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Very basic level
on 1 November 2010
I have bought a few composite 'kits' and made a few small objects from Carbon. But I wanted to go further and needed some advice. This book did not help unfortunately.
With the internet swollen with videos and other bits of information, I found this book a bit redundant as I had seen it all before. It really if very basic, and anyone with any kind of basic workshop skills will feel the same.
The health and safety part is common sense - wear a mask when sanding, and don't get the fibres on your skin.
The 'finishing a part' is very basic - sanding the edges to make them smooth. Use a hacksaw to cut. Benefits of air tools over hand tools etc etc.
The 'Demoulding' section was agonising - dont use metal because it will damage the mould. Be patient when removing the part etc
The workshop part is also so dry and unhelpful - "make sure you have enough space to work", we are told. Thanks!
The pictures move painfully slowly.
The book is useful if you intend on making exactly the same items as him, and the mouldless part was interesting but not very useful for most. Some information regarding compatibility of foams and resins was useful.
This book totally misses any form of vacuum bagging, or resin infusion. It also misses using core materials to add strength or bulk - all of which I was looking for. It also doesn't investigate other forms of moulds, or even making split moulds and edging.
If you are getting into Composites, I would buy one of the starter kits available and watch some of the many video tutorials on youtube. You will learn alot more.
I am hoping another book can help me.