Devon Formica Requests Please

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by bobley » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:32 am

Maddison - your stuff is packed and ready to go to the PO in the morning

Kent - those bits come to £17 + postage (~£7)

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by maddison » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:31 pm

got it :D

thanks very much, what do you use too cut it....i`m scared

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by bobley » Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:33 am

That arrived quick!

As far as cutting it goes I'm afraid I'm not really the person to ask. I just used a sharp stanley knife for small bits or an angle grinder for the big sheets. The best bet is to bond to a sheet of ply and then cut the whole lot slightly oversize with a sharp circular saw and then plane it down to the exact size.

If anyones concerned about doing it themselves then my dad is now set up to produce the doors and tables and can supply with all the hinge recesses in the correct place and tables/tops can be finished with the correct ali trim. A typical set of 3 cargo door flaps would be about £100 + postage, tables are going to be a bit more pricey due to the expensive trim from CoolAir.

I still need to find a supplier for ali extruded table brackets for 67 Vert but I'm on it.

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by kent57 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:45 am

For gluing the Formica, Evostick contact adhesive is perfect. Apply a thin layer to each face & allow the glue to become almost dry & tacky before the two faces bond together.
If you have access to some quick clamps, a strip of softwood along the edges as a packer between the laminate face & clamp will help stop the edges from de-bonding.

About 4 hours will be enough time for the edges to bond fully (That's a bit of a guess but you'll be able to feel when the edge has dried completely)

The best thing for trimming Formica is a router with a laminate cutting bit.
some of the cutting bits are bearing guided so they can only cut to the ply or MDF the Formica is glued to. The bearing runs up to the cut edge of the ply/MDF.
The finished cut from a router will be perfect.

A cutting bit with no bearing will be cheeper (Screwfix / B&Q) but you will need to clamp a straight edge at the correct offset from the edge you want to cut to. In the case of mine it's 53mm from the edge of router to the cutting bit edge.
Just make sure the cutting bit is deep enough to trim to the depth you need.

Most hire shops do routers pretty cheep for a weekend if you don't have one.

The little cut outs for corners & any other fiddly bits can be trimmed with a stanley blade.

A sharp stanley run against a long straight edge will get you the basic size you need to cut up your Formica sheet but as this will only work on a continuous edge, you could be wasting material if you don't plan your cuts.

If not using a router but maybe a jigsaw with fine blade, scoring with a stanley blade first will stop the cut going past your mark & chipping the material.
Also, a strip of masking tape over the edge to be cut will allow you to see any pencil marks for dimensions on black Formica & also stop the jigsaw scratching the surface.

I would HIGHLY recommend you test your cutting skills on some scrap before touching the material you want to keep.
Try bonding a strip of scap Formica to some ply & try all methods first.

Measure twice & cut once!

There are various ways to do this but these methods work for me & I hope this helps in some way. :D
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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by kent57 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:57 am

I totally forgot to mention the cheapest & easiest method! 8O

As Bob said, cut & bond the oversized piece to your ply & then use a flat file to trim back to the ply edge. Simple as that! Not as slick as a router but the edge will be as good as the ply cut underneath.

You can really go at it & it won't go past the glued edge. Great results on a budget. 8)

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by jimthevan » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:22 pm

Hi - have you got any of the black and Virr Varr? i need enough black to do cooker cupboard door on a devonett walkthrough- on door on the over engine cupboard and devon wardrobe door - Virr Varr in just need enough to do the top of the devon wardrobe.

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by bobley » Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:51 pm

Hi mate. I dont know the dimensions of a devonette but if you send me the finished sizes I'll send you plenty to cover it. I've chopped the VirrVarr sheets up into table sized pieces I'm afriad as I didn't realise that some interiors had smaller pieces (the std piece I sell will cover any Devon table of cooker lid and is £18). The small black bits will only be a pound or two and postage is usually £7.

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by maddison » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:22 am

dont suppose the virvar comes in different colours other than the grey does it ??

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by bobley » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:45 pm

Their website is down at the moment but IIRC they do white lines on grey and blue lines on white....???

This is "Virrvarr blue"

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As opposed to the Virrvarr white I'm selling

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(I cant find any other pics on the web so I'm not sure about the white on blue)

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by maddison » Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:45 pm

ok - think i`d like at least 2 large tables worth of the blue if you can get it...or let me have a details of how i can get it myself

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by bobley » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:44 pm

Hi mate. You need to call International Decorative Surfaces. Your nearest branch is

Gateshead
Dukesway, Team Valley Industrial Estate, Gateshead
NE11 0PZ,
T. 0191 4917000

Formica themselves are based in North Shields so you shouldn't have to wait long!

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by maddison » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:34 am

wicked...cheers pal

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by bobley » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:09 pm

Just found that Formica do a VirrVarr Black F6945 for all the goths :wink:

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Re: Devon Formica Requests Please

Post by jayvanman » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:12 pm

got any virrvarr white left ?

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