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Old 21-11-2013, 01:03 PM
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What resin do I need to make my own Micarta
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Old 21-11-2013, 04:13 PM
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I used the resin from Halfords Mike. It worked perfectly well but there are better ones available on-line and at chandlers I hear.
I'll dig out my micarta press and post up a pic. I forgot all about it. Sorry mate!!
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Old 21-11-2013, 04:43 PM
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I used the resin from Halfords Mike. It worked perfectly well but there are better ones available on-line and at chandlers I hear.
I'll dig out my micarta press and post up a pic. I forgot all about it. Sorry mate!!
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Old 22-11-2013, 06:44 PM
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Not pretty Mike. I'll need to clean it up and oil it before storing.It's got a wee bit rusty!!!





The central bolts and washers are to give an even 10mm space. Coat everything in a thin film of Vaseline so nothing sticks.The MDF in the centre is just to keep the clamps together and has no function when compressing the micarta.

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Darren it might be a stupid question but do you keep building up the thickness of say denim to about 15mm and then squash down as tight as possible
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Compress them all down dry to make sure you have the right amount. It should be tight to compress. Once you have mixed the resin then time is your enemy. I had the missus helping me. She had an old paint brush and scraper to remove air from each layer.
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Compress them all down dry to make sure you have the right amount. It should be tight to compress. Once you have mixed the resin then time is your enemy. I had the missus helping me. She had an old paint brush and scraper to remove air from each layer.
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Dont put too much fabric in or you will squeeze all the resin out and get a dry laminate.

I did this once and the micarta started bulging after it was removed from the press as there was no resin keeping it solid.

A rough rule of thumb I use is to squeeze the layers of dry cloth in the jaws of a vernier or micrometer - dont go mad just tight enough to take out any gaps and give a little compression. Use the number of layers that give you the desired final thickness, maybe add a layer or two for safety.
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Dont put too much fabric in or you will squeeze all the resin out and get a dry laminate.

I did this once and the micarta started bulging after it was removed from the press as there was no resin keeping it solid.

A rough rule of thumb I use is to squeeze the layers of dry cloth in the jaws of a vernier or micrometer - dont go mad just tight enough to take out any gaps and give a little compression. Use the number of layers that give you the desired final thickness, maybe add a layer or two for safety.
ok thanks I think i would have squeezed to much out .going to buy some resin today and have a go
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