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PVC Louver Panel

Postby sharbold » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:13 am

This is a PVC Panel with a closed louver look.
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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby IBBruin » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:41 am

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby tmerrill » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:15 am

Hi Sam,

The doors look great! In your other post you mentioned the door halves were laminated together. If you don't mind, what did you use for an adhesive?

Thanks for posting.

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby sharbold » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:10 pm

IBBruin, thanks for the compliment.

Tim, I used Bond & Fill Thinset Lamination Adhesive
http://www.bondfill.com/bond-and-fill-thinset-lamination-grade

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby tmerrill » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:02 pm

Hi Sam,

Thanks for the info and link. I've bookmarked it for future use.

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby Paul Z » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:38 pm

Sam,

Thanks for the info one the adhesive.

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby Mike-S » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:12 pm

Nice louvered panels. :D
And thanks for the adhesive link. They also carry the hard to find plastic biscuits.
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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby rscrawford » Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:27 am

Looks good. What was the cut time on that panel? Wondering if it would be faster to make a real louvred panel the old fashioned way (maybe using the CNC for the louvre mortises, or pin holes if the louvres opened and closed).
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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby sharbold » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:34 pm

Each louver panel took 14 minutes to machine so a total time of 56 minutes to machine the 4 panels. Also the customer wanted the louver look but did not want any openings for insects to get behind.
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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby rscrawford » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:43 pm

I'm very impressed you can machine those panels in 14 minutes. You've shown some well designed, clean work.
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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby fretsman68 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:56 pm

Absolutely beautiful, sharbold, may I ask where you get your PVC material and is there a "brand" you prefer?

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby sharbold » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:47 pm

rscrawford wrote:I'm very impressed you can machine those panels in 14 minutes. You've shown some well designed, clean work.


To better clarify here is a quick breakdown of how I machined the Louver. Each louver panel was cut into a 1/2" piece of PVC. Then the panel was inserted into a rabbit cut in the back of the 1" PVC which has the stile and rail cut. The louver panel was cut the exact size as the opening in the 1" PVC then a 1/2" thick PVC spacer was applied around the louver to lock it in. This way there are no voids for dirt or bugs to get into.
Louver Breakdown.jpg
Louver panel with spacer


Here are a couple shots of the vacuum jig I used to hold the 1/2" PVC to machine the louvers. To not get into a problem with clearance issue with the Z axis I decided to machine the louvers as 2 panels then glue them together. Machining time for each half of the louver was 6 minutes 15 seconds. So total time to produce 2 halves including change out was 14 minutes.
Louver Jig 1.jpg
Vacuum jig to hold 1/2" PVC. View_1
Louver Jig 2.jpg
Vacuum jig to hold 1/2" PVC. View_2
Louver Jig 3.jpg
Vacuum jig to hold 1/2" PVC. View_3


I used an Amana RC2250 cutter which done an excellant job on the louver.
Amana Mini 2+2.jpg
Amana RC 2250


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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby sharbold » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:50 pm

fretsman68 wrote:Absolutely beautiful, sharbold, may I ask where you get your PVC material and is there a "brand" you prefer?

Thanks,
Dave


Dave I use both Azek and Versatex but of the two I prefer Versatex. The versatex seems to have a more dense core and the thickness is more precise. Azek I purchase from Parksite Plunkett Webster and the Versatex I purchase from TW Perry. Both companies are located in Baltimore.

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby fretsman68 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:32 pm

sharbold wrote:
fretsman68 wrote:Absolutely beautiful, sharbold, may I ask where you get your PVC material and is there a "brand" you prefer?

Thanks,
Dave


Dave I use both Azek and Versatex but of the two I prefer Versatex. The versatex seems to have a more dense core and the thickness is more precise. Azek I purchase from Parksite Plunkett Webster and the Versatex I purchase from TW Perry. Both companies are located in Baltimore.

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Excellent, thank you, Sam-

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Re: PVC Louver Panel

Postby rscrawford » Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:51 pm

When you said 14 minutes, I suspected you must be cutting those on a tapered jig! Most posters on here would simply use a finish toolpath and waste 6 or 7 hours of machine time, without getting those nice clean lines.

What kind of a vacuum are you using? I have an older dental vacuum unit (wet ring) that will pull 60cfm at 22"Hg. I use a 1/2" hose with quick connectors to hook up to my different jigs, and I use 1.5mm natural rubber sandblasting mask as the gasket. I cover the whole surface of my jig with the rubber, then cut out sections of the rubber to act as the plenum (since I'm going for an airtight seal, I don't need a deep plenum because there is virtually no airflow). This gives an airtight seal and I can cut out pieces less then 5cmx5cm with no movement.
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