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Old 02-26-2006, 05:24 AM   #1
Bryan McWilliams
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Finally started on my platform last night, using the plan that involves 4*8 plywood. I had the 3/4" ply standing on end in my garage for a week or so. When I put the ply on the floor it had cupped.

Fortunately, I chose smoothe particle board for the middle layer. The p-board is dimensionally stable, and its weight flattened the cupped ply.

If I had it to do over, Ii would have used particle board for both layers.

Can't wait to slice the stall mat
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:37 AM   #2
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I just finished mine yesterday. Liquid nails and screws between the first two layers of plywood. Contact cement for the top center layer of plywood and the formerly 6'x4' rubber mats.

I used furring strips screwed down to locate the 11/32" plywood layer, this helped a lot. 2qts of contact cement was barely enough due to the absorbancy of the plywood.

The fact the rubber is not 100% continuous is the only thing I am not 100% happy about. It came out really well.

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Old 02-26-2006, 08:34 AM   #3
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When you make a 3-layer platform it's easy to arrange the plywood to cancel out any warp the individual pieces may have acquired. The 3rd layer of plywood is only an extra $35.

Particle board tends to disintegrate over time, especially if it gets wet.
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Old 02-26-2006, 12:23 PM   #4
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Do you finish the wood between the rubber or leave it rough or just seal it. If I wanted to paint a logo or something on the wood, what would be a good way to preserve the logo and not make the wood slick or is slick okay (I suspect not).
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Old 02-26-2006, 01:16 PM   #5
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I just put one layer of contact cement on the plywood as is and on the rubber. The cement was soaking into the plywood, 2 coats of cement would probably have been best, but one was sufficient. If it delams, I will do it again and it will be solid.

I read to leave the plywood for the feet unfinished. You may be able to get away a stain that does not change the surface but soaks into the wood. Safe is better than sorry tho.
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Old 02-26-2006, 01:43 PM   #6
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I used maple plywood for the top and sealed it with 2-3 light coats of polyurethane. I did not sand between coats in order to leave the surface a little grippier.
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Old 02-26-2006, 02:17 PM   #7
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