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Aug-09-2006 @ 11:50 PM                           Permalink
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We are now at the stage of fitting out our shower compartment. The shower tray area is of an odd shape (Arne't they all?) 300mm Fwd, 500mm Aft, 760mm long.
Question - where do I get a shower tray of those dimensions or close to them? if I have to manufacture  a shower tray myself - no problem - (He says!!) How the hell do I do that then??.
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It's actually quite easy to make simple shapes like that Griff.

As the shiny surface of the finished tray is the inside surface of the box (viewed from above), there's no need for female and male moulds, as with boat hulls.

You just need to make one wooden 'plug' of the correct size, with nicely rounded corners and a slight taper (for easier removal). It can be a complete lash up of wood and filler, as it will only be used once and just needs to have a perfectly smooth surface. Don't forget to allow for the 'fall' to the plughole, and you can even incorporate some smooth shallow grooves to create the non-slip ridges.

You then coat that with release agent, then the gelcoat of your selected colour choice (white ?), then the layup of chopped strand mat and resin. No need for expensive epoxies, normal polyester resin is what is required for this type of project.

I used this company in Northamptonshire for the materials for my last project. There are many other glassfibre material suppliers around, but you have to be careful to not buy the bits and pieces in the small quantities that most places seem to stock, or you could pay way over the odds...

http://www.trylon.co.uk/products.asp?cid=10&sid=33


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When we was looking a few years ago ,saw one boat where the owner had turned the whole of the floor into one big shower tray by fibreglassing it all ,putting a gentle slope to a drain ,not sure if he added colour to the resin or painted it later but it did look good ,he called it his non slip wet room,something i would fancy doing myself one day

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We have changed our shower tray and we went to a caravan shop ,they have some small trays there.We have been very pleased with it.
Good hunting Sue W

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Hi there Paul, Finny and Suew,
Thanks for your replies. I have now decided the way ahead. I also spoke to our overseer - John Williams at Stalham. I am (Amongst a few other things) a qualified Wall and Floor tiler, so I am going to fabricate a shower tray out of 18mm plywood and then mosaic tile it using highly flexible adhesive / grout. This way if can fabricate the whole job lot - in Shed - as it were and I am wholly confident this will provide a tailor made shower tray 100% watertight. Thanks once again.

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Yes that one does work lols, we have just used a similar idea to instal a shower into a tight and awkwardly shaped corner in my daughters cottage.

My husband is a qualified joiner, so he just made a profile out of marine grade ply, which is more waterproof than the ordinary stuff, and bought some special non slip tiles that are normally used around swimming pools and formed a shower tray to fit the gap exactly, now with the rest of the walls tiled as usual, it looks great!  Smile

dont forget to put a slight tilt towards the plughole though, or you could end up bailing it out every time!


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