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From Polyboard to fabrication
December 3, 2016
10:04 am
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Hi Viorel,

I don’t think you have overrated your expectations but it’s more that our concept of Partner Suppliers is still young and we haven’t yet some one active in Belgium.

We are working a few potential clients to set up cnc manufacturing units in Belgium but it takes some time to get everything off the ground.

I would say that you are, like us a little bit ahead of the times. 

For your future project, if you can wait a couple of months we  will be able to send you the addresses of companies that have the machine and Polyboard.

This make the whole process very streamlined as they will be able to run directly your Polyboard project through their CNC with a minimum of hassle. And therefore a minimum of cost for a custom unit.

Please keep us updated on your project and we would certainly be happy to hear your opinion.

All the best,

Ness

December 2, 2016
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Hi Ness,

My intention was to make it easy to disassemble when needed. My enthusiasm in using Polyboard hooked me so much that maybe I overrated the expectations.

I think to better reconsider the solution with screws, but not before getting some quote from the French supplier you kindly provided.

Also, with the help of the contacts you gave me, I will investigate further on the feasibility of my covert plan to made the furniture by myself for the planned new house. For now, this plan is also based on the enthusiasm of a happy Polyboard user. This project could be the avant-premiere. I will keep you current if you wish.

Thank you very much for your advises, time and consideration.

I am looking forward to seeing you next year in Belgium.

Yours,

Viorel

December 1, 2016
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Hi Viorel,

I’ve been looking around to try and find someone in Belgium to machine your parts but for the moment we don’t have anyone ready to run. We should be setting up a couple of workshops next year but this is probably too late for your project.

You could ask for a quote from one of our French suppliers, the list is on our French web site here:

https://atelierbois.net/membres/partenaires-fabricants/

The only other solution I could see would be to simplify the assembly of your panels adn build it yourself.

In my opinion unless you have to have a knock down unit you don’t need to use minifix at all.

The simplest way would be to screw the parts together, the disadvantage being that the screw heads might be visible.

Otherwise you can use just glue using dowel or biscuits or dominos (more expensive though) .

In my opinion biscuits is probably the fastest and cheapest way to go.

You could rent a biscuit jointer for a day and get it done very fast and cheap.

All the other holes can be drilled with simple hand drill.

If you need help you could ask a professional to give you a hand, here are a few contacts we have that might be useful:

http://pierrelohay.be/

pierre.stienne@gmail.com

jeremy@olliswood.be

http://menuiseriestefanmons.be/

http://www.xprojects.be/

yannickbelreno@gmail.com

Cordialement,

Ness

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For at least next three years, in Belgium.

Viorel

November 28, 2016
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Are you situated in the UK?

Ness

November 28, 2016
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Hi Ness,

Here is my baby.

Yours,

Viorel

November 28, 2016
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Hi Viorel,

To advise, can you post you Polyboard project file and tell us in where you are based?

All the best,

Ness

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Hi,

Thanked to your help, I  have already finished my first Polyboard project. It was a real pleasure to work with it and your team.

The fabrication step is the next challenge. I’ve sent the design to a DIY Company. All went well up to the holes drilling (basically 14 Minifix style and around 50 for dowels).

If the price for boards, cuttings and edgings is 150 EUROs, for the holes they asked for 570 EUROS. This will kill my project, which initially appeared pretty simple : 1200 X 430 X 970 cabinet with 3 drawers, 3 mobile shelves and 3 sliding doors. I have already bought the Minifix, dowels, drawer’s sliders and 4 wheels with about 50 E. The grand total would become 770 E, that seems to me prohibitive.

I talked to them and they said they have to input data manually into their CNC. I offered to provide the DXF file, because I assumed that it will contain all the necessary input data for the machine, but the answer was still no, they will do that manually.

I tried to find alternative: a combi drill and some combi jig would cost less then 570 E. However it is a pretty large investment. But this will only delay the project. I have seen your guiding videos referring to selfmade jigs, but for now, as a complete beginner, I have neither the tools nor the place for proper woodworking.

If you could come with some advise from your experience, some information about a less expensive manufacturer it would be very welcomed.

Yours,

Viorel

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