Post by chuck26287 on Dec 30, 2015 23:15:03 GMT -5
My second project was custom cutting boards made out of Corian acrylic solid surface material. These are personalized wedding gifts. They are simply a v-bit toolpath for the text, a core box toolpath for the drain channel, and the profile toolpath (using a Rockler dimensioning bit with a roundover radius) to cut it to shape and open the handles. The time consuming part was inlaying the epoxy product into the v-bit text recesses. I used a product called Inlace. This is food-safe, and is sandable in a bout 12 hours (I waited at least 24 to be sure it was ready to sand). It took two appplications, as the inlace is a bit thin, and wasn't flush to the surface after one application and sanding. After sanding down the second application with multiple grits of wet-or-dry sandpaper (finishing with 800), it was flush and a beautiful inlay. These are approximately 15" x 19".
I found myself looking for ways to use Corian material because I ran across a cabinet shop that was relocating, and wanted to sell off its scrap material rather than move it (this stuff is HEAVY). Any shop that installs acrylic solid surface counter tops will have stacks of sink cutouts in the back. If they are a clean cutout piece, they even roundover the top edge, stick some rubber feet on the bottom and sell them as-is as cutting boards. You can usually get this kind of scrap pretty reasonably.
Last Edit: Dec 30, 2015 23:23:49 GMT -5 by chuck26287