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Old 30 October 2010, 07:24   #1
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Wanted..15mm thick White plastic sheet

I have to build an adaptor to fit a new larger GPS/Fishfinder. Because I'm slightly lacking in console space I'm after a piece of white UV stable plastic so that I can make an adaptor up. What I'm after is a piece 250X300 and 15mm thick or thicker.

So if you have any Ideas on where to source a piece without breaking the bank, please let me know.
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Old 30 October 2010, 07:59   #2
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Andy , there used to be a shop in winter road southsea that did this stuff. This was a few years ago so not sure if its still there.

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you don't happen to remember their name do you Peter?
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you don't happen to remember their name do you Peter?
afraid not. It used to be my grandfathere ironmongers . Will see if i have it stored anywhere.......
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Is this going to end up being a bezel to fit around the perimeter of the unit?

If so, it would be substantially cheaper to manufacture it out of smaller strips, gluing and screwing it together, and milling it (a router works well) as necessary. Lots cheaper than illing it from billet.

There are several epoxies that work on PE plastics now:

http://www.tech-bond.net/
G/flex
Scotchweld 3010
Devcon Plastic Weld

to name a few.

If it's not a bezel, disregard this message.

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Andy, what about some fascia board?

www.omnico.co.uk

I have some FA250 if you want...

http://www.omnico.co.uk/products/cellular.asp?section=3
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pm me your addy sir gots shed full of it 10/16/21mm
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Chopping board?

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Thanks guys! Chopping board, I would have never thought of that!

PM's have been sent too. So thanks again.
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Because I'm slightly lacking in console space
I find that hard to believe, I would have thought you could fit a 32" plasma to your console Andy
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The Stuff To Use

The material I think you are looking for is called Marine Board, SunBoard or StarBoard. It is a UV stable plastic sheet with a fine texture on both sides. It is available in White (also Tan and Black) and is easily machined to fit your application. While we are in the US, I am sure you can find this material in the UK. We have made lots of these kind of 'adapters' to mount gauges, switches and hardware on boats. The cool thing about these materials is they look the same 12 - 15 years later. Do some local searching for the above products to see if they are available there - it should be very affordable.
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Tufnell sheet with white plastic hard coating, we use this at work all the time on machines, it has a proper name that escapes me. Polyprop.... chopping board from tescos was also my first thought on the cheap.
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Or what I did to make a radio pod to put my VHF on the side wall & protect it (and you thought you were short of console space! )

Marine ply, a thin layer of epoxy resin & a flowcoat of your chosen colour. If you're clever with the epoxy, you can make it look like it was part of the console design!
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I find that hard to believe, I would have thought you could fit a 32" plasma to your console Andy
That's because I'm trying to fit a 42" wide screen LED chartplotter in there
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I looked at chopping boards but could only find ones that were 1/2" thick.

Thanks to Nugent, who came through with a couple of 10mm plastic off cuts that I think I can bond together then profile to the shape of the chartplotter before machining an angle one end to fit the profile of the console. If however this doesn't work for whatever reason I will probably build one out of marine ply, coat in tissue impregnated resin and then flowcoat. The reason I didn't do this first off was because of the cost of buying all the resin, flowcoat etc. I would have only needed a little and would have wasted all the rest.
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I looked at chopping boards but could only find ones that were 1/2" thick.

Thanks to Nugent, who came through with a couple of 10mm plastic off cuts that I think I can bond together then profile to the shape of the chartplotter before machining an angle one end to fit the profile of the console. If however this doesn't work for whatever reason I will probably build one out of marine ply, coat in tissue impregnated resin and then flowcoat. The reason I didn't do this first off was because of the cost of buying all the resin, flowcoat etc. I would have only needed a little and would have wasted all the rest.
do a mock up and i will router or chuck it on the waterjet
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do a mock up and i will router or chuck it on the waterjet
Thanks for the offer Ed. I'm more than happy to jigsaw the sheets out when they arrive. Shouldn't take long as I've already cut out a cardboard pattern. Milling/sanding the profile for the console will be a little more challenging but can only really be done with the Console present.
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Thanks for the offer Ed. I'm more than happy to jigsaw the sheets out when they arrive. Shouldn't take long as I've already cut out a cardboard pattern. Milling/sanding the profile for the console will be a little more challenging but can only really be done with the Console present.
you not received them then ? posted thurs morning
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No, not yet. I'll drop you a line when they arrive
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