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Posted by Bradysdreaming, on 2010-07-13 10:25:29

Poster board for tie downs

Would it be possible to use poster board for tie downs? Because i have easy access to poster board and i don't really have any power tools for cutting wood.

Posted by alonso, on 2010-07-13 11:11:26

I tried cardboard and the problem I had was that it sagged from the weight of the puppet. So you can try it but you might need to have so many layers that it loses it's practicality, or run some supports under it in places where you don't expect to need tiedowns

Posted by Bradysdreaming, on 2010-07-13 14:37:06

I was meaning that foam board stuff you can get at staples. Sorry I didnt mean poster board.

Posted by idragosani, on 2010-07-13 16:38:36

You mean the stuff that is about 1/4" thick. It might work for small sets, but I can't imagine it would be rigid enough for something bigger than 1 - 2' square, unless you can reinforce it underneath. You don't want your floor jiggling or sagging unexpectedly!

Posted by Nick H, on 2010-07-13 19:19:08

I would NOT use it for the set floor if you want to make puppets with regular screw type tie-downs. It would squish when you tighten the wingnut on the tiedown, so it would be hard to get enough tension. Soon it would have crushed areas around the tiedown holes you use most. Foamcore can be used for very small light puppets where you stick a pin down through the foot. It is not as secure as a threaded tiedown but it is one trick used by beginners. You can buy various pre-cut sizes of particle board at the big hardware stores. Then all you need is to be able to drill holes in it, and these days there are some very cheap power drills for sale. If that is not possible, get that masonite stuff with holes already in it that is used for hanging tools on.... what's it called? It pays to use 2 layers with the holes lined up, otherwise it flexes too much. You need a timber frame around the outside to support it, and if it's bigger than about 18" you should have another piece of framing in the middle. If you buy one sheet, you can ask them to cut it in half for you at some timber stores - for a small fee. The same with perforated steel, it needs a lot of framing to support it or it pops up and down.

Posted by grecodan, on 2010-07-13 23:56:03

[div class="dcquote"][strong]Quote[/strong] If that is not possible, get that masonite stuff with holes already in it that is used for hanging tools on.... what's it called? [/div] Pegboard. Comes in two sizes (of holes) - 1/4 and 3/16. The smaller holes are good for 8/32 tie-down screws. I can get 2x4 sheets of it at the local Home Depot store.