Have a 1/16 thick piece of regular plexiglass (not a polycarbonate type)
To cut this stuff, will scoring it first and breaking over a sharp edge work
If so, exactly how to do, please ?
How about with a table saw ?
You need to control the speed carefully to avoid chipping.
A small (1/4") router just doesn't work well.
www.cyro.com has some good application notes, but they don't answer many
of the critical questions.
There are special blades made for cutting this stuff with a jig saw, table saw
or bandsaw. Bandsaw is really the best way, with jig saw being second. The
proper blade for a table saw is about $150. A dremel or roto-zip type tool with
a 1/8" drill bit will also do the job. but is much harder to get a straight cut.
These folks are very good to deal with and they have always given me good
On Sun, 3 Dec 2006 14:00:04 -0500, Robert11 wrote:
We cut a lot of plexiglass here in our store in Alaska-thousands of square
feet per year-using the score and break method and also a circular blade
For 1/16", your scoring and breaking suggestion is the best. You can get a
scoring tool at many hardware stores, but in a pinch, a utility knife will
do. Make sure you score it several times.
Table saws with a fine-tooth blade work are good for 1/8 & 1/4 inch
material, but probably not so good for 1/16 inch.
People are making this too complicated. You don't need $150.00 saw blades.
Use a jig or band saw if you want to cut curves. Otherwise, get one of
Use a straight edge when scoring the plexiglass. