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Forum topic by DonnyBahama posted 07-12-2011 09:23 AM 3750 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DonnyBahama

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07-12-2011 09:23 AM

I’m going to be making some jigs soon and would prefer to make my miter rails out of UHMW. Does anyone know of a good source where I can buy it fairly cheaply?

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 01:01 PM

Your local plastics supply house may have offcuts to sell by weight.

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 01:31 PM

I’ve purchased from Woodcraft before, although peach tree usa is about $10 cheaper for the 4 foot boards.

http://www.ptreeusa.com/uhmwproducts.htm

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 02:29 PM

Wow rick thanks for that tip. Never even heard of HDPE. I assumed cutting boards were also UMHW.

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 03:20 PM

Also, a lot of metal supply places will sell plastic drops you can get on the cheap.

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 04:22 PM

I second the cutting board runners idea. However, I have found these will expand around a counter sunk screw head if it is tightened too tight. Also, double sided sticky tape doesn’t work well to hold them in place during the assembly phase.

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DonnyBahama

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 04:56 PM

Thanks for the input, everyone!

Rick, can you suggest a source for HDPE? Or are you suggesting that I just buy a cutting board at WalMart? (The ones I’ve seen there are too thin to be useful.) Also, does this stuff machine like UHMW? (I.e. won’t melt when you’re cutting it?)

Lis- What’s a “plastic drop”?

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 05:16 PM

Buy the larger cutting board that’s sold at Sam’s Club.

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lew

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 06:12 PM

Free Source- Make friends with the chef at a local restaurant. Most city health codes require them to throw away discolored cutting boards. Have her/him throw them your way.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 06:45 PM

I like McMaster Carr they are good price and work with us ‘small users’ of material and their delivery is really fast.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#uhmw-polyethylene-stock/=d599mz

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#10 posted 07-12-2011 06:54 PM

Good old McMaster Carr – I just ordered some 0.0025” shim stock from them. It will be here tomorrow – I guarantee it. Best source that I know of for this thing, that thing, and the other thing even the whatever thing you can think of.:) And best of all what ever thing you want will be here tomorrow almost always anyways.

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DonnyBahama

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#11 posted 07-12-2011 07:24 PM

Wow! McMaster Carr looks like a great resource – thanks a bunch, folks! The local plastics supply is a couple dollars more, but MMC would probably be a little higher once shipping is tacked on. I’ll probably buy this locally for now, but I suspect I’ll be ordering plenty from MMC in the future.

Rick- I haven’t measured, but I assume my miter slots are 3/8” deep. The cutting boards my wife has bought at WM in the past have been no more than 1/4” – probably closer to 1/8.

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#12 posted 08-04-2011 04:54 PM

Try http://www.iplasticsupply.com/ or http://hightechplastics.com/. They have both UHMW and HDPE and more info to help make your decision. I would go with UHMW since it has great wear and durability.

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#13 posted 08-05-2011 12:50 AM

+1 on the McMaster Carr.

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