Elusive material or Why I love BMC West
Now I say “voila” like “poof! a board was created with little effort.” But in reality, this project posed a unique issue…where to find the damn board material. Cork is expensive, non-renewable and heavy. We know that Shim and Sons uses Homasote. But in Washington, only one store seems to sell it…and heck if we were going to drive down to Kent voluntarily.
Diana called Lowe’s and Home Depot and I called BMC West. No one carried Homasote but Lowe’s and BMC claimed to carry a similar “sound proofing” board. Lowe’s was a dead end (although they showed us a few products that weren’t even close to the “compressed paper board” we were requesting-thanks a lot) But BMC West, as usual, came through. Since they cater to the construction industry and not the home improvement industry, they’re a bit rougher around the edges, but infinitely more knowledgable than other places. It was $10 for a 4′x8′ sheet of the stuff (that you can cut using a box knife) and it was light, sturdy and perfect for our project. (It did smell a bit musty, but that went away after a little bit).
So long story longer, if you want to make an awesome covered pinboard/pocketboard go to a local construction supply store and find Homasote or Sound Insulating or Sound Proofing board.
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