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What size clamps to buy and best place to buy them in volume?
Sorry for doing solid surface tops
I purchased 450+ Jorgensen 2" clamps back in the early 80's. I think I paid @$2.35 each at the time (from Outwater Hardware, NJ) and they've worked well - paid themselves off a zillion times over compared to the Jorgensen bar clamps we used prior to that. Though are solid surface work is down in the last five years or so (maybe a couple dozen counters per year now) due to the granite popularity - they still get used often and I keep them new looking by storing them in lidded Rubbermaid containers (see one of the containers in the second photo).
Harbor Freight has similar 2" (but cheap China made) clamps for less than a $1.00 each on sale, I believe they are green in color. I'm sure they'll work for all but a dedicated shop that would wear out the springs in short order. For occasional random use I'm sure they'll be fine.
Will the 2" be large enough for 1.5" build up? Also I only have I job of about 70 sq ft what type of hot glue gun will I need for this job?
2" clamp = 2" height opening. Hello?
Hmm. If you have to ask about clamp size, what type of glue gun you're going to need, etc. - you might rethink building this top and sub it out. The epoxy needed for solid surface is NOT a hot melt. Subbing it out might cost you less for the finished top than if you purchased just the sheet goods yourself. No need to buy all those clamps, special blades (you really need a "solid surface" blade) as well as the proper router bits with nylon bearings.
You know, this kind of works requires a certain level of expertise to be done right - not a lot of room for error. Solid surface material is kinda expensive to "learn the ropes" on just one small job.
Not trying to be snide here, but if you are contemplating solid surface work - you need to be trained and certified to work with the major brands in order to offer warranty. Your training classes will answer those questions you pose here. Your supplier most likely does offer certification classes, most have a "beginners" course that involves a one day option - and yea - they give you lunch! Check it out.
As to acquiring fabricator certification, that might be more involved. Today, the manufacturers (like DuPont Corian) are trying to force shops to work through dedicated fabrication shops. They also require showrooms with a certain amount of square footage just for countertops and moving a minimum amounts of sheet goods monthly.
Of course - I do see a lot of "online" sources for sheets where one can bypass these levels of requirement, but buying like this you don't get to offer the backing of a factory warranty. Which can come back to bite you big time if you don't know the proper protocol for working with solid surface.
I am was talking about the hot glue gun to glue the alignment blocks to the surface while gluing it up. I know there is a special gun for the epoxy. On the spring clamps a lot of the online retailer are calling 2" clamps that are really 1" clamps because they are 2" long
Home Depot has them for .99 cents Have bought and used thousands for solid surface and they work as well as the Jorgensens or the other more costly one's. Hope this helps Chris