You said you are doing an upstand. Have you figured out how to do it yet? Also have you got lots of spring clamps? Corian needs clamping at very close centres
You sort of lost me with 'upstand' – is that another term for counter? Also not sure what your asking with 'figured out how to do it yet"...
Projects often start when I just sort of come up with an idea and overall plan, then I break it into steps as to whats needed and in general how much work is involved then research the steps for refinement and then do the details as I progress with the project. I do a lot of research and planning but it isn’t set in stone I don’t visualize the final project until its done.
I built a 800 SF Rastra addition on my house (mostly by myself) having never worked with many of the systems involved. I learned a lot of things in the process from how to stucco to building my own I trusses to calculating high-wind loads on roofs & windows.
I recently recovered the kitchen base cabinet vertical panels with Formica... never worked with melamine before - winging it all the way. These solid surface tops are my next step in keeping my wife happy. (Can’t get my mind to accept having someone come in to do it, when I should be able to figure it out… besides my middle name is...CHE… oh well, you know).
I have measured & laid out my kitchen plan (on AutoCad) and determined most of the pieces & their dimensions. Besides the obvious tops & backsplash, I have figured edge buildup strips for bullnose, radius blocks at corners and seam reinforcement. I’ve laid out my cut sheets with both rough and final dimensions for each piece. I'm getting close to cutting the sheets into their major dimensions. I’m hoping I can cut the 1” edge strips on the table saw and make use of the fence instead of hand guiding such small lengths with the skill saw.
A couple pictures would save a lot of my muddyness... (Dimensions & other clutter removed).
First is an old pic of the kitchen – the “wood” side panels have been covered with black slate Formica.
Next is a layout of the new counters – sink cutout TBD
once I pick a sink.
Here are some edge and corner details in progress – trying to decide on a profile and if it’s feasible to use a ¼ round oak trim insert for the roundover face or to build it up entirely of solid surface and route the edge over.
I have a few spring clamps, figure I need at least one per 3”-4” for the longest glueup I will do at one time. That might mean upwards of 30 or 40 clamps. I got a little sticker shock looking at decent metal 2” clamps. Then I saw the cheap plastic 1 ¾” clamps WalMart sells for a buck apiece and am wondering if they will have enough tension. I got a few to try, they seem to have stiff springs for the size so maybe they will work. Maybe I’ll have to use a few more closer together or maybe I can mix a few of the larger clamps in every so often- I’ll have to try & find out.
Another thing I have started to look at is the adhesive. I’m fairly certain I will use Integra brand. Found a place in FLA that sells it for $20 a tube. I calculated the total seam inches, including buildups and blocks then figured running 2 1/8” beads and some extra for reinforcement panels. I came up with 4900 Lin Inches adhesive and used 40 LF per tube (per manuf) thus came up with 10 tubes required – does that seem about right? (no pun intended).
Last pic is the jigsaw puzzle.
Sorry if I get a bit verbose – I’ve been known to jaw like I’m chewing rubber bands.
Thanks for the interest,