Materials Scoping Trip #1: Lowe’s

Now that we really get to build the Supertable (aka Mobile Activation Station), we decided to do a final round of scoping out materials before we actually start purchasing things. First off, we paid a visit to the local Lowe’s in Gowanus to check out their plywood and PVC pipe selection. In our original design, we use plywood for the outer casing (a wheelable box), as well as for the foldable chairs. The PVC pipe is for the vertical structure that holds up the table and the lighting/power components.

We found a variety of plywood boards, but most of the ones with nice veneers are probably going to be too steep for our budget. The thinner boards are more affordable, but may be too flimsy for our purposes, depending on how heavy everything else turns out. (Apologies for the blurry photos – we didn’t have a real camera for this trip.)

5mm Utility Plywood Panel

5mm Utility Plywood Panel, $10.77



15/32" Plywood Project Panel

15/32 inch Plywood Project Panel, $35.87

Since we want to devote more of our budget for the main table materials, we will probably go with one of these panel types:

11/32 inch BC Pine ULX Exterior

11/32 inch BC Pine ULX Exterior, $21.97


1/4 inch Plywood Project Panels

1/4 inch Plywood Project Panels, $19.97


23/32 inch Pine Sturdifloor, $25.97

23/32 inch Pine Sturdifloor, $25.97


15/32 inch 4 Ply Pine Rated Sheathing

15/32 inch 4 Ply Pine Rated Sheathing, $17.47

The PVC piping prices look good, and they seem to have a good range of stock.

1.25 inch diameter x 5 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $2.69

1.25 inch diameter x 5 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $2.69


.75 in diameter x 5 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $1.24

.75 in diameter x 5 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $1.24


.75 inch diameter x 10 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $1.65

.75 inch diameter x 10 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $1.65


.5 inch diameter x 10 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $1.30

.5 inch diameter x 10 foot long S40 PVC pipe, $1.30

And then there’s all the super cool fittings for joining, connecting and capping the pipe!

Tee (Slip x Thread)

Tee (Slip x Thread)


Tee (Slip)

Tee (Slip)


Tee (Snap x Thread)

Tee (Snap x Thread)


Tee (Snap x Thread)

Tee (Snap x Thread)


Coupling (Slip)

Coupling (Slip)


Elbow (Slip)

Elbow (Slip)


Bushing (Thread)

Bushing (Thread)

This entry was posted in Materials and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.