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lew

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2193 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig uhmw glue free

I have found a free source of a type of UHMW plastic. It works great for work surfaces- especially a gluing surface. It can be cut and worked with all standard tools. The only draw back is that the surface is not completely smooth. To get the free stuff, just make friends with a local restaurant owner (not a fast food place). Here in Pennsylvania, the health inspectors require stained plastic/gouged cutting boards be removed from service and discarded. The owners just throw them in the trash!

They can be found in various sizes and are around 1/2” thick

Pieces work great between clamps and glue joints because many glues do not stick to the plastic.

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


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steveosshop

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#1 posted 2193 days ago

Thanx for the tip lew. I will have to find some local resturants and ask around.

-- Steve-o

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#2 posted 2193 days ago

wonder if you could run through the thickness planer to clean them up?

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Chris

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#3 posted 2193 days ago

Would it melt in the Planer though?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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lew

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#4 posted 2193 days ago

I have never tried the planer. When you cut it with an 80 tooth 10” blade, it makes “saw dust” just like wood.

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

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lew

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#5 posted 2193 days ago

Just found this:

http://www.redwoodplastics.com/index.php?content=uhmwfabricationguidelines

http://www.plasticsmag.com/features.asp?fIssue=Sep/Oct-03&aid=3862

Lew

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

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tenontim

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#6 posted 2193 days ago

This is great. Should be able to start a whole new strain of furniture borne salmonella viruses. :]

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ENelson

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#7 posted 2192 days ago

Not free, but you can also buy directly from a UHMW manufacturer—Garland Manufacturing

They also have a FAQ that tells how to mill it or plane it.

Also, Onsrud Cutter has a FAQ with the recommended bits and mills

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motthunter

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#8 posted 2192 days ago

great tip.. thanks

-- making sawdust....

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lew

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#9 posted 2192 days ago

rick,

You are probably right.

I did not actually research the plastic type but assumed (and you know what that does) because of its weight, cutting characteristics and general appearance that it was UHMW.

Sorry if I caused anyone any problems!

Lew

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

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Sac

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#10 posted 2191 days ago

Nice tip Lew. I’ll be dropping by the local family owned business’s and asking about them.

-- Jerry

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#11 posted 265 days ago

I came across this stuff when seeing it advertised as the guide surface for the veritas dovetail guide. Its smooth and durable and I could use some for making my own dovetail saw guide. Thanks for the tip!

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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69BBNova

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#12 posted 265 days ago

I’ve never heard of UHMW is it plastic?

All I hear in my head is—-ultra high molecular weight…

To lazy to read about it yet.

Just saw the title. plastic, never mind

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ratchet

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#13 posted 265 days ago

Use a card scraper on them and they will clean up nicely!

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lew

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#14 posted 265 days ago

Yes, it is a type of plastic. Very dense and very slippery.

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

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Tony Strupulis

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#15 posted 265 days ago

It goes through the planer just fine. I thinned some down in order to make zero clearance insert plates out of it.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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