Four projects using Corian

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Project by Bob Collins posted 01-22-2012 08:13 AM 2401 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a challenge to see what I could do with Corian (bench top material) off cuts that were given to me. I also
added some perspex (plexiglass) which were also free off cuts. I have never used this material before but applied the same methods as I would if using wood. I used CA glue (instant glue) on these and have found it much better than the polyurethane based glue I used on the first project.

Pic 1 and 2 I have never done a open segmented project before, this one is 12” tall and has a glass insert
Pic 3 I laminated some layers of perspex to make the segments.
Pic 4. Need a lot of sanding to bring up the surface on this one
Pic. My first attempt at using Corian, has been shown previously.

I know this is not wood but what a great alternative from having wood shavings all over the place, now I have
a white dust cover on the deck and looks like snow in summer.

Hope none of you old wood turners have a heart attack after seeing these on site but you will need to come out here to sue me.

Thanks for looking. By the way it is very comfy under my rock.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 08:15 AM

Wow Bob these are all so cool.

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 08:40 AM

Thanks Jim, are you up early or late getting to bed.?

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 08:49 AM

I used Corian cutoffs for my tablesaw zero-clearance insert. Works great, and you can make cut lines on it that easily erase.

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 11:11 AM

I like the bowl in #3 photo, the others are nice as well. I heard about Corian from you for the first time. What is it?

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 04:19 PM

well bob you are outdoing yourself. such nice stuff. so what will you try next time?

-- pat,ohio...

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 04:32 PM

Wow!!!!!!!!! Bob, you have created some beautiful projects using Corian! I can’t wait to get home to turn more, too


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 05:49 PM

Well it has no wood grain.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 08:45 PM

I have fabricated counters with it and made cutting boards and table saw inserts with the cut offs but what a mess the dust makes. I can’t imagine the dust it created on a lathe. It sticks to everything.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 08:59 PM

Pleased you are “comfy” LOL
These are all nice Bob, hope you’re using a good mask with this stuff, i’m with Sam I too like the red n white one.
you’re just having tooooo much fun :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 01-22-2012 11:06 PM

Nice work, Bob!

I have worked with Corian a little bit too. It sure smells funny when you cut it, huh?

I built a utility sink cabinet for a friend and used Corian for the top. Sanding it back to it’s original shine isn’t as hard as you might think. It just takes a bit longer. I sanded it with dry papers down to 220 grit. To get the shine back, I wet sanded it with Abralon pads from 360 – 2000 grit. When it was done, you really couldn’t tell where the factory finish left off and mine started. BTW, the ‘wet’ part was a 3:1 mix of parafin oil and mineral spirits. Wet sand, wipe clean with straight mineral spirits, change grits, rinse and repeat as needed. That’s the same method I use for hand-rubbing lacquer.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#11 posted 01-23-2012 08:54 AM

Thanks for the comments, it’s been great using a different material but it is back to wood again. Well maybe.
Your right Les the dust is bad but I do most of the sanding outside (summer here) always wear a good mask as Pete says and I have the dust collector on. Pete it will only be comfy until they find it and take over. Thanks for that info on sanding Troutguy, I have found that the more sanding you do with corian the less lathe work is required. Will keep experimenting.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 01-24-2012 02:22 PM

Beautiful Bob, You are a true craftsman!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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