Kitchen Remodel #12: More Corian work. And, yes Todd was right it is just like glass

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Blog entry by Karson posted 11-10-2008 05:14 AM 4780 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Continuing with the base cabinets Part 12 of Kitchen Remodel series Part 13: Finishing the Corian, I wish. »

Well the base cabinet is in place and the position of the sink was determined so I drew an outline of the sink and I put a 3/4” line around the inside.

I cut the straight lines using the battery operated skill saw, and the corners with a jig saw.

I used hot melt glue and put down wooden blocks so that the sink could be placed in the correct position and be able to placed in position fast.

To take the blocks off you just whack them with a hammer (Sideways).

I write on the bottom the positioning of the extra parts to be put on. The edging goes on the front and on the stove side.

Turn the counter top over and the sink didn’t fall on the ground. So far so good.

When doing routing of Corian you get many, many pieces of plastic that look like Ivory Soap Flakes.

I did a round over of the Corian on the inside of the sink edge.

I turned the counter top over and put on the drop edge and all of the other pieces of bracing.

I had my wife come over to the shop and help me turn over the piece one more time. We started to pick it up using the corner as the starting to lift place. As soon as we did that I stopped and said that we can’t do that it will crack. 2 seconds later we did it again and it broke.

I guess that short term memory failed. My wife started to think of all of the possibilities, Buy a new piece of Corian, Buy a new sink, Start over. (And this was all within 5 seconds of it breaking). Todd said handle like glass and I guess he was right. Thanks Todd for the insite or I wouldn’t have even said, “Don’t do that, or it will break!” I guess that you should have told me twice. But, experience is a great teacher.

My craftsman/creator kicked in and I grabbed the tube of glue and glued the crack line and put my 10’ pipe clamps that were last used for my deck to pull the pieces together.

I came into the house to feel very dejected.

Two hours later I went back and found that the glue had all hardened, I cleaned up the edges, Put on the Ogee edge, sanded and polished to 2000 grit.

Brought it into the house and installed it.

The crack is not visible. But, we were very careful putting it in place, making sure that the end was always supported.

Now for the return and installing the plumbing, dishwasher and sink.

Mother-in-law in three days, I may make it yet. At least functional.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 11-10-2008 05:36 AM

Well, you did the right thing.

These things happen, even to the pro’s. One of the good things about Corian is that if the snap is pretty clean, it will repair very nicely. After a bit of worry and sweat on the brow, nobody will know anything ever happened.

Your work flow looks pro and the project does too.

The true face of a craftsman is seen under those times of great pressure and challenge. You pulled off the repair like a true craftsman for sure.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 11-10-2008 05:42 AM

There has been blood, sweat and tears in this job. Thanks for the support Todd.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Richard Williams

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#3 posted 11-10-2008 05:51 AM

Great job as usual and as expected. Make sure you are wearing a dust mask buddy. Many things we have used in the past on construction jobs were found out to be not so good for your health. Here is where an ounce of prevention is well worth a pound of cure. It is not the particles you see that fall to the ground but the ones that stay air borne and that are tiny enough to by inhaled that cause problems down the line. Beautuf job my friend.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#4 posted 11-10-2008 06:24 AM

Thanks Richard. I appreciate your support in my projects also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 11-10-2008 06:40 AM

Its looking like a professional job Karson, perhaps a second career in the works. Great recovery. Seems to be progressing well. My wife wants me to let her know when you post the fininshed project, I guess she is working up ideas for later, thanks buddy. :-)

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 11-10-2008 06:55 AM

Still on schedule and on budget, Looks great Karson. I remember what little Corian I worked with created a horrible racket when being power planed and cut and routed. Add hearing protection to the dust collection/filtration safety reminders.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 11-10-2008 07:05 AM

Scott I’ve never thought about planing it. It makes enough mess with the router and saw and sanders. The only thing that isn’t messy is doing the wet/dry finish polishing when I use soapy water. The sander doesn’t fling it all over the place and it cleans up with a bunch of paper towels.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 11-10-2008 07:33 AM

Don’t worry about the minor setback with the breakage Karson. I bet you will still do it cheaper than have someone in to do it for you. Looking good.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 11-10-2008 08:56 AM

Great save, Karson.

I’m glad you clarified the ”just whack them with a hammer (Sideways),” or that could be the next necessary save for one of your LumberJock students ;)

It seems to me like you could have a couple of “all-nighters” coming up. But then you’re probably a whole lot faster than I am!

Keep up the good work. We’re really enjoying (and learning), thanks to this blog.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 11-10-2008 10:59 AM

I am really impressed with your ambition and your workmanship. You are setting a high standard for the rest of us. Thanks for sharing all. It is instructive to see a good recovery from an “Oh Shoot” moment.

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dennis mitchell

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#11 posted 11-10-2008 04:31 PM

Well I for one am glad to see you didn’t get carried away. I half expected you to veneer the underside with Currly Mohatgan Cheta Wood and inlay the edge reconstituted emeralds. Great job as always!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 11-11-2008 06:51 AM

Hey Buddy;

Been there, done that. No “T” shirt, and certainly no pictures. I deny it ever having happened.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

You’re doing a great job, my friend!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 11-11-2008 11:41 PM

looking great. I have picked up on a lot of lessons, can’t wait to see more.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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