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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 02-20-2013 10:35 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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02-20-2013 10:35 PM

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A teacher friend of ours asked me to build her a mobile sales cart to use at her school to sell school supplies. She had one at the previous school, but she transferred to the new junior high that opened this year. The cart has disappeared.

Specs:

About 35-38 inches tall. (She is short)
Maybe about 16 inches deep and 30-36 inches wide.
Casters for mobility.
Adjustable shelves to display school supplies
Two rear locking doors.
Clear front (Lexan)
Overall design is up to me.

I built her a podium so, design wise, I was thinking something along those lines.

My question is How do I install the Lexan panel on the front?
Frame and panel or install it like glass in a rabbit in the surrounding rail and stile construction?
From what I have seen 1/4 inch should be OK, right? I will have to get a piece custom fit for the opening.

This will be a summer project for next year but I am already thinking about it. I have found a local source where I can get it cut to fit.

Your thoughts appreciated.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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joeyinsouthaustin

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 11:53 PM

if security is that much an issue, I would set it in a dado like a door panel, if not rabbit and glass clips, little clear silicone first will keep it from rattling.

-- Who is John Galt?

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 12:31 AM

Thanks Joey.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 02:17 AM

You can install it like glass or even just use screws to secure it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 02:44 AM

I would install it like you would a piece of glass since it is susceptible to scratching and yellowing. Then you will be able to replace it when the time comes.

-- Art

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 03:12 AM

I like the way y’all are thinking. Being a junior high campus, I wouldn’t rule out some horseplay and I was concerned about having to replace the Lexan if it gets damaged.

So, I guess I need to make sure I can get to it from the inside for removal/replace. More design items to think about. :-)

Thanks.
Any other thoughts appreciated.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Wdwerker

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 04:15 AM

I have used Lexcel clear caulk for over 35 years. It is not silicone, won’t peel out or dry milky looking. I does take a couple of days to cure. Remains flexible and cleans up with mineral spirits . I glue glass and acrylic into cabinet doors and displays for a strong and rattle free installation. You can cut it out with a razor knife if the pane is scratched up and needs replacement. I get it at the hardware store or Lowes.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 04:35 AM

Thanks WD

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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