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need some material for making guitar building templates and these are about all i can find at lowes. will either of these work?

7/16 x 4 x 8 OSB Sheathing $8.12

5/8 x 48 x 24 Premium Particleboard $7.68
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the only mdf i could find was a little thick and a little more than i wanted to spend
3/4 x 48 x 96 Premium MDF $34.12

the only hardboard i could find was a little thinner than i would like

DPI 3/16-in x 4-ft x 8-ft Brown/Unfinished Hardboard Wall Panel $13.48
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MDF would be a little better. It will sand to a smoother finish along the edges.The OSB might be hard to mark out because the surface is rough but I suppose either one of the two you mentioned would work if you can get the edges sanded smooth so that a bearing will follow them smoothly.

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The particle board isn't much cheaper at about $31 for 32 sq. ft.. You could go with 3/8 or 1/2 in most cases but that won't save you a lot.

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would the particle board be better/easier to use than the osb?
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I don't care for either. I use 1/2" plywood, two pieces glued together, giving me 1" thick templates - or masters as I call them. Gives a nice hefty bulk to hold on to.

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would the particle board be better/easier to use than the osb?
If you have to draw the patterns out and then cut and sand to the lines you will have trouble with the OSB's surface texture and color changes.

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For me, mdf is the way to go, smoother surface for the bearing to ride on equals a smoother cut with the bit, sometimes a little more money means a little less work in the end.
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