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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2020, 06:21 PM »
Alex, I've attached a PDF of the recommendations for finishing solid surface materials.  The source of this info was Steve Bace, Festool's instructor in Henderson, NV. 
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2020, 09:35 PM »
In an earlier post I stated "clamp on the build up, install the glue blocks".

To be clear this is a dry fit. No adhesive until the blocks are in place.

Tom

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2020, 05:31 AM »


Proof that one can never have too many clamps. :-)

Sorry Alex, couldn't resist.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
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Offline Gregor

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2020, 06:04 AM »
Tom, I won't be glueing this onto wood, but on a built-in water reservoir for a toilet like this:
I would suggest to think about using magnets to stick it to the metal in-wall frame. While the mechanism can be serviced solely through the hole (the plate with the buttons goes to) it can be beneficial to have a way to access the inside of the wall in a non-destructive manner.

Offline kcufstoidi

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2020, 08:20 AM »
Just a little OCD Bob, LOL

Offline Gregor

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2020, 09:25 AM »
Just a little OCD Bob, LOL
That would be spacing the ones with the barcode sticker evenly...

Offline RussellS

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2020, 05:36 PM »
Proof that one can never have too many clamps. :-)
Sorry Alex, couldn't resist.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Hey, hey, hey.  It looks like you could have put a few more clamps on that sink top.  There are a few open spaces I see.  Don't be doing shoddy work now.

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2020, 11:41 PM »
How on earth do you have an orange clamp in there?  I would have to throw that away instantly, having one rouge clamp would drive me nuts.

Anyway,  Alex, nice work site, no different than what anyone working off the NJ turnpike would see every day of the week.  [big grin]

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2020, 01:20 AM »
Just one more question, if you glue the seams, do have to make absolutely sure it is filled in one go? Or is it possible to apply a bit more glue later if you find any dimples?

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2020, 05:28 AM »
Just one more question, if you glue the seams, do have to make absolutely sure it is filled in one go? Or is it possible to apply a bit more glue later if you find any dimples?

I'm curious too about handling seams. Do you use painters tape or something similar along each edge to prevent squeeze-out from contacting the finish surface and trim off any ooze. Or is there very little extra is applied properly. If you want to fill right up to the edge as Alex asks about it would seem you can't hold back too far from the edge as you might with wood glue.

I don't have anything coming up in the near future like this but would like to know how to handle it if/when I do.
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Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #40 on: February 20, 2020, 05:56 AM »
@Alex @Bob D.

Dupont do some excellent guides. I've attached a few that might be of use regarding the various questions posed in this thread.


Offline Distinctive Interiors

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #41 on: February 20, 2020, 06:59 AM »
Solid Surface adhesive, no matter whether its Corian or another make, is very fluid and spreads very easily when 2 surfaces are clamped.

For example, in the picture posted previously by Bob D,.... 2 good beads along that edge are all that is needed and when the 2 sections are clamped together, the adhesive will spread out and ooze from the front and back. Once cured, the excess is machined off and sanded .......DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE ANY OF THE EXCESS ADHESIVE WHILST IT IS STILL WET......!

Excess clamping force is also to be avoided.....If you over clamp the joint, too much adhesive is expelled and it is known as "Starving the Seam".
Very accurate machining, preparation and cleaning(especially the light colours) is the key to achieving a "seamless" joint in the mating surfaces.

Little pin holes can be filled if necessary afterwards, but if you have applied the adhesive in the correct manner and to the correct quantity, this scenario will be avoided.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2020, 09:31 AM by Distinctive Interiors »

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #42 on: February 20, 2020, 07:26 AM »
@Alex  Corian is not the only 'sheriff' in town. And the competition has some nice resources for craftsmen. Like this one:
https://www.staron.com/staron/de/technical/bulletin/manual.do

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #43 on: February 20, 2020, 10:13 AM »
Just a little OCD Bob, LOL
That would be spacing the ones with the barcode sticker evenly...

How on earth do you have an orange clamp in there?  I would have to throw that away instantly, having one rouge clamp would drive me nuts.

Anyway,  Alex, nice work site, no different than what anyone working off the NJ turnpike would see every day of the week.  [big grin]




Proof that one can never have too many clamps. :-)

Sorry Alex, couldn't resist.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Once the pieces are placed on the adhesive, the least of your concerns would be the bar codes. Limited time to get these on.

