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Old 08-11-2018, 04:21 PM   #1
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Foam Cabinet Build technique - anyone use?

I've read on multiple van sites and YouTube of van dwellers (full and part timers) building their cabinets using foam insulation board and making it rigid using paint/screen/paper or cloth covering and other similar techniques. There are some teardrops people have built using the same techniques. Has anyone built their cabinets/furniture this way and if so how durable is it? Attached is a pdf of one build technique I saved for reference.

Ultralight foam cabinet build technique.pdf
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Interesting stuff, I'm gonna ponder if I'd be able to use this in my build.
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Interesting stuff, I'm gonna ponder if I'd be able to use this in my build.
It looks quite interesting. Saves lots of weight and you can build it easily with minimal tools and in a variety of shapes. Ive just never seen it in person.
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Great idea. I was thinking of using foam board for interior divider walls for sound absorbtion and weight saving.

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foam core

I have used foam core products 6mm (0.25") to 25mm (1.0") thick. The stuff I was working with has fiberglass strands mixed with closed cell foam, with a layer of chopper strand fiberglass on each side, about .5mm (0.020") thick.

strong and light. example..... 17mm thick, about 5/8" seemed to be about as strong as 5 layer plywood 13mm (0.5") thick, but was basically waterproof and weighed less than 6mm (0.25") plywood. The cost of this stuff was expensive, and I do not know about toxicity if burned. I think this get used for rebuilding boat decks amongst the more popular uses. cut and treat like plywood, wear particulate masks, I was using epoxy to glue edges together, no metal fasteners. neat stuff.... google "foam core fiberglass composite" lots and lots of stuff out there.

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I watched a shower stall with a foam bench built on this old house.
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