<![CDATA[Plasticworks - Plastics, Fiberglass and More - Graham's Blog]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:49:42 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Brochure Holders]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:41:08 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/brochure-holdersPicture
I spend a lot of time thinking of and working on brochure holders because our our other site www.brochureworld.ca . We stock brochure holders, mostly made in Canada, and custom make brochure holders, attachments and such things.  

Currently we are working on a project that is both simple and specialized.  We had a customer that needed a brochure holder to go around a custom retail display.  They would send out the holder which could be displayed in one of 3 locations.  2 of them were easy to do with our existing parts but one needed to wrap around or secure to a post.   We needed to make it look great, be very secure, and ideally be removable with no damage.    

We could have used double sided tape but once its on, its on and its very difficult to remove and clean the residue off. 

 Instead we designed a custom wrap around fixture with holes that matched parts of the existing fixture.  It is simple and effective and just the sore of thing we like to do for our customers.

These will go into production next week and we will also be individually packing them as a set and labeling them with the customers part code.

See more of our holders over at the Brochure World site.

<![CDATA[Livin'On - my dingy's sad story]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:45:10 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/livinon-my-dingys-sad-storyPicture
Well as we all found out last week, spring has sprung in Great Vancouver and the Fraser Valley (I can practically see the grass growing in Fort Langley where I live).  

So with the return of the good weather we returned to the beaches of Bowen Island.  We go there often enough that to facilitate our crabbing adventures we keep a little dingy on the beach.  Its an old Livingston that seems to have had the vinyl removed in spots hence its name "LIVIN ON".  

Sadly, this winter it did not live on!  The particular beach it is on (and most of the northwestern side of Bowen) is known for its winter storms.  Its idyllic in summer but rather nasty in winter storm season.  

Ideally, we'd have brought the dingy up the beach or to the cabin for the winter but well with kids and school it was quickly forgotten until we received an ominous email from one of the powers that be up there that 'boats were at risk' due to waves and high tides.  We knew then that Livin' On would have a rough time of it and so it did! 

In the photo you can see the main damage to the bottom of one side where the fiberglass has split.  Its a little hard to see but the light that you see is coming through the boat and not under.  So that's up on the project list!  I spoke with a fellow out here in Abbotsford, 'Dan the boat Man' and so I have good idea of what to do (its pretty similar to what I suggest to people in store but always good to hear it from someone who does it hands on too). 

Basically I'll grind out the inside and apply overlapping patches, going bigger as I go.  Then I'll level the outside with a short strand filler and gelcoat over that.  It will look a little rough on the inside (maybe) but its only a beach dingy and after seeing the quick and dirty repair Western Canoe and Kayak did for on my beater canoe last year I think it will be fine.

Remember if you want to tackle these projects we have most everything you need (not sandpaper though) and if you don't we do recommend Dan the Boat Man and Western Canoe and Kayak depending on your project. 

<![CDATA[Staircase childproofing]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:08:56 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/staircase-childproofingPicture
This is the results of a friends project.  They have a lovely stylish home with unique addition on the back.  One of its features was an open reclaimed wood staircase.  It looks great but with a new member of the family (and a toddler too) they needed to temporarily childproof the gaps and railings.  

They came to me with detailed drawings and sizes and we cut them all to size.  Then they drilled the mounting holes when at home to make sure they worked and secured it all with screws or zip ties.  I think it looks awesome, or rather it looks like nothing (It took me about half an hour before I noticed it - and I am much more sensitive to clear plastic than most!).

We do similar less elaborate projects all the time for builders that need to meet code on custom railings (no more than a 4" gap) but where the owners may want to remove it later for aesthetics (nudge nudge wink wink).

We did a similar thing at our last house, unfortunately this is the only picture I can find.  We did this style of doors and some bookshelves.  The acrylic goes up about halfway and it is just held in by some little nails on the edges.

<![CDATA[Greenhouse redo]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:15:15 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/greenhouse-redoPicture
So in this project we got a used greenhouse from a neighbour and friend that had just moved and did not need it..  It was old, slimy and with lots of broken glass....

But of course the glass was not an issue as we used new acrylic (plexiglas) panels where needed.  In the end it took some elbow grease and over a sheet of new material but we have a lovely little greenhouse!

Now it just needs a little work on the door rail, but if you see the shower post below you already know how I'll deal with that one.

<![CDATA[Spice Rack]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:22:31 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/spice-rackPicture
Opps, I thought the greenhouse would be next but I forgot about some other projects I've done.  

This one is a spice rack that my wife designed.  She wanted to be able to see all of her spices on the counter so she would use them more often. 

Something like this would be about $60-70 retail. 

<![CDATA[Signage]]>Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:47:21 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/signagePicture
At Plasticworks, we do a lot of sub contracting to the sign industry.   We CNC cut, polish, trim and do lots of jobs for sign contractors.  Generally we do not do a sign from start to finish or for direct customers.  The rule of thumb is if you know what you need and have all the artwork done, we can help. 

The exception is our own signs.  We generally do that so we can 1) get some experience and see jobs through our customers eyes 2) we're kind of do it yourselfer's 3) when you deal with dozens of sign companies who would you chose?

So this is our Abbotsford sign.  Its 1/4" yellow acrylic with pockets routed into the face that matched up to black trim and letters.  The black letters are then slightly raised.   The whole thing was then mounted with screws and some standoffs on the wall (it is 2 pieces).  

What can we do for you?

<![CDATA[Over the fridge storage.]]>Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:10:44 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/over-the-fridge-storagePicture
Well it seems I lost the before and after pictures for this one but here is a great solution for those messy deep cupboards above fridges.  We made this one for our new house after making a similar one for our old house (which we left behind).  It works great for rack and pans though it would have been nice if the cupboard itself was a bit higher to fit the cookie sheets but otherwide it worked great.  

Also in this post is a custom draw 'organizer' - really its still messy but things get less tangled and at least point all in the same direction.  Should have used a bit thicker acrylic though as 1 divider did break after about a year.

<![CDATA[Large Orders]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:27:58 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/large-ordersPicture
This is a summary shot of a large order we did at the Abby shop.  5000pcs for a customer of the piece in the foreground which is the 2 pallets in the background.  Took about 10days, custom packed per the customers spec's.

So yes we do large custom fab orders at very competitive prices.  What can we do for you?

<![CDATA[More around the house.]]>Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:16:32 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/more-around-the-housePicture
Another few house projects on the go.  In this one I took some old pine shelves that had never been painted in a bathroom nook (for lack of a better word) and changed them to all acrylic.  

The nook was pretty dim so I thought a shelf that would let some light through (if it wasn't full) would help and of course the look is much more appealing than old dirty pine.

Next up is some pictures of the greenhouse renovation/restoration!

<![CDATA[New Website]]>Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:04:14 GMThttp://plasticworks.ca/grahams-blog/new-websiteOk, it was time for a new website since we’ve moved away from the online store for sheet plastics. We hope you like the new site and please let us know if you see any errors or need any information that was on our previous site.