I have designed and made a simple card shoe for 5 decks that my parents wanted for a game they love to play, Hand and Foot Canasta.
They couldn’t find one they liked anywhere for purchase, enter The GlowForge.
They love using it, but it is very fragile and has broken where two pieces slot together. I made the slots tight enough that it doesn’t fall apart if you move it, but loose enough that you could still take it apart if you wanted to, so there shouldn’t have been too much pressure on the slots. They didn’t care for the draft board version…they like the acrylic much more.
I tried baking the whole thing in the oven at 180F for 3hours, then let it cool until the next morning. When I took it out of the oven, it had cracked at yet another slot joint.
Is there something I’m doing wrong? Is this stuff just that brittle and shouldn’t be used for projects that will get handled too much? Is there a better medium to use besides acrylic?
Thanks for the inpunt!
Edit - I am also using Weldon4 right now at all the slot joints to see if that helps with keeping the pieces from breaking