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    Shaving Corain

    I was wondering about Corain. What I need to know is what would be the best way to take it from 1/2" down to 3/8" or 1/4". I did run a peice thru the planer. WOW, what a mess that made. There was blue dust all over everything. It did make it nice and smooth. I had to take lighter passes has it booged down the planer. I was afraid to let it mix with the sawdust becouse I was unsure if it is safe to put in a flower bed or not.That is the reason for the mess. So what would you do to reduce the thickness? I did think about taking the planer out side, however I am located next to a large brick building that couses echos and makes loud noises even louder.

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    Never mind I was just given a link on that other site and found out it is not a health hazord.

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    Shaving corian

    Al,

    Good that you found something on this subject, but how about sharing that link for the Corian?

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    Al I would choose a plunge router with a sled to reduce the thickness. Oh and a dust collection set up also, it does make a lot of shavings. This should give you good results.
    Chuck

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    Here is the link for Corain health hazard.http://www.parksite.com/productgroup.../msds_3_42.pdf
    The sled and plunge router sounds good, but My router at this time is just a fixed base.

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    Al, you can do it with a fixed base router also. Just ease the router into the Corion and take small cuts of an eighth of an inch and it will work fine.

    Chuck

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    From what I know of Corian, you need Carbide blades to keep from wearing down the cutter more than the Corian.

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    I don't know what you are doing Al, but I am sure it needs to be done. Surfacing the stuff sounds hard on your planer. Wish I had a solution other than to buy some 1/4" already made. By the way, what are you doing anyhow?
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    I have resawed it with my bandsaw and a carbide blade with great success. Finish is good enough that sanding handles the rest. By resawing you save material that could be used for decorative inlays or for bonding to other cutoffs to create neat blanks for the lathe. No matter the material, I try to make as few chips as possible with the planer.
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