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Solid Surface Oven Design10/11
Anyone know of a good design or where we can get the heating elements.Thanks.
made a oven 36 by 150. holds a full sheet. made it out of sheet metal.an used heating blankets.works great.
Where I work now we have an oven 12' long that we primarily use to heat PVC to bend for our exterior features that will heat to high enough temperatures to use for solid surface. When I worked in Shreveport we used an oven that was made from a common household oven. It had a box attatched where the door would go and it also would accomodate 12' pieces. the opposite end of the box had a hinged door for loading and unloading. A simple hair dryer had been mounted in the back to create airflow ( I believe a commercial grade heat gun would've worked better). I don't recall the amount of time we left the parts in but they would have to be pulled out and flipped end to end to get uniform heating but it worked. I'll have to look up the manufacturer of the oven we have and pass that along. It heats much more uniformly with no flipping.
For strips up to 6" wide we use a Greenlee PVC bender.
Made some aluminum supports, covered in stove gasket fabric tohold the flat strip
Cut your curved deck, mill a shallow rabbet.
Make a flakeboard form the same as your deck
Heat the drop edge to 240 and cool it on the form.
Then bond it to the deck indexed in the rabbet.
We do store fixtures this way they come out great with way less work and mess than bricklaying