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Old 27-06-2008, 01:39 AM
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Well the Mrs and I have been looking into building a viv to fit in an alcove next to my comp, plans are drawn, just need the wood to start. Went to three hardware shops, and depending on you measurements all the different wood has different depths. The size that we had planned for was a 15mm depth which we thought would be a standard size in all of the wood, but guess what i was wrong MDF goes from a 12mm to a 18mm so that went out of the window. The wood may be cheaper but you have to take into consideration that the mdf needs to be sealed, painted then varnished. So i am building it out of conti board. But it is going to be £20 per sheet which is only 2400mm by 600mm by 15mm then edging strips $1.19 per 2.5m This was the cheapest price at wickes then it was b&q then homebase.
how much do they charge for cutting??
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I have just built my own viv, will post pics later. B&Q say the first 4 cuts are free and then any extras are 50p each. I needed about 6 or 7 cuts but they didn't charge me anything.
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how much do they charge for cutting??
B+Q don't charge for the first 2 cuts per sheet. Then 50p per cut I think.
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If anyone wants to know how to make vivs, any size or shape just ask me and i will help you out as much as i can.
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sorry to hijack thread but im currently designing my viv for 2 leo's. i've looked at the link and i dont really want screwheads on the faces of my viv, is there an alternative way of fastening all the pieces together, that wont look like a pin cushion?
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sorry to hijack thread but im currently designing my viv for 2 leo's. i've looked at the link and i dont really want screwheads on the faces of my viv, is there an alternative way of fastening all the pieces together, that wont look like a pin cushion?
I Biscuit all my joints, or you can dowel them.
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sorry to hijack thread but im currently designing my viv for 2 leo's. i've looked at the link and i dont really want screwheads on the faces of my viv, is there an alternative way of fastening all the pieces together, that wont look like a pin cushion?
hi Trevor
so my viv is double skinned we used brackets adn dowels to fix together and there is nothing on show we hid some of the joints not able to cover with a edging strip that looks like scales it looks really cool
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im using MDF for mine as i have some lying around but im scared of splitting it. i dont have much spare money for the viv itself so i cant buy different wood before any one suggests. i was thinking of using dowel then putting wood glue along the edge aswell as the dowels. any thoughts.

p.s the MDF is 1 inch thick.
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Hi Matty,

MDF is ok but i would try to line it after with some marine ply on the bottom.
seal it around the edges with aquarium sealer after to make sure water does not get through.

If MDF gets wet it swells and will distort the viv.

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Best thing to do is predrill all holes and then seal it and seal it again with a safe varnish. Make sure you air it out for a few weeks afterwards tho
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