So I have a plan for a 2m long 15cm deep shelf I want to make with a recess for an LED strip, and a little pocket for a USB charger, made from white melamine faced birch ply. This stuff:
I’ve asked a few CNC places for quotes, and it’s a bit excessively expensive and they have a minimum order of 5 sheets. I’m not going to one entire sheet with this project, so there’s potentially a fair bit of waste. If I forgo the complicated pocket thingy, it’d probably be feasible to make with a table saw or router to cut the recess, but still I have most of a sheet left over.
Two possibilities I think are realistic:
- Would anyone be up for doing some kind of a group CNC order (not dissimilar to a PCB pooling service like OSHpark). Happy to do the pannelization myself. Obviously it’d all have to be out of the same material and I’d need to take money upfront.
- Alternatively, if I were to get a 2400x1200 sheet of 18mm melamine faced birch ply, would anyone like to buy the remainder of the sheet from me (which will be most of the sheet) (and also I’d need to ask a favour of someone who can use the table saw )
Plus one not-really possibility, is that I make loads of the things and try and sell them to recoup the costs! Not sure there’s much of a market for such things…