Home Depot: Polystyrene Foam Insulation Panel - 2' x 8' x 1/2" ( blue or pink ) cut to size, bottom part make wide so you can glue two stripes on top + grove for body. Very cheap, any size. You can make it angle too by rising one side of top part and support with anything and glue together. I spread thousands of moths and butterflies on those.
Post by deliasfanatic on Sept 27, 2018 1:20:51 GMT
This fellow is in Quebec and I'm in the US, but I buy all of my boards (and cabinets) from him. Prices are extremely low, and he'll customize boards any way that you like, i.e. width/depth of strip and angled/non-angled surface. They're styrofoam, not wood, but I've set many thousands of specimens on them with no problem.
Post by deliasfanatic on Sept 28, 2018 13:52:57 GMT
I haven't ordered any in awhile, but you can ask Jean for a shipping quote. It didn't cost much the last time I ordered; I think it was around $10-15 for a box of boards. He accepts credit cards or a personal cheque; he typically gives a better exchange rate for the latter, so ask him about the price for both payment methods.
I dislike angled boards and special-order mine completely flat.
deliasfanatic, how long do you think one of the boards you bought from Canada would last?
Depending on size, I usually get 4-5 specimens on a board at one time, and I keep using them until there are so many pinholes that they finally need to be "retired". I don't really know how long that is, but I suppose that would be at least 100 uses for each area of board space. I get even more by shifting spaces when the board gets a lot of holes. Let's say that a board holds 5 specimens along its length. After it becomes worn, I'll get more usage by using it for 4 specimens instead, those being placed between the original "spaces" where the pinholes are less numerous.