I'm already nuts, that clamp has no affect on me [big grin]

You're correct, one cannot have to many clamps, I have ~600 of these 2" clamps and run out at times. Color be damned..... [scared]

The reason for the tight clamp spacing, is to get a "seamless" seam you need some glue squeeze out. The clamps spaced this way prevents voids in the bead of squeeze out. This bead of squeeze out gets sanded off after the adhiesive cures, this process creates a "seamless" looking joint.

For top surface joints I have vacuum clamps that draw the joint together, done properly is is very difficult to find the seam/joint.

Tom


Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2020, 10:17 AM »
Just one more question, if you glue the seams, do have to make absolutely sure it is filled in one go? Or is it possible to apply a bit more glue later if you find any dimples?

A proper bead and clamping solves the void issue. This is one of the most important processes in solid surface work.

I've had it go both ways, sometimes I can add some adhesive, other times I've had to insert a Dutchman.

Tom

Offline Cheese

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #45 on: February 20, 2020, 10:19 AM »

The reason for the tight clamp spacing, is to get a "seamless" seam you need some glue squeeze out. The clamps spaced this way prevents voids in the bead of squeeze out. This bead of squeeze out gets sanded off after the adhiesive cures, this process creates a "seamless" looking joint.


Tom, I assume you start in the middle and then work to each end?

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #46 on: February 20, 2020, 10:23 AM »

The reason for the tight clamp spacing, is to get a "seamless" seam you need some glue squeeze out. The clamps spaced this way prevents voids in the bead of squeeze out. This bead of squeeze out gets sanded off after the adhiesive cures, this process creates a "seamless" looking joint.


Tom, I assume you start in the middle and then work to each end?

I'm left handed, work right to left with the clamps. Never found a need to start in the middle, don't recall ever having a "trapped" piece of build up.

Tom

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #47 on: February 20, 2020, 11:43 AM »
Thanks everyone, I understand enough to get myself in trouble now. :-)

JK, I think I've got the gist of it. Thank you all.

For clarification that was not my pic but one I re-posted from earlier in the thread.
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Offline Distinctive Interiors

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #48 on: February 20, 2020, 11:55 AM »
Thanks everyone, I understand enough to get myself in trouble now. :-)

JK, I think I've got the gist of it. Thank you all.

For clarification that was not my pic but one I re-posted from earlier in the thread.

Ooopppsss! .......Sorry to Tom & Bob for the mistake...!
« Last Edit: February 20, 2020, 11:57 AM by Distinctive Interiors »

Online Alex

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #49 on: February 20, 2020, 12:48 PM »
@GarryMartin thanks for that, seems I got some reading to do.

@Alex  Corian is not the only sherrif in town.

Well, it is for me now, hier in m'n hutje in de bergen. Stuff's already bought and paid for. When the designer first told me he  wanted to use corian he only asked me if I could cut it. Well, why not I thought, I have the special blade for my saw, and I have  a router. Just another composite material, no fuzz. I didn't know it is a kind of tricky material that needs its own special approach.

But I don't shy away from a challenge and am always eager to learn new things. When the designer heard my questions about the glue he just said, sod it, lets just tile it over like the rest of the bathroom. But then we'd have to trash the corian, and people say I'm a handy guy so I try to live up to that reputation. If I mess it up I can still revert back to tiles.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #50 on: February 20, 2020, 12:53 PM »
@Alex sounds like a perfect situation for getting some experience with this stuff. An easy going client with a backup plan and material on hand.

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #51 on: February 20, 2020, 12:59 PM »
other times I've had to insert a Dutchman.

WHOA!  [scared] That seems somewhat abusive towards my people.

And I'm not sure how I'd manage that, I've only got one, and I'd like to make good use of him for the rest of my life.  [big grin]

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Best way to cut corian?
« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2020, 04:12 PM »
Yes, good to try new things Alex and next time you'll know just what to do.  8)

I have not done a worktop in Corian or other engineered material yet but I expect to one day soon so glad this subject came up.

Wife has been hinting at me to build a countertop with some storage underneath in the laundry room next to the washer and dryer.

Thanks for posting the guides @GarryMartin
« Last Edit: February 22, 2020, 01:15 PM by Bob D. »
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