Once I had the panel in place, I was ready to glue. To glue the box
together, I am using IPS Weld-On 3 acrylic cement with a syringe and 16ga
You can buy bottles with needles specially designed for gluing acrylic, but
this works just as well. The most important thing to remember while gluing
is that less is more. It doesn't take very much of this stuff to
make a very strong bond. If you use too much the time it takes to cure
will be much longer and the joint won't be as strong.
To apply the cement just run the needle down the edge of the two
panels while slowly applying a small amount. Remember not to use too
much. Capillary action will draw the cement in between the two
panels. If cement starts pooling up outside of the seam, then you have
used way too much. If you have done it right, all the cement on the
outside should disappear and you should see the seam become transparent.
This should seem self evident to most people, particularly anyone
that has ever worked with a syringe, but put the cap back on the needle anytime
you are not actually using it. Do not, under any circumstances,
set the syringe down without putting the cap on first. I don't
know what injecting yourself with this stuff will do, but I can't imagine it
being anything good.
With the back in place, I was ready to move on to the side
panels. Since I was only able to get bronzed acrylic in 1/8" sheets, I had
to glue two sheets together to make one panel. I decided to glue them in
separately, but in hindsight, it might have been better to glue them together
first, and then glue the completed panel in last. At any rate, I put them
in separately, starting with the panel on the outside.