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Ralph Grove <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 24 Oct 2009 13:48:48 -0400
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Be really careful about handling 2x4's and about letting children handle
them. I get a splinter in my hand every year without fail when we move
competition tables around! If you're going to let kids handle 2x4s, keep
some work gloves on hand (no pun intended :) for them to wear.


Dee Tomczak wrote:
> Jin and Michael are absolutely right about the field border and mat on
> the floor.  Another solution to building a frame is to use hinges in
> two opposite corners, which allows you to fold those pieces together
> for storage.  To connect the unhinged corners, you can use any number
> of hasps, trunk closures, etc., which can be bought for a few dollars
> each.  This provides some rigidity to the frame, without having to
> store a 4' x 8' structure anywhere.
> Dee
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2009 12:20 pm
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Please support shool based program by simply
> providing this!
> Good advice, Jin.
> Walls can be produced from three 2x4 boards (one of them cut in half),
> which are available fairly cheaply at chain home improvement stores.
> Home Depot has them for $1.82 each; be sure to select straight,
> untwisted boards. Add a four-pack of steel corner brackets with screws
> for about $5, for a total cost of about twelve bucks. (Or use a more
> make-shift corner solution--the only requirement is that the walls be
> held square. A private lumber yard would charge more for the wood, but
> might take kindly to the idea and donate board.
> Mike

Ralph F. Grove, Jr., Ph.D., Professor
James Madison University Department of Computer Science

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