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Forum topic by RickyG posted 04-30-2012 03:38 AM 1602 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RickyG

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04-30-2012 03:38 AM

Hello!

This is my first post and glad to have found this forum. I consider my self an advanced home wood worker.

I have been making different project and recently made some Adirondack chairs out of cedar. In my travels I pulled over to look at some at a local shop that was made from poly wood. I really like the look and durability.

My question is how do you finish off the edges? Meaning….

Cut out by circular or skill
Router the edge
Sand the edge

Now how to you make it smooth n shiny like the ones I saw?

Thanks,
RickyG


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#1 posted 04-30-2012 03:11 PM

I think you meant plywood.
In that case the first consideration is finding a quality 3/4” ply that has minimal voids. Also, the more plys the better, 7 ply will work but 13 ply will work much better.
If you can make jigs for all of your parts and then cut them out with a router the edge will be better than if cut with any saw.
Glue size the edges. 1 part glue 1 part water, brush on a couple of coats to seal the edges, then finish as normal.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 04:03 PM

Thank you for your reply. I’m talking about the plastic wood. Poly lumber

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 07:15 PM

no one here has worked with plastic wood?

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 07:34 PM

haven’t worked with this material before, but if it’s poly, than the best way to get a smooth edge is by routing/milling them round.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 07:38 PM

Thanks Purplev….

I have been making the chairs out of cedar, then I stopped to look at some made from that plastic wood. They are just a seller so they have now idea on how it was built.

The edges were smooth like glass. Im going to try using a torch quickly just to glaze it…..something like you do to plexiglass.

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 07:48 PM

yeah, poly wood or any of those composites is good for outdoor use as long as you don’t care about NOT having the genuine wood look and wood feeling to it.

My guess is that they are shaped with a router, and then polished. remember -these are most likely mass produced – they won’t invest in the time to glaze them with a torch, they need to be done fast and in a streamline. my guess is a car-polisher type process to give it that buff and shine

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 07:54 PM

cedar is still my choice.

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