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Solid hardwood or softwood
Plywood, MDF, particleboard and other sheet stock
Plastics, such as acrylic and polyethylene (LDPE / HDPE)
High-Density Urethane (HDU), also referred to as SignFoam
*Insulation foams such as extruded polystyrene CANNOT be cut on the router!
Always be sure to bring extra material for test cuts and/or mistakes caused by possible shifting of material on the router bed.

Students must supply their own materials and be sure that they will fit on the 4' x 6' router bed. If you are using plywood, make sure to get as flat of a piece as possible. If your material stock is glued up, be sure that it has had sufficient time to dry. Use liberal amounts of glue spread evenly across the material to ensure complete adhesion when laminating materials. Also please note your actual material thickness, as this may effect your file settings. Calipers are located in the Workshop to get the exact thickness of your material. For example, if using 3/4" plywood, it is likely the actual thickness is .6875". These exact dimensions must be used for toolpathing.

Material Suppliers

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The following are a list of local suppliers for wood and sign related products.

Youngblood Lumber
1335 Central Avenue N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hardwoods, exotics, big (8" x 24" x 24' mahogany) and little. Students buy at wholsale prices! This is where woodworkers in the Twin Cities buy hardwoods.

Forest Products Supply
2650 Hwy 61
Maplewood, MN 55109
FPS has a large selection of hardwoods and exotic woods. There are over 70 species of wood in stock. We also have a great selection of sheetgoods, plywood, melamine, hardboard, etc. FPS sells shorts cheap.

Siwek Lumber & Millwork
2536 Marshall Street N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Close-outs, odd lots, used stock, common grade; the most for the least.

Natural Built Home
4020 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Natural Built Home is your one-stop shop for eco-friendly building supplies in Minneapolis and St. Paul. They carry bamboo floors, non-toxic paint, recycled glass tile and much more.

Midwest Sign and Screen
45 East Maryland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55117
Commercial sign supplies including HDU Sign Foam, sign paints, urethanes, tapes and adhesives, cutting tools and rulers.

Coastal Enterprises
Manufacturers of Precision Board Plus HDU