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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #98: Trying Out Some Corian

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-09-2010 01:39 PM 5748 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After all the excitement of the previous day, yesterday brought with it a welcome calm. I took advantage of the general quite of the day and I did some major house cleaning and organizing. There is something about having neat and organized surroundings that provides comfort and peace in my life. I sent the next project off to the magazine. There are two projects there already there awaiting their publication along with a couple of articles, but the editors are already finished with them for the most part and they are awaiting the next project anxiously. I believe we are beginning to start having to work on the Spring themes already, and here Autumn has just arrived. I guess that thinking in such a time warp has just become a way of life with me.

I have a fun idea for a project that I think I will be offering to the magazine next. It involves the use of Corian. On out previous trip to Halifax, I stopped in a custom kitchen shop to see if they have any drop offs or small pieces of Corian that I could use. The gentleman was quite nice and offered up a couple of pieces that were in the back. He did tell me however that they seldom had even small pieces available and if I were to purchase pieces, they would run about 25 cents a square inch. I was very grateful he had the two pieces he gave me, and when I offered to pay for them, he wouldn’t accept any money. How nice he was.

One of the pieces was a tan, marbled piece which I would have loved to incorporate into my project but it was just a bit too small for what I needed. The other piece was an off white piece that would also do nicely. I would just have to be careful not to screw it up, as I would only have one shot.

I have never worked with Corian before, but I have a friend in Tennessee who is not only an incredible wood turner but also works extensively with scrollsawing it Corian. I have not needed to ask her anything yet, but it is comforting to know that she is my ‘go to’ girl on this. She recently had a project featured in our magazine where she made a beautiful fretwork box using it.

Below is a picture of what she did with it:

From Newest Scroll Saw Work

She is quite an artist and I love to see the beautiful creations she comes up with. her turnings are also absolutely beautiful. I am sure if I have any trouble with things, I can ask her and she will help.

My intentions for using the Corian are much simpler than this however. I find that it will be best for me to just get my feet wet and test the water before I use it in more complex applications. It will just be a small accent piece on something of a larger scope.

I test cut a little corner of it using the recommended blade and it seemed to do fine. Although there was a bit more dust than I was used to, it seemed to behave fairly well and I was able to follow my line closely. I hear that the blade life will be much shorter and I will have to be aware of that and allow the saw itself to do the work and not force things. I believe that patience will be the key to getting this done properly.

I also understand that Corian routs like wood and I would like to try that process too in creating the project. It will be a fun learning experience for me as I see how this material performs for me. I will certainly keep everyone posted.

I will be working on the written instructions for my skating pond again today. I finished the instructions for the stars yesterday and they are with my proofreader so they should be ready to go soon. I also base-coated the next pieces of the pond figures so I will be getting those finished up today. I always feel that it is a special treat when I can spend at least part of the day painting.

So all in all it appears it will be a good day – “barring all disasters”. (I love that saying and it makes me smile every time I use it because it seems to invite trouble!) Hopefully though, things will go according to plan. I hope you all have a great day too. (If any of you have had any experience with Corian, I would love to hear them.)

Take care

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 02:05 PM

Sheila, I hope that you will wear a good mask when cutting and routing that material. Something tells me that it might be more hazardous than the sawdust. I’ve never used it before but it’s just an educated guess.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 02:15 PM

You bet I will! I could tell with the small cut I made that it was not a ‘lung-friendly’ composite. I figure it is best to be on the safe side.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 02:18 PM

I bought a box of Corian sink cutouts on Ebay for pretty cheap a few years ago. It was a inexpensive way to play with it. It also works fine for making jigs and stuff.

Yes you can route it, but sharp carbide bits were needed. I am surprised that a scroll saw could cut it so well. I need to try that. Her box is beautiful.

It smells bad when cut, or at least it did for me. So be forewarned.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 02:26 PM

I know, Steve. I didn’t like the smell at all either. Just in the 2 inch cut I made. Yuckky! I will put a dab of Chanel on the outside of my dust mask if I can still smell it while cutting! (Just kidding!)

Wow – what a find to get that box! I liked how Janice had it so thin on hers. Mine are a bit thicker. I am only going to cut one circle of it for now for the project I am working on. I wanted to see how it worked. I guess I would work more with it if it were more available to me, but business wise it isn’t good for me to design with something so hard for people to get (and expensive). So for now it will just stretch my creative wings a little and I will know what it is like to work with.

I have a good router bit and I hope it doesn’t kill it though. It will be an adventure to find out!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 02:36 PM

I just checked on Ebay. If you search “Corian sink cutout” you will find someone that will sell you a box of seven of them for either 7 or 10 dollars. Plus $14.70 shipping. 1/2 inch thick. So it is readily available, but is thicker that her box. And some of them are ugly colors :-)

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 02:42 PM

I just checked Steve and there is nothing here in Canada or that ships here (at least on Ebay) That is poopie! I should really look at the kitchen places here in Canada if things go well and I want to get more. At least my US customers will be able to find it though. Thanks for the idea!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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