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    Getting small pieces of Corian

    Anyone know where I might find small pieces of Corian, something like 8"x12" or something close like that, doesn't have to be exact. Can be either 1/2" or 3/4" thick, doesn't really matter.
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    Not to be too much of a smartie.... but how bout a corian counter fabricator?
    I know one in Tucson, but thats no help...
    Sink cutouts sound like just the right size.

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    I had some Corian installed a couple of weeks ago, The fabricator said he had people dropping in his shop all the time for scraps.

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    I called a few Counter top people here in town and they all used the same installer, so I called the installer and the salesmen I talked to pretty much said they would rather throw it away than have to have a production manager stop and help me. geeesshhh. Maybe their dumpster doesn't have a camera watching it. Guess I could just always go by and see, but they leave at 4 o'clock and that's gonna be tough to get there, would have to try and leave work early.
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    If you tell the guys in the shop what sizes you are looking for they will put them aside for you. Just dont be real picky.

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    I think I'd go by the shop early - if they quit at 4 they probably start at 7:30, find if there's a back door, and maybe bring them a box of donuts if they help you out. Talking to the salesman is sometimes worse than useless, kinda sounds like he needs to feel important from the answer, or maybe he just didn't want to bother getting up out of his chair. We used to have guys come for scrap mesquite all the time, and it wasn't any big deal at all to take a few minutes to show them where the junk bins were.

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    I'd go with everyone seems to be saying. Find a local cabinet maker that uses it for counter tops and ask if they have any scraps you can have.

    I scored a box of assorted red oak scraps that way.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
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    I have a friend who owns a Corian (Solid surface) business. He used to have a fellow come in and he would give him scraps to make pens and such. One day he told him that he would like to have one of those pens... the fellow quoted him a price. Needless to say he was promptly escorted out of the place with a warning not to ever come back. For a long time he would not allow any scrap to be given out (Dumpster Only) Over time I was able to get him to allow me some scraps, In return I made hime some of my products as a gift or payment. There are a few people he & I know that he will allow some scrap but we all know enough to repay the gift with a gift. It is not wise to expect payment from the fellow who is supplying your stash. I say this because you can find who the Solid Surface guy in your area and offer to make him some object or project with the scrap. Go to HD or Lowes and talk to the cabinet guys, they know who the contractors in the area are and who to contact. (You buy the counter top from them but they sub out the work locally.)

    What I make are Trivits and Cutting boards, They can make the normal cutting boards but what I do is scroll work, I cut pineapples, fish silhouettes, Lizzards, or coat of arms and specialty designs to fit a person's theme in their kitchen or bar. He could have a CNC guy do it but th artwork is more expensive than my time if it is for one. the material cuts quite well and smooth on a scroll saw with correct blades.

    BTW... Go by on a Friday afternoon, These guys are done with production about 3:00 or so and are cleaning up or "winding down" waiting till 4:00 .. That way you are not an inconvience.
    Last edited by Bill Simpson; 07-05-2007 at 05:44 PM.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, I called again today and someone else answered the phone so I ask for a production guy and got someone. He said I can come by tomorrow and take a look at what they have, but you are right they will be leaving around 3:45 so I will just have to leave early to make it. Probably a good thing to call on a Holiday week when some of the sales or other people are probably not there.
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    Polite that you called ahead, but I have found that when you "Show up" it is often harder to deny in person rather than over the phone.

    Are you wanting this for a project or to make cool blocks for your BS?

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