Ok, as reported in the Playstation forum here, time to try my hand at making a vacuum forming table so I can hopefully make some quality cases!
I saw one available from the US which was about right, but would cost about Â£90 or so shipped; nah, I was going to make my own anyway! If I can build cabinets and desks for my home (as I have done) I have the skills to make this too - if it works well enough is a different question entirely. If I can make one, then anyone can make their own if they follow my guide!
This could end up being rather successful or a flop; either way, as is usual for my projects, I will provide a step-by-step guide on this thread, to making a table and the vacuum forming itself.
Just bought some materials:
* Sheet of fibreboard (like you use for picture framing), 3mm thick, 606mm x 1220mm. This should be all I need, if not, I just found a second sheet in the garage I could use. It should be strong enough as the table will not be very big.
* 2 x strips of pine strapwood, each are 2400mm long, 18mm x 10.5mm. These will make the frame for the styrene, the surround, joints and basic frame for the owen unit.
* two pieces of plumbing - one 90 degree piece and one short straight piece. This will ensure the vacuum suction is directed to the centre of the board for evenness.
Total cost of the above: just under Â£10 (about $19). Nice and affordable!
I have an old Dyson vacuum cleaner which doesn't work for the carpet anymore (so I replaced it a while back) but the tube extension works great, lots of suction. Using the Dyson is ideal as it is powerful and also, if it dies, doesn't matter - was only using it for jobs like vacuuming the car anyway!
I have enough tools and drills for the job, and a good quality staple gun too with 12mm stapes, power drill, saws, screws, glue gun, etc. To keep everything airtight, I have some silicone you use for the bathrooms and also "no more nails" to help too.
Out of time today, intend to work out all the measurements for everything tomorrow, so can make a start.