card weight question - US weights.

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  1. keith

    keith Member

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    Hi all,
    What is the most widely available card stock in the your country?

    Alot of modellers seem to use 65/67 and 110 lbs, 110lbs seems like specialist card? Whats the weight of the general purpose card in walmart/asda/etc?

    I'm asking because i want to do some layered card models that will require sanding, so a standard weight would let me work out how many layers to use.
    Also alot of cheap printers do not have a flat tray so the card must go through rollers, i've read that 280gsm(74lb?) is near enough the maximum weight you can use trough rollers. So that might restrict the weight used in the designs.

    I've not worked out yet wether it's better to sand thick card with less glue or thinner card with more glue. Anyone got any experience in sanding card?

    In the uk, 210gsm(56lb) is fairy easy to get, i'd have to go searching for heavier weight it seems. But i'm more interested in global standard weights of card.

    Thanks,

    keith
  2. keith

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    Hi all,
    What is the most widely available card stock in the your country?

    Alot of modellers seem to use 65/67 and 110 lbs, 110lbs seems like specialist card? Whats the weight of the general purpose card in walmart/asda/etc?

    I'm asking because i want to do some layered card models that will require sanding, so a standard weight would let me work out how many layers to use.
    Also alot of cheap printers do not have a flat tray so the card must go through rollers, i've read that 280gsm(74lb?) is near enough the maximum weight you can use trough rollers. So that might restrict the weight used in the designs.

    I've not worked out yet wether it's better to sand thick card with less glue or thinner card with more glue. Anyone got any experience in sanding card?

    In the uk, 210gsm(56lb) is fairy easy to get, i'd have to go searching for heavier weight it seems. But i'm more interested in global standard weights of card.

    Thanks,

    keith
  3. Al hazlet

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    The typical cardstock I buy at Walmart for $5 per 150 sheets is 110lb stock.

    I've got two HP inkjet printers, both have rollers, neither has any problem with the 110lb stock.
  4. Al hazlet

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    The typical cardstock I buy at Walmart for $5 per 150 sheets is 110lb stock.

    I've got two HP inkjet printers, both have rollers, neither has any problem with the 110lb stock.
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    Yep, 110 lb. cardstock seems to be readily available. I get it at Wally World/Sam's. No problems going through the HP printer. Office supply stores like Office Depot have 65 lb cardstock. No problems going through the HP printer.
    :)
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    Yep, 110 lb. cardstock seems to be readily available. I get it at Wally World/Sam's. No problems going through the HP printer. Office supply stores like Office Depot have 65 lb cardstock. No problems going through the HP printer.
    :)
  9. keith

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    Darn it, I just paid that(£2.50) for 20 sheets of 210gsm (56lb). :mad:

    Now i'm working out wether I could save money on a trip to walmart from the UK, i could go bass fishing while i'm at it :D

    Thanks for all the info, i'll upgrade to the heavier weight.

    QUESTION : is that index, bond or cover?
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    Darn it, I just paid that(£2.50) for 20 sheets of 210gsm (56lb). :mad:

    Now i'm working out wether I could save money on a trip to walmart from the UK, i could go bass fishing while i'm at it :D

    Thanks for all the info, i'll upgrade to the heavier weight.

    QUESTION : is that index, bond or cover?
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    I do not know if you have an office supply store in your country

    named Office Depot or not, but I buy both 110 lb and 67lb from them.

    Both are the same price of $2.04 for a pack of 250 sheets.

    That's $3 less than Wal-Mart and 100 more sheets.

    Maybe you have a similar large office supply store there.

    That's the type of store I would look for and check first.

    Russell
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    I do not know if you have an office supply store in your country

    named Office Depot or not, but I buy both 110 lb and 67lb from them.

    Both are the same price of $2.04 for a pack of 250 sheets.

    That's $3 less than Wal-Mart and 100 more sheets.

    Maybe you have a similar large office supply store there.

    That's the type of store I would look for and check first.

    Russell
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    I find that 110 lb paper is a bit too heavy for all but the largest or boxiest models. 67 lb, and sometimes even 40 lb paper gives better results, especially on models with lots of curvature. I design my models to use 67 lb btw. Going to an office supply store gets you better prices and selection on paper. Why would anyone go to Walmart, anyway--for anything?
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    I find that 110 lb paper is a bit too heavy for all but the largest or boxiest models. 67 lb, and sometimes even 40 lb paper gives better results, especially on models with lots of curvature. I design my models to use 67 lb btw. Going to an office supply store gets you better prices and selection on paper. Why would anyone go to Walmart, anyway--for anything?
  15. keith

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    ooooo headache,
    i'm a bit confused with what actual card you use, the site :- http://www.cardfaq.org/faq/glossary.html shows you have different types, so when you say 67lb or 110lb, you could all be using quite different thicknesses of card. I've read this thoroughly.
    I did a search for card on an american office supply site, the cheap 110lb card was INDEX card so that would be approximately 200gsm.
    The wausau 65lb is COVER weight, which is 175 gsm.
    Thats not alot of difference.!!!
    You must all be buying cover weight?

    So I think i'm going to do is do a bit of research into major brands card weights in the US and then make sure the thickness of the card i use is avaiable everywhere. 300gsm maybe.

    Thanks
    keith
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    ooooo headache,
    i'm a bit confused with what actual card you use, the site :- http://www.cardfaq.org/faq/glossary.html shows you have different types, so when you say 67lb or 110lb, you could all be using quite different thicknesses of card. I've read this thoroughly.
    I did a search for card on an american office supply site, the cheap 110lb card was INDEX card so that would be approximately 200gsm.
    The wausau 65lb is COVER weight, which is 175 gsm.
    Thats not alot of difference.!!!
    You must all be buying cover weight?

    So I think i'm going to do is do a bit of research into major brands card weights in the US and then make sure the thickness of the card i use is avaiable everywhere. 300gsm maybe.

    Thanks
    keith
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    Paper Weight vs. Thickness

    Hi Keith,

    It becomes much easier to use a digital caliper to measure the thickness of the stock. Paper weight doesn't really mean that much but thickness does. Harbor Freight sometimes has a 6 inch digital calipers on sale from time to time which will take all the guess work out of it. Paper is also measured by thickness or "caliper" measured in inches or in millimeters. A good site for this if it hasn't already been mentioned is here:

    http://www.paper-paper.com/weight.html

    Just remember which "Column" you're in...,

    -Gil
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    Paper Weight vs. Thickness

    Hi Keith,

    It becomes much easier to use a digital caliper to measure the thickness of the stock. Paper weight doesn't really mean that much but thickness does. Harbor Freight sometimes has a 6 inch digital calipers on sale from time to time which will take all the guess work out of it. Paper is also measured by thickness or "caliper" measured in inches or in millimeters. A good site for this if it hasn't already been mentioned is here:

    http://www.paper-paper.com/weight.html

    Just remember which "Column" you're in...,

    -Gil
  19. shoki2000

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    Hi Russell,
    Is this the regular price for paper and which brand?
    The cheapest cardstock I ever saw in Office Depot runs around $10 for 250 sheets....
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    Hi Russell,
    Is this the regular price for paper and which brand?
    The cheapest cardstock I ever saw in Office Depot runs around $10 for 250 sheets....