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Old 12-02-2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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Building Acrylic Shelf - Glue? Screws?


About to build a shelf out of black acrylic, which will be mounted above the bed on a 16' CCD. It will be about 9" across, about 3-1/2" deep, with a lip just high enough to hold two coffee cups.

I've rehearsed this with scrap sheet, and found that yes Virginia, I can bend the stuff acceptably well with a heat gun, to make a groovy curving front matching the wall's corner.

Design is a back plate attached to the wall, the curving lip of the shelf, and a bottom, these 3 pieces assembled with ???

My rehearsal with superglue went ok, considering my sloppy cuts. I'm planning on doing the real thing with Weld-On #16 or clear PVC cement.

Is the extra cost of the Weld-On worth it? Will a glue-only piece survive the jarring of a trailer being towed, or do I need to add screws? And if so, how to safely screw this 1/4" thick material?

Plastics experts, please help!

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Old 12-02-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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Google acrylic glue. Do not use PVC glue. It is incompatible. I have not used Weld-0n 16. Usual adhesive is some (10%) acrylic resin dissolved in Ethyl Acetate or MEK. You can buy glue through a plastic fabrication warehouse. You could also make your own with a rock tumbler and a paint can.
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