I have rough cut 8 Corian blanks for TS ZC inserts. Problem is, I need
them less than 1/2" thick. My idea is to run them through my planer
(Delta 22-580) taking very light passes with the spent blades that are
currently installed, then flip the double-edge blades afterward.
Is it a bad idea to run Corian through a planer? Could it damage the
planer, the blades, or me? Anyone done this? TIA for any advice.
If you have to do it, don't use spent blades; use nice sharp ones. Think
about it; if the material is particularly tough, do you want to go at it
with dull blades?
I have a pile of 1/2" corian blanks I picked up for nothing at an auction.
(Guy bought an enormous pile of blanks and sheets for $100. He told me to
take what I wanted since he didn't know how he was going to get it home
anyhow, so I took 3 nice sheets and 10 blanks.) Never thought of using them
for zcis. Certainly more stable than wood...
Use them full thickness, but rabbet the edges down to the required size.
If your arbor won't drop down enough for your sawblade to clear to cut
the new insert, start the zc cut with an 8" or 7 1/4" blade.
IF you're going to put them through the planer, make sure the blades are
sharp. Should the piece of Corian decide to break up in the planer, it
can/will cause lots of damage. It is not recommended.
Hey, thanks for all the great advice. I only need to take off about
1/16", so I'll go with Robatoy's suggestion and rabbet the edges. I
can easily do this with a staight bit in my router table w/ fence. It
makes more sense to cut Corian with carbide anyway. Thanks again, all.
Upon further reflection:
It may therefore be wise to terminate the slot that you'll be cutting
with your sawblade, with a drilled hole (1/4"?) on each end of the slot
as a stress-relief, in order to prevent cracks from developing there.
Kinda like: 0==============0
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