterboard.

Either work very well I found.

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Philflyer12/09/2017 09:40:43
113 forum posts
74 photos

I have a 2 metre B&Q value worktop covered with wood fibre underlay (search on underlay for laminate floors). Takes pins easily, very flat and will last longer than me. Any cheap mdf will do for the base and the 5mm fibre board is £9.99 for 7 sq metres from Screwfix.

Alan Gordon 512/09/2017 15:20:22
25 forum posts

Excellent advice chaps, many thanks

Stevo12/09/2017 18:47:19
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419 photos

Plasterboard. Make sure the base is sound. When the top gets a little worn and needs replacing, use an oscillating sander with 80 grit. Fill any detents with polyfilla or similar and sand also. Then use wallpaper paste and glue 1000g lining paper over it and trim. Hey presto, a new surface.

I also use 6mm ply, coated in varnish, screwed over that to protect it if I'm working with anything heavy.

onetenor12/09/2017 19:22:09
1901 forum posts

Fibre board as used in message boards is ideal as taking pins is what it's designed for..

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