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DIY Slates

Discussion in 'Making your own Gear' started by psiborg1812, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. psiborg1812

    psiborg1812 NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Arlington, Texas
    Hey guys, the folk i work for need a bunch of slates, but aren't too happy about paying for them. Are there common plastic materials that will do just as well as the ones from the scuba shops? Thanks in advance!
  2. lucca brassi

    lucca brassi Photographer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Kocevje , Slovenia , Europe

    plastic is ordinary plastics from waste water tubes - white (kitchen)
  3. herman

    herman Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh,North Carolina
    Thin wall PVC pipe works nicely. Cut a length of 4 or 6 inch pipe in half length ways. Place it between heavy, flat objects ( I use 2- 12inch tiles off the padio table and a brick). Put it in the oven at around 250 deg F for about an hour then turn the oven off, allowing it to cool undisturbed. The plastic can be sawed on a table saw.
  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    take em, drill a couple holes in them for thin bungee to hold a pencil and bolt snap. Use super glue and glue a $10 wally world compass on there and you're good to go.

    Opposite of what Herman said, you can take the thin wall PVC and stack it on top of itself for a wrist mounted slate
  5. fjpatrum

    fjpatrum Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: DC area
    I made one very similar to this the other day. I had all the parts as scraps from other projects so all it took was about an hour of my time.

    I used 2 inch PVC and put it in the oven at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes in order to soften it (after cutting it lengthwise to split it) and then formed it around a 4" pvc pipe. I used the 2" PVC because it's a little thinner than the 4".
  6. herman

    herman Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh,North Carolina
    The thin wall waste water pipe is around 1/2 the thickness of pressure pipe- around 1/16 inch.
  7. SoCalRich

    SoCalRich Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Inland So CAlif.
    Try a piece of PVC Fencing. it is already flat. worked for me. the compass is a nice touch. I think I will add one.

  8. noreastDIVER84

    noreastDIVER84 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New York, Long Island
    Azek or Versatex (Composite trim boards) scraps work great for slates. I have made a few out of 1/4" material, and I have also cut 3/4" boards in half as well. I can make them in any size or shape I want and If I want to curve them I can do that with a heat gun rather quickly.
  9. emoreira

    emoreira Dive Resort

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: ARGENTINA
    I've tried with the plastic from 20 liters paint cans. This type of plastic has a lot of unmolding compound to avoid the painting from sticking to the plastic wall, so a pencil also slip and makes writing underwater a nigthmare, even if you sand the writing surface.
    I've finaly made my slate with a piece of plastic from a broken plastic chair, the part where it's flat. This type of plastic works a lot better.
    The rest of the parts needed are scrapped things.

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  10. Bad Identity

    Bad Identity Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Europe - Czech Republic

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