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Yesterday I stopped at Peach State Lumber in Kennesaw, Georgia and they had a slew of 1.5"thk x 5' x 8' boards of maple melamine (MDF substrate) for sale at $10 a pop. Apparently a client of theirs wasn't able to make a payment and instead offered ~300 sheets of these. Peach State has turned around and started to sell them for dirt cheap.

These are pretty beaten up for the most part (read: the edges have some tear and there's the occasional dent), but they are AWESOME for shop tops. I bought two sheets and was able to get a 24"d x 5' top and a huge outfeed table out of one sheet.

 

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Ah, yes. The only caveat of these sheets are that they're at LEAST 300lbs a pop. The guys at Peach State assisted me in loading them into my truck (two fit fairly easily) and I had some help unloading them when I got them home. Fortunately my shop is in the garage so it's a ~10 foot move.
 

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That's a great price. As for the weight, MDF can be of different densities, up to about 90 LBS for ¾", 4' x 8", which works out to about 2.81 LBS/sq.ft.

For 1½", thick (5.62 LBS/sq.ft.), for 5' x 8', should be about 225 LBS. I ran across this site showing 1½", 5' x8', and the weight doesn't make sense...could be a misprint.






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It very well could be 225 lbs, I only tossed out the 300 lb figure because that's what the clerk at Peach State said while we were struggling to load the sheets into my truck.
 

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It very well could be 225 lbs, I only tossed out the 300 lb figure because that's what the clerk at Peach State said while we were struggling to load the sheets into my truck.
I was figuring at the top end of the weight/density factor. To that you would have to add the adhesive and the surfacing materials.





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I bought a lot from Peach State when I was in business, there isn't much they don't have and good prices also. That is a good deal on the panels, no way could I handle one now days.
 
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