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If you were to set up your own solid surface shop from scratch what tools would you fill it with. I am talking about basic tools as well as more advanced tools. Also any special design for sawhorses that make fabrication easier, pictures would be appreciated.
Well you need a good panel saw if no cnc and lots of 3hp pc routers. You would need a jig for the routers to do bevels and j-joints. A few mirka electric sanders for one site. A vaccum joining clamp.
Do you have any pictures of the benches that you mention in your post?
We're a millwork shop that has been doing solid surface for about 10-15 years or more. over the years we've acquired all kinds of odd ball tools and jigs from a cove sander to angled router bases for routing coved 1 piece back splashes. Our most recent acquisition is probably the best though. It's made by Gladu and its a coved cutter head that acts as a blade for the vertical panel saw. Essentially it's a saw blade with 6 removable knives that are shaped to act much like a v groove cutter if you can picture it. If you're doing 1 piece cove backsplashes there is no other way in our minds. We used to do it with the router and the cove cutter slashes the sanding time by more than half. A must have for anyone doing solid surface.