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    « on: July 11, 2009, 01:31:59 PM »

    Hi All,
    So I got the plans delivered to my inbox THE SAME DAY I asked for them! Amazing Jeffery, thank you...

    So now I need to print the plans out - I elected to do it via the tiled method onto A4 (was A3 but the printer failed Sad). I used http://www.lucubration.com/open-source-projects/pdf-tile-printer.html which is an online converter. Works perfectly but does watermark the pages. Not a big deal for free!

    So I'm in the process now of sticking all the bits together to make the large plans. I will then cut out the shaps and glue-spray them onto the wood. This leads me to a question :

    What sizes of MDF sheets should I buy to be able to make all the shapes? I could work it out on cardboard but wondered if anyone has already got these sizes?

    I'll update after the weekend.

    I might well order the fasteners from Jeffery - anyone know how long delivery to the UK will take?
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    « Reply #1 on: July 11, 2009, 03:06:49 PM »

    Now thinking about the G25 shifter. I might make a fold over platform for it, so that it hinges upside down on the outside of the chasis, then when I am in place, I fold it over and lock into place...
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    « Reply #2 on: July 11, 2009, 04:42:15 PM »

    USPS Priority Mail® International is 6 - 10 days to the UK.

    The build guide has the dimensions for the MDF sheets.

    Also, use 18mm instead of 16mm for the Pedal Platform, Heal plate, Wheel Platform, and Seat Base/Back.  From what I understand 18mm is also easier to find.


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    « Reply #3 on: July 11, 2009, 08:19:00 PM »

    Smashing, thanks Jeffrey - I'll get a local supplier to cut me the wood to those sizes...

    I am fearful that my skills with a jigsaw will mean I end up with a "Homer Simpson-esq" pile of wasted wood. 
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    « Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009, 12:08:20 PM »

    Ok so getting the mdf cut to size is more of a pain than I thought. B&Q charge 50p a cut, and make you buy the full sheet! I contacted Travis Perkins who said they wont cut due to health and safty!?   

    Anyone in the UK got any advice? I don't really want to have to pay more than necessary.
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    « Reply #5 on: July 14, 2009, 04:23:03 PM »

    A full sheet of MDF is ~1220x2440mm, assuming a widebody version of the Mk2 a full sheet of 18mm cut 1220x528mm seat base/back, 1220x472mm pedal platform and heal plate, 1220x496mm for the wheel platform, (3 cuts), you'll have ~935x1220 18mm piece left over,

    A full sheet of 12mm cut (2) 1220x500 seat side, 1220x600 nose side,  (3 cuts), ~800x1220 piece left over.

    The rest of the cuts can be performed at home with a jigsaw.

    You only need a very small piece of 4mm MDF for the Quadrant Spacers, I have some Quadrant spacers already cut laying around I could include in the hardware kit for you.
    So 6 cuts total should only run you 3 GBP.  I'm guessing a full sheet of MDF will run you ~16 GBP.  So 35 GBP, plus 26 GBP for the hardware fasteners, and you up to ~ 61 GBP total.

    I've pulled the MSDS for MDF when I was perusing the possibility of having some Mk2's laser cut, the health and safety concerns are with the formaldehyde content of the resins in the MDF.  In my research of MDF produced in the USA the percent of formaldehyde in the MDF is well below the threshold set by OSHA.  In a well ventilated space, with a dust control vacuum it really isn't an issue.  More than likely someone at Travis Perkins made an uninformed decision.
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    « Reply #6 on: July 16, 2009, 11:44:32 AM »

    Thanks again Jeffrey. I contacted another hardware store (B&Q) and they can cut the wood to the sizes I need, but I will need to buy a sheet of each etc. So if I wand 1000x1000 and I but a 1500x1500 sheet, then I own the lot, I don't just pay for the 1000x1000.

    Anyway, thanks for the offer on the spacers! I am building the standard size version - I'm going to fit snug into it, and if/when I get fat I will simply widen it with spacers....

    I'll order the fixtures from you soon, ideally I'd like to start the build a week on Monday as I am off work smile
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    « Reply #7 on: July 16, 2009, 07:23:15 PM »

    Nightmare! I just measured a couple of parts I'd cut out from the plans I printed and they are well off the correct size. Width of wheel platform is about 6mm short and dpth is about 20mm short....What gives? I've tried several ways and all slightly different but none are correct. The width of the wheel platform should measure 446mm? Back to the drawing board Sad
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    « Reply #8 on: July 16, 2009, 10:54:40 PM »

    oh man, poo.
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    « Reply #9 on: July 17, 2009, 10:15:57 AM »

    oh man, poo.

    Sucks doesn't it....I'm going tp try again today....I want to build this thing! 
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    « Reply #10 on: July 17, 2009, 06:28:48 PM »

    Hmm, I assume your referring to the paper templates measurements being off.  I hadn't tried the http://www.lucubration.com/open-source-projects/pdf-tile-printer.html you provided earlier in this post and was suspecting this might be at fault.   But I just finished printing some sample tiles, and they measure spot on.

    Your entering 8.27 X 11.69 as the page size for A4 on the Lucubration site right?

    Also, when you print the tiles make sure Print Scaling is set to None.
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    « Reply #11 on: July 18, 2009, 12:02:32 PM »

    Thanks Jeffery, I did do all of the above. really weird isn't it!

    So I used Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro to tile print and guess what? They measure perfectly! So As I sent the 40 pages of A4 to the office printer, the printer blew up and died. A 6 month old £1k printer just died as we had a lightning storm outside. Someone somehere doesnt want me to build this Wink I will though smile
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    « Reply #12 on: July 18, 2009, 06:25:53 PM »

    @ Jeffrey - I just ordered the fixtures and fittings - this include the spacers you kindly offered to send too?

    Could you please confirm when these have been posted. The order should be seen as dispatch to "Harris" in the UK (Postcode XXX7 0AB) . Just so you know you got the right one.
    Please confirm smile
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    « Reply #13 on: July 18, 2009, 07:17:36 PM »

    I'll have to cut some spacers, I found I had used the ones I offered to you.  No problem though I'll have time tomorrow to get that done, and shipped to you on Monday.  I'll cut a few extras while I'm at it. 
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    « Reply #14 on: July 19, 2009, 01:10:12 PM »

    You are a star Jeffery smile Thanks.
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