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Old 11-01-2019, 06:10 PM   #21
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The plywood gives you a way to make sure your foam stays put. Unmounted, it will slide all over the place at the slightest push. You also want a way to hold foam panels together. Make sure your joints in the foam are offset from each other.

And incidentally, do you have a real lumber yard near you? Big box store lumber is usually junk.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:46 PM   #22
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Ok I decided against foam in favor of something thick and heavy that will sit well on the carpet. Went to the store today and looked at 3/4" plywood. Then the 3/4" MDF caught my eye. I read up about the negatives of using MDF but I still think it's my preference. I'm going to have it cut to size at the store so that takes care of the safety issue. Dont care that its heavy. It's the smoothest sturdiest flattest surface. Taking a bit of a risk I know. But I think MDF may be the best choice for my particular layout.
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