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GuySavoie
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I built a "Book of Life" using dollhouse style concealment 6 years ago, and finished it with a rugged red fabric. It was the perfect finish for the illusion.

For materials, yep, birch ply, aluminum sheeting, and laminates have been my bread and butter as well.

--- Guy
MarkTripp
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That explains why you keep chipping your teeth.....
GuySavoie
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Scruffy the Clown
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I have had no problems with the masonite and warpage. We have used it for years in our guitar shop for making patterns.
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I´ve used all kinds o material but my personal
favourite is metal - if you have the right machinery
for bending etc. it´s really cheap, fast working with
and long lasting + gives you that extra centimeter / inch
magicsiow
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Anyone of you using aluminum sheet to replace plywood? How to you use it? How thick of an aluminum sheet? I always use formica for finishing as I know plastic resin products aren't suitable for summer outdoor shows. Do your have any opinion ?
Jack Murray
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When using aluminum sheeting where stength is necessary, I use 10ga. This is approx. 1/8" thick. If strength isn't a factor, then 14 works fine.

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Another route to consider is the coil coated sheet materials that are available. These are usually around the 5mm thickness mark, aluminum faces back and front (coil coated in a colour) with a PVC core. It can be machined easily and can be scored using a 45 degree router bit then folded up to make dimensional boxes etc.
Dibond, Reynobond are a couple of the products available over here in the UK. They are great for the more cosmetic parts of a prop.
In respect of cloth coverings etc. take the fire rated route. You can get a variety of thin leatherette type materials and velvets to cover various elements of deception. A supplier route to research are the companies that supply coverings for the exhibition industry.

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Mark
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alexkrey
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In Russia they make sheets from duralumin - aluminium by thickness in 1 mm. They are very easy to work with and are strong, but they cannot be bent more than 90 degrees.
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For plywood items try the 10mm (3/8") ply found at Home depot type places (in the US). It is multple ply for stability, smooth, strong, lighter than 1/2"

For medium size props, try the PVC foam core sheets. They come in 4x8' sheets @ $60 per sheet. Not cheap, but easy to work with, light, and easy to paint. With a little glue you can quickly assemble items without bracing, corner fillets, etc. I also found out it is waterproof (found this out when I broke an egg in an open top box and had to wash it out!)
magicsiow
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Do your mean doing a dimensional boxes like size of tip over box...using aluminum sheeting, duralumin, PVC coil coated sheet or PVC foam core sheets 5mm or 10 mm thickness...
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