Plexi Glass shadow box for Totem Pole

Jim Miller

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Superior is a very good west-coast source for acrylic boxes. However, Showcase Acrylics/Gemini Moulding in Chicago is also a good source, and closer to you.
Shipping is always an issue for acric boxes, especially for a big one.
 

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could always make it yourself. Most large hardware stores sell sheets of acrylic that they will cut to size for you, then use acetate or is it acetone to join the edges.
and you would save a bundle on shipping and most likely increase your profit.
 

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Man, I'd be careful taking that last bit of advice. That is exactly like people telling us they can make the frame themselves, it is after all, just 4 sticks of wood and some glue, right. I had to repair an inside corner on a box I got in because I didn't have time to get a new one in. I purchased the adhesive(Weld-on)and applicator. What a big freaking mess. Just had to use it in like a 4 inch area. The people at the plastics place demonstrated with 2 pieces of acrylic and showed where to apply the glue and I still didn't do a very swift job. Can't imagine building one for a 5 foot tall totem pole.....and I consider myself capable.
 

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Sorry Stitch, I didn't notice that was your first post. Sorry to disagree with you your first time at bat.....but, Welcome to the Grumble!
 

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Thanks Stitch for your FIRST EVER post on the Grumble! I've only posted 20 times in the last 6 years, but read and learn from all the others often. I thought about making the box myself, but I'm too busy and don't think I could do it justice. I've emailed Superior Acrylics. Hopefully they can whip one up for me. Our tourist season is about ready to start so we're bracing for over a million visitors between May and Sept. We have about 14,000 permanent residents. Again, thanks for posting...be brave and try it again sometime. The Grumble is a real Gold Mine of information and encouragement!
 

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Colleen,
Curious. How is this totem pole going to be displayed?
The reason I asked is that something of this nature would normally be part of an installation and the use of acrylic might not be necessary. If it were to be hung on the wall, I could see the need, but if it is going to be sitting on a pedestal or incorporated into a pilaster style display, the use of plate glass would certainly be less expensive and a lot less maintenance.
I'm working with the assumption that the totem is carved from a spruce log and it, being 5 feet long, and 12 to 16 inches in diameter is pretty heavy to start with. The additional weight of glass would not be as much of an issue if the display were to be floor mounted.

Kathy, I never did have the chance to congratulate you on the Grum-bel Peace Prize. :rolleyes: Now quit scaring off the newbies.
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I'm just excited to see a post from Hawaii and one from Alaska on the same thread.

(And quietly curious about how Jim figures Chicago is closer to Alaska than Riverside, CA is.)
 

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Originally posted by wpfay:
Kathy, I never did have the chance to congratulate you on the Grum-bel Peace Prize. :rolleyes: Now quit scaring off the newbies.
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Thanks for your congratulations Wally. I didn't intend on scaring the newbie off on his or her first post. In fact, I also won the "most likey to welcome new Grumblers" category also. I'm not sure how it all happened, I am trying to live up to it but find myself very conflicted.
 

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The totem pole is an antique pole about 48" high, and it has belonged to the Forest Service for the last 40 years. They've had it hanging on the wall supported by a single nail, and think it should be encased, but still want it hanging on the wall. Framing Halibut Hooks and Wolf Head mittens were a breeze compared to this one! I'm using plexi because I don't want to do it again when the glass breaks!

The Grumble is so cool! Thanks for the help.
 

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Colleen:

I am glad this is not the same totem pole I saw in a little square in Ketchikan a couple of years ago - that thing was huge!

Anyway, maybe you can put it in a frame and use a deep plexi cover for it (instead of an all-plexi frame)?
Look at this thread for dieas with plexi:
Plexi ideas

By the way, I envy you on the alder-wood smoked salmon, and the Misty Fjords!
 

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Originally posted by Ron Eggers:
I'm just excited to see a post from Hawaii and one from Alaska on the same thread.

(And quietly curious about how Jim figures Chicago is closer to Alaska than Riverside, CA is.)
Gemini is just a lot closer to his pocket...

Personally I wasn't the least bit impressed with the bubbles in their joins... If that is how they are going to do seams for National exposure.. what the heck are they going to ship me?

I also wasn't impressed by the fact that it was only after about 10 minutes that they even noticed that I was in their booth... of course.. football betting always DOES take presidence over answering questions for potential customers.
 

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Gemini/Showcase IS a lot closer to Appleton, WI than Superior Acrylics and I've used them a number of times. I've always been happy, but maybe I'm just easy to please. Ya think?

Lois does offer a unique and impressive product, though.

I've built a couple of acrylic boxes and it's not an exercise for the faint-of-heart. My last one ended up as a playpen for Sarah's gerbils.
 

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I only know of one other company that attempted to do the V-groove and slump method that Cadillac Plastics came up with.... I think they gave up after about a year of frustration and filed BK.
 
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