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I’m going to a mates 50th birthday celebration tonight. Normally I buy them a bottle or something if they are having a party, or if not I send them a happy birthday text message :lol:

This time I thought I’d do something a little different as this mate used to work at Lucite (the place that makes the Perspex) so what better than something made from Perspex!

This took a couple of days to make and weighs in at 2.3kgs

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The plinth is approx. 7 inches square and it comprises from the bottom up of a piece of 3mm thick clear fluorescent, a piece of 10mm thick frost effect red, a piece of 8mm thick clear, a piece of 12mm thick frost fluorescent green (the numbers are cut from the same piece) and a piece of 10mm thick solid black.

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The plinth is made by gluing all the pieces together using Tensol cement, which melts the Perspex surfaces- so it can be used for a clear, invisible bond (the only problem was that I did not have enough of it to do the project properly). The next day I cut the block to size on the Evolution rage 3DB by trimming the edges of the block. This was then sanded on a belt sander, before sanding it on a bench using a full sheet of wet and dry paper. After that I polished the edges.

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Cutting out the numbers was not easy with the Perspex being 12mm thick and I snapped the blade in the scroll saw, so had to cut out the 0 and most of the number 5 using a coping saw. It then took a while to sand and polish the edges.

I then stuck the numbers to the plinth using Tensol cement again.

I have added a few photo's as my photography skills really don't do it justice :wink:

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That's brilliant Chez :thumbright:

I'd be chuffed to get something like that. Nice work.

Being an utter geek though, I'd have implanted LEDs at the bottom of the digits to light them up! But, as I said, I'm a geek :lol:

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Very nice job Chez! :thumbright:
Your mate will be pleased to get that!
I wondered how you had cut the numbers out. There must be some clever way to cut shapes in Perspex, but I've never found it. Only done odd bits really though. Nothing as big as that.



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Hi,

Top job Chez; your mate will be well pleased to receive such a prezzie knowing the time and effort you have put in. Thanks for sharing it. :salute:

Years ago I cut very large house numbers out of white Perspex and was delighted with them until one trick or treat night when a thief stole one of them. ::b

I like playing around with Perspex; have you ever flame polished the edges Chez?

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I would like one of those Chez, trouble is it is 15 year to bleedin' late :lol:

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That's awesome Chez.



Err you do know he's only gonna be 49 don't you?? :lol: :lol:

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Retired wrote:
Hi,

Top job Chez; your mate will be well pleased to receive such a prezzie knowing the time and effort you have put in. Thanks for sharing it. :salute:

Years ago I cut very large house numbers out of white Perspex and was delighted with them until one trick or treat night when a thief stole one of them. ::b

I like playing around with Perspex; have you ever flame polished the edges Chez?

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I tried the flame polisher last year when I bought it, but you can only flame polish clear acrylic because of the pigments used.

Therefore I have not really used it since LOL

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That's awesome Chez.



Err you do know he's only gonna be 49 don't you?? :lol: :lol:


Don't even joke about it.

Last year a mate on Facebook posts and someone mentions him being 50 in the comments. He never corrected anyone, so thought he must be turning 50, I get him a card with 50 on, when I get there is his turning 49 :lol:

Anyway I went to his 49th but missed his 50th LOL

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When I was 21, one of my mates was a plater / welder, and he made me a "key of the door" Yale type key and fob. It's cut from 25mm plate and the key is about 800mm long. Ruddy great piece of roller chain on it. :shock: Still got it stuck in the corner of a shed. I keep meaning to dig it out paint it, and hang it on the wall in my den. If the walls are up to it! :-)


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a bit of LED would definitely raise the game here! still looks great though


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That looks great Chez :thumbright:

Ps I am 50 in 8 years time :lol:

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