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cutting plexiglass

Discussion in 'HH General Discussion' started by schlegelbagel, Jul 20, 2007.

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  1. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    So I'm thinking ahead to a 75 gallon vertical conversion. When I was making the lid to my current tank, the plexi was very hard to cut. We were using a dremel and I think I went through about 4 disks for a very small amount of plexiglass. Thin glass too.

    So for a vertical conversion, I want to have a plexiglass door so I will have to custom cut this down to size. What's the best tool to use? Or should I just try and find a place i can order a custom piece?
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    When I built my iguana cage I used a regular table saw to cut the sheets. As long as you don't rush it it works fine.
     
  3. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Table saw. I have one of those! Any special blade I need?
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I was using one that belonged to a friend and used whatever blade was on the saw at the time. He does woodwork so I assume it was just a regular wood cutting blade.

    You might cut oversize the first time to make sure there won't be any chipping.
     
  5. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Thanks for the tip. This won't happen right away. My hubby still needs a job first! Once the finances get straightened out again, building a big tank will be on my priority list.
     
  6. CodyW

    CodyW Elite Member

    You need a fine tooth blade for the table saw and you have to cut it fast so the friction doesn't melt the plexi and cause it to warp. A jigsaw works well too. With either saw you have to make sure to secure it well so it doesn't vibrate while your cutting it or it will crack.

    Easiest way I have ever found is a razor blade, a new one. Secure a guide and then run the razor blade through about 4 or 5 times (this is scoring) then snap the piece in two. They sell plexi glass cutters too, just a modified razor blade that sits at the correct angle for scoring, they work well but don't last very long.
     
  7. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    A local glass shop will cut your piece for a few bucks or a custom piece for a few bucks. Last 12x12 i got was 3.40. Cut to fit and stuff so it was cool.
     
  8. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Up here the big box hardware stores carry the plexi. I assume Lowes would as well . They will cut it to your size for a small fee. I would suggest sanding the corners round and polishing the edges. It will enable them to slide smoother.
     
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