Biesemeyer fence face rehab

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Forum topic by Bobbyjimmy posted 08-23-2014 10:16 PM 1490 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2014 10:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: biesemeyer fence face

My biesemeyer fence faces need to be replaced/rehabed. Attached is a pic but the question is what kind of material is in the attached picture. I know the outside is laminate but what’s the clear stuff?
I’m also looking for ideas for the faces and any links are much appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 10:50 PM

Not sure. Proabably some sort of really tough plastic. I have recently gotten a lot of “raw” materials such as stainless rod, clear plastic dowel rod, O1 tool steel, etc. It is a lot easier than you think to get a hold of that kind of stuff. Try a place like nationwide plastics. Google them

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 10:31 AM

Looks like plain old acrylic sheet with standard contact cemented counter laminate on top to me. :)

Seems like a lot of work to make another from scratch.

If the acrylic is in good shape, laminate a new piece of formica or Wilsonart to it. Most Lowes have it, some HD also.

If the acrylic is bad, then replace it with MDF and add laminate if you want a slick surface.

If it were me and waxed MDF wasn’t working; I’d buy some UHMW-PE (ultra high molecular weight Polyethylene) sheet same thickness as the acrylic and make new fence face with it. Stuff cuts/machines easy with sharp bits, and is not too expensive.

Lots of plastic & industrial supply places carry it:

These are just places I know it exists, but may not be cheapest. Suggest you search around as prices vary by volume handled by suppliers.

Best of luck!

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 03:42 PM

My Biesmeyer fence came with 1/2” Baltic Birch with white laminate on the faces, and edges were slot routed for black tee moulding. Simple as that with out any mysteries involved..
When you restore the faces, it might be better to just use self tapping screws and try to avoid the old holes… Also, when you do remove the old material, make sure you pound the old screw holes down to keep the fence flat…..... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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