Thursday, 5 June 2008

Step 2 - The Rails

After coming up with the shape and the size of the board that I wanted it was time to cut out the rails. I have used ABS plastic for the rails of my board. I have used a 3mm ABS plastic sheet that measures 1600mm x 1080mm. This enough for two boards and the cost was around £27 per sheet. Once the shape was traced out onto the ABS I used a jigsaw to carefully cut out the shape.

A word of caution when cutting the plastic with the jigsaw with a fast sawing action and a to finer blade the plastic heats up behind the blade and the cut you just made is sealed up. A medium spead with a course wood blade seems to do the trick.

the sheet of ABS plastic
the cut out board

2 comments:

kinetickites said...

Hi there

Where do you get the ABS in the UK?

crazyLLama said...

Hi there,

I got my ABS plastic from http://www.stephen-webster.co.uk I used a 4mm Pinseal Embossed. Which has a pattern on the one side and is smooth on the other. I used a 80grit sand paper on a belt sander to roughen up the plastic before I did the torch thing. Any questions just give us shout.

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