Originally Posted by Aage
Looks very nice, Pete, but I must admit you surprised me with the cost of that printed material.
How do you think that would compare to using a real wood veneer over the aluminum?
Yes, I was surprised when I got the bill too! I'm not saying it would be an option for everyone, but I found the economies came when applying and fitting the print. As a cost comparison, you would have to look at what was available in your local market, think about labour and extras, and make up your own mind on what felt right for you.
It ticked a lot of boxes for me in that there were no glues involved, it is forgiving in its application, it can be cut with scissors, it is light, and strong, stable, washable, prefinished, can be fully compound curved and the subject of whatever you print is only bound by ones creativity. If you can take a photo of it, you can have it!! It is also thin, so any clearances are easily mantained, like around windows and doors, Oh, and did I say it rolls up nicely when you pick it up from the printers- no trailer or van necessary!
I will say this though, I am actually a wood guy- I love real wood and the character of it and even the smell of it. And if I could use it as a first choice, I would every time, for cabinetry and joinery. But I am also driven by practicalities and to a degree, the bottom line ( all that scot blood probably). I think I can remember seeing some pics of the woodwork interior that Frank mentioned, some time ago, and it looked amazing, it was actually the inspiration for me on this interior. I have heard it is good to have boundaries , or a limited pallette or choice of materials-that's when you REALLY have to get creative. Hell, it's just all about having fun really isn't it?
Hey Frank! Chur bro'
Keep up the good work everyone. You are doing good things.