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Best material to use as board backing?

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kt123
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I have all the other neccesarry materials to make my own boards, but i'm struggling to find a nice material to use as a board backing.
My board is going to be 20 inches x 20 inches.
Should i concentrate my search to DIY stores or to book binders or even craft shops? What should i ask for when i visit these places? (ie. Is there a technical name for the type of material?)
I'm looking for something similar to what's on the monopoly board, i also noticed the protoparts board had a nice backing, maybe i should email the guy who run's the store.
Any help in my search appreciated.

btaggart
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Best material to use as board backing?

Why not buy a pre-made, folding 20x20 board from Protoparts?

Protoparts.bgdf.com

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Best material to use as board backing?

btaggart wrote:
Why not buy a pre-made, folding 20x20 board from Protoparts?

Protoparts.bgdf.com

I hate to say it but using a protoparts board seems easier said than done. Anyone had any luck with one? Of course if you printed it full sized with a banner printer it would be easy, but that's a very expensive print job. I've tried at least 4 times to 'slice' the game board image, then attach it to the board. Works pretty good, until you try to fold it up.

Anyone else had luck?
-Darke

kt123
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Why not buy a pre-made, folding 20x20 board from Protoparts?

Protoparts.bgdf.com

The main reason is i live in the UK, and the shipping is way too exspensive, also i wasn't that impressed with the quality overall, and i'd prefer a single fold board.

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Best material to use as board backing?

I just love too much foamcore board, so I suggest you this solution. You pint it on normal paper then stick it with double sided tape on the board starting to peel the paper from the corners to avoid ripples. Then you cut the board on the printout lines.

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Best material to use as board backing?

kt123 wrote:
I'm looking for something similar to what's on the monopoly board, i also noticed the protoparts board had a nice backing...

Most professionally made boards use one of two types of backings. Either they use a durable paper, or they use a synthetic binding material similar to the cover material used for books.

For a paper backing, most art papers will suffice. Since the board will folded and unfolded many times, you will want to reinforce the gutter with book binder's tape before applying the paper backing.

Special cover materials have been developed for use with game boards. They are MUCH thinner than regular cover materials and lack the paper or synthetic backing (but are designed to holdout any glue so that it won't show through). The only problem is that most suppliers of this type of material sell only in industrial quantities (large minimums). If you're lucky, you may be able to find a local retailer that sells this material.

When calling around, ask for cover material, then ask if they have anything specifically for game boards. Chances are they won't but it won't hurt to ask. Also, be sure to ask what the full dimensions of the materials are. Many of the book cloth suppliers I have seen only sell in widths of about 18 inches (not suitable for most game boards).

I do have a very limited quantity of backing material that is specifically made for game boards that I would be willing to sell, though I am in the states and we may run into the same problem with shipping. PM me for details if you're interested.

kt123
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Hi SiskNY, i am interested in that offer.
I've sent you a PM

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