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Is Tempered 1/4 inch Hardboard adequate for making templates. I see most people suggesting MDF for templates and I have no doubt it is fine, but my main concern is it being too thin. I have a full sheet of the aforementioned hardboard collecting dust and thought I could possibly use it in place of MDF.

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Is Tempered 1/4 inch Hardboard adequate for making templates. I see most people suggesting MDF for templates and I have no doubt it is fine, but my main concern is it being too thin. I have a full sheet of the aforementioned hardboard collecting dust and thought I could possibly use it in place of MDF.
Hi Ken - last piece of tempered hardboard I got from the BORG calipered out much less than 1/4", much closer to 3/32". 1/4 MDF has been 1/4" for me... at least so far. The stuff is getting like candy bars... same price, smaller portions Either will work, I like MDF because I have a difficult time getting hardboard smooth on both sides around here as well as the size issues.

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Hi Ken - last piece of tempered hardboard I got from the BORG calipered out much less than 1/4", much closer to 3/32". 1/4 MDF has been 1/4" for me... at least so far. The stuff is getting like candy bars... same price, smaller portions Either will work, I like MDF because I have a difficult time getting hardboard smooth on both sides around here as well as the size issues.
Hi John...The sheet I have is smooth on both sides and I can't find 1/4" MDF at either HD or Lowe's here. There is a couple more places I can try that may have the 1/4" MDF before using the hardboard even though their prices are outrageous. Out of curiosity I measured the thickness of my hardboard at each corner and the centers and it was .230 in all locations which of course is a tad shy of 1/4", but probably not enough to matter if push comes to shove.

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Hi John...The sheet I have is smooth on both sides and I can't find 1/4" MDF at either HD or Lowe's here. There is a couple more places I can try that may have the 1/4" MDF before using the hardboard even though their prices are outrageous. Out of curiosity I measured the thickness of my hardboard at each corner and the centers and it was .230 in all locations which of course is a tad shy of 1/4", but probably not enough to matter if push comes to shove.

Hi Ken just put the caliper on the barrel length of your bushings. For that matter, just lay the bushing up against the stuff and make sure the material is thicker than the bushing barrel length. That'll tell you quick enough whether you'll have an issue or not.
My HD carries the 1/4" in the "handi-panel" (2'x4') size....$7.50. I haven't seen it in 4' x 8'.

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Hi

Many craft stores have it on hand all the time, the norm is 1/4" x 2ft x 2ft. many sign shops / picture frame shops have it also....

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HD and Lowes carry 3/16" Masonite. You have to buy from a building supply or real lumber yard to get 1/4" Masonite. The sheets are oversize, larger than 4 x 8 but for the life of me I can't remember the dimensions. I use this for all my templates.

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3/8" is a far better proposition, many template guides protrude too far to be able to use 1/4" which will enable you to use whatever guides you have now and in the future.

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Harry, that may be true in Australia but many of the guide bushings available in North America require 1/2". The larger and more useful Oak Park/Lee Valley style bushings all work with 1/4" template material.

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Not to say anything about how hard it is to come by 3/8" MDF in the states. not to say anything about hardboard 3/8" thick..

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What about 10mm Bob?

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