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  1. #1
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    Default Solid bottom board material

    I was looking to see what I had laying around for material and I have a lot of 1/2 OSB and some 3/4 , will OSB hold up if painted or should I get exterior plywood or I could probably find enough 3/4 boards and lap joint them together crossways in the dado .

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    Default Re: Solid bottom board material

    I have some that are about 3 years old with 1/2 osb bottoms - which have never been painted - and they are still holding together, but that is about the best you can say about it. The best thing to use is sustainable organic plantation raised teak. Ext grade plywood works pretty good too.
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    Default Re: Solid bottom board material

    Solid anything is always better than particle anything. But, if the OSB is all you have than so be it. Painting, especially the edges, will help a grat deal.

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    Default Re: Solid bottom board material

    Kind of thought maybe it wasn't the best idea , I'll come up with something else , I have sheets of the osb but I don't think its the way to go .

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    Default Re: Solid bottom board material

    I would say go ahead and do it. Paint it and it'll be no problem. The garage at my home was "sided" with OSB when we bought the house, had been for many years, and it's still doing fine now a few years later. Go for it.

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    Default Re: Solid bottom board material

    If it was something the bees wouldn't come in contact with I would try it but this is what there landing and walking on all day , the paint could start to peel and then the wood could get punky and mold growing on it maybe not a good idea , I try to use stuff I have but in this case I'll get some good exterior plywood or just lap joint some 1x6 pine boards .

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