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Rated 3 out of 5Â by dRudRu Great online price isn't worth the hassle......
I had been using this chalkboard material to make custom items with a laser cutter and it was working unbelievably well. Since I received more orders and remembered seeing the 4 pack online, I placed my order online to get 4 sheets for the in-store price of 2. Unfortunately, this was a bad decision. The 4 sheets arrived with some corner damage on 2 of the sheets. I ignored that since I was cutting them into smaller sections and end up with scrap areas anyway. The sheets were also fairly dirty as if they weren't stored properly.
As I began to cut some sheets on my laser, I noticed some major differences between the material purchased in the store.
The in-store material is more like MDF and 0.216" thick. It cuts beautifully with the laser and has hardly any char residue. From my experience with wood on the laser, this tells me the process used to make the MDF is dialed in and consistent.
The sheets purchased online were more like fiberboard, very dense, and thinner; only 0.193" thick. The SKUs online and in-store were the same.
Performing my first cut on the laser was the final nail in the coffin for this purchase. The material was not of a consistent density and charred heavily (excessive glue in the fiberboard manufacturing process creates the char). It took 4 passes to cut through this thinner material at the same setting that took a single pass on the in-store material.
Long story short: Just because the product in the store works well for something, don't think you can order the same material online just to save some money. Apparently HomeDepot either has multiple vendors for the same material or has very inconsistent suppliers.
I am hoping to take what I can back in for exchange with the in-store product or a refund since my online purchase was based upon results of using the exact same SKU from the store. Hopefully a local store still has some of the higher quality chalkboard.
(on a side note, I am not using this as chalkboard, so if you are looking for some plain chalkboard material that you will cut with a saw, this may be fine, but be cautious of corner damage and/or dirty product)
May 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kamya Excellent buy
Very pleased with the purchase . Used it as a chalkboard in the playroom. Just nail it to the wall and bammmmmmmm. It is way better than painting the wall with the chalkboard paint and ending up in the rough surface that is hard to clean. These boards cleans like new.
May 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Junkporium Versatile and economical
Been using chalk board paint for some vintage chalk board creations. (e.g. making chalk boards from old picture frames) These panels are great, easy to work with and a time saver over painting and waiting for paint to dry.
By planning in advance I can get them custom cut at the store and have pieces ready for several projects at the same time.
Good work, HD!
January 10, 2013