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Just out of curiosity I searched for 'Lumberyards' in Houston...seems like the nearest big city to Splendora, Tx.
I think I'd like to spend some money here...
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4 x 8 sheet of 3/4" MDF at Home Depot in my neck of the woods is $22.50. The funny thing is the 1/2" thick sheet is $2 more....

I can go down to Wurth lumber and get thicknesses up to 1-1/2" MDF, but I can't imagine carrying a sheet of that around! https://www.wurthwoodgroup.com/plywood-lumber/mdf/ I usually am grabbing 1/4 or 3/8 down there for templates or kids projects.
Local HomeDepot here 1/2" x 4' x8' is $21.57 , And 3/4" x4' x8' is $31.95 That same 1/2" X 24" x 24" MDF panel form Ebay at homeDepot is $5.99

Clay what they have on Eby is one 1/2" X 24" x 24" for $30. So they are cutting 8 pieces from a whole sheet and total for the whole sheet would be $240. Save that money and buy the MDF locally in sheet form and buy at least a handheld jigsaw to cut your panels. You need other tools anyway and you need something to cut up panels and cutout shapes. There are other tools you will need like sanders, files and possibly hand carving tools if you really want to clean up the carvings correctly. You will also need to consider how you will be finishing the projects so those are more tools you need to think about.
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Local HomeDepot here 1/2" x 4' x8' is $21.57 , And 3/4" x4' x8' is $31.95 That same 1/2" X 24" x 24" MDF panel form Ebay at homeDepot is $5.99

Clay what they have on Eby is one 1/2" X 24" x 24" for $30. So they are cutting 8 pieces from a whole sheet and total for the whole sheet would be $240. Save that money and buy the MDF locally in sheet form and buy at least a handheld jigsaw to cut your panels. You need other tools anyway and you need something to cut up panels and cutout shapes. There are other tools you will need like sanders, files and possibly hand carving tools if you really want to clean up the carvings correctly. You will also need to consider how you will be finishing the projects so those are more tools you need to think about.
They will usually make 1 cut for free, and I think they charge another buck or so for additional. If your vehicle isn't big enough for a half sheet, they could cut it into thirds for easy transport.
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Clay, we don't have a Home Depot here but Lowe's will cut a sheet up to your specs. The first cut is free and subsequent cuts are $0.50 each. So for around $30, you would have eight 2' x 2' panels. And listen carefully to Tom's advice about lung protection. This is not the time to get a paper filter mask. If you get a good mask with replaceable filters, you can use it for a long time. Many years from now your lungs will be glad you took the precautions.
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I buy allot of it from Home depot they cut it for me into 4 - 2ft X 4 ft pieces no charge. makes it easy to handle. I cut it out on scroll saw. Wear a respirator when working with it. I use it for making kids flappy footed push toy bodies it is easier to paint and holds up better then pine it doesn't crack 3/4" is like $22.00 per sheet. I buy my dowels from Ebay 100 3/8 by 36" at a time but I don't think I would buy my MDF there.
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My faborite dust protection is made by Rockler. It's a battery powered respirator. Fairly light and very soft on the face and mine blows a bit of air out the cheek area, which keeps my glasses from fogging. See pix.

Cutting your own sheets to size from a 4x4 sheet only requires a circular saw with a decent blade, and a straight edge to guide it. If you're not doing much else with it, you can buy a used saw for less than $50, new for double that. For a straight edge, you can use the edge of a large sheet of either ply or mdf, although the mdf will be more fragile. My DeWalt 18v saw easily handles this kind of cut and there's no cord to manage. Pix shows a fancy version that adds a piece of masonite, which will hold up for many years. Make the masonite section wider than the offset of the saw's blade and cut it off. That gives you an edge you can set right to your cut marks and helps control ragged edges, tear out. This will work for most of your cutting to size. Buy a 2 inch thick piece of insulating foam to lay your mdf on when cutting. Cut it outside on your driveway to let the sawdust blow away.

Finding a piece of really straight 1x4 to guide the saw may take going through dozens of pieces at Home Depot. After a rough sort by sighting along the edges from the end, I lay the candidates on the concrete floor, which is usually quite flat. I check all four sides to see if they really lay flat. That reveals twists and other flaws. If you find a really straight piece, count yourself lucky, and assemble your guide quickly while it's flat.

Hope this is helpful. Sounds like you really enjoy using your CNC, so I've attached a pdf of suggestions for making money by marketing your output.
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