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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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There has been several posting where members, myself included, were seeking sources to purchase Woodstalk. I live in Montana and I found a source in Spokane WA.
I'm a novice in this wonderful world of making sawdust and chips, and I'm not the least bit embarresed to admit that I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I sure can't see what the hoop-de-la is or the desire to obtain Woodstalk. I'll admit that it's easier to insert a screw then it is in MDF. I purchased a 1/2 4x8 sheet - it was not as flat as a 1/2 4x8 sheet of MDF - it seems to be heaver than MDF - it was $5.75 more than MDF. I dropped a small piece on the foor and it broke the corner like a wafer. Maybe it's an environmental thing, but I wasn't impressed. Maybe Bob and Rick get a sponsor fee for promoting it, but I'll stick to MDF for templates etc and good old wood for projects.
I would be interest in other comments regarding Woodstalk - maybe I'm missing somthing, after months of searching and an 8 hour drive to obtain it I was disapointed.
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Angus, Woodstalk is lighter than MDF by about 20%. It doesnt swell like particle board if it gets wet. This product is made from wheat straw and polyurethane. There are different grades of Woodstalk. One was designed to replace wood as an underlayment; another is designed to replace drywall. None are designed specificly for use in furniture building, but it works out well for many applications. As far as price goes, I know in the Detroit area a 4' x 8' x 3/4" sheet retails for $15 at HD, so it is far cheaper here than MDF. Nothing will ever replace wood, and this is not for all types of projects. It does take paint well and is suitable for use in many projects.

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Thank you for your reply - I paid $27.00 for 1/2 4 x 8 - Detroit is a lot cheaper - I guess I was expecting something different - as far as weight I'll concede my error, but not by much - a 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 16 piece of MDF weighs 18 1/2 oz - Woodstalk was 18 oz.
This piece is marked Woodstalk Gold.-believe me my posting was not intended to degrade Woodstalk or to question Bob & Rick - it was just one mans opinion looking for others
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