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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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412 days ago

I am looking for some lightweight material that is a honeycomb design and approximately 1/2 to 3/4 thick and can be cut to 31×14. Years ago I saw some shelving material like this being used at an art show. Can’t seem to find a source for it now.

I participate in shows with my work and have displays set up that use 24 shelves that are 31×14 and made of 3/4” ply. This is the equivalent weight to hauling around 3 sheets of plywood. I am considering routing a bunch of slots in the ply to reduce the weight…but i would prefer the lighter honeycomb type of plastic/plexiglass.

Has anyone run across a product like this? I have called several plastic companies and have not had any luck.

Thanks…!

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.


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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 412 days ago

Greg,

Not sure if this is what you are describing?

http://corporate.evonik.com/en/media/archive/pages/news-details.aspx?newsid=14078

Growing pains? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 412 days ago

Thomas….I am not sure either because so many searches and info sheets did not give photos of the product…and like the old saying goes…a picture is worth a thousand words..
Thanks

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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DocSavage45

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#3 posted 412 days ago

I’m thinking from description it is in the plexiglass? Goog luck! Getting heavy, hugh?

Check out commercial companies that produce the complete shelving????

Good Luck,

Going to my money making (occasionally) job now.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 412 days ago

you can always make some shelves out of masonite that incorporate the honeycomb concept in the form of a torsion box

also found this:
http://www.plascore.com/custom-lightweight-honeycomb-panels.php
http://www.panel.com/kor-board---light-weight-panels-143/
http://www.superhoneycomb.com/

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Talyn

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#5 posted 411 days ago

What your looking for is a(Polycarbonate honeycomb sheet)

You can try here>>> http://www.honeycombcn.com/products/search.html?keyword=polycarbonate+honeycomb+core

-- Harry --- Never Give Up, Never Surrender, www.cncdesignwork.com

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john2005

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#6 posted 411 days ago

Kinda looking for a similar product for the drain on a waterfall feature I am building. If you find something, please post what it is, and if I come up with one I will do the same. Thx

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 411 days ago

Thanks for the responses..A couple of places have something that is similar to what i am looking for but it seems their minimum purchase requirement is much more than I need. I need the equivalent of three 4×8 sheets…
Still searching…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 411 days ago

Greg,

Is the reason for the acrylic shelves aesthetic, or practical? I was thinking about shelving, transporting and setting it up, strength and design.

My thinking is based on a way I make shelves for storage. I create a rigid frame then add a half inch sheet of plywood to it. I was thinking lightweight? Using the principles of a tension box or hollow core door, you can get some 1/4 inch luane or even an oak veneer plywood. Using steam bending or lamination you can make a curved face for thin shelves and use the iron on veneer edging? It would be similar to an air plane wing? Lightweight but very strong. It would be about same thickness but less weight. And you can finish them to make them pretty or paint them.

Had some driving time to get to work. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 411 days ago

Thomas…that is certainly a way to accomplish it…but i have entirely too much work to do and have no time to spend making that many panels. I am looking for something I can purchase and, at most, cut them to size. I use 24 shelves and they are 31”x14”x3/4”

I am doing this primarily for weight reduction and space saving. I transport my shelves in Rubbermaid containers to keep them from getting scuffed and banged up. By the time I put 8 shelves in a container the weight is the same as a full sheet of 3/4” ply and I use three containers that are less than full due to weight. My thought is to lighten the load so I can fit them in either 1 or 2 containers. The right panels could fit in one large container with considerably less weight and less space requirements. My Ford E150 Van gets filled quickly with everything else that we use at the shows.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 411 days ago

Thanks,

I checked out the web page Tayln gave but no specific pricing. Lots of interesting honeycomb. Maybe Blackie or one of the other guys(gals) that go to shows might split your costs?

Best of luck.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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redSLED

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#11 posted 411 days ago

Lightweight 1/2” – 3/4” thick honeycomb material.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Boxguy

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#12 posted 411 days ago

Greg, try looking at greenhouse materials. They use this stuff. It may be too heavy.

What about one inch blue styrofoam insulation with a glued-on one eighth inch thin wood door skin? 1/4 inch ply strip on edge glued in center of foam shelf would give added strength. Light, quick to make, can be cut on a bandsaw to size after glue-up. Add hole for broom stick for easy transport.

-- Big Al in IN

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Tony_S

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#13 posted 410 days ago

How about

http://www.plyveneer.com/plycorr.html

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Paul

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#14 posted 408 days ago

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#15 posted 407 days ago

My thanks for all of the ideas and suggestions everyone. I decided to make my new shelves out of 1/2 ” baltic birch and rout out alot of the wood with 1/2” slots to further reduce weight. This should reduce the weight by 50-60% while still having the durability needed for transporting around to the shows.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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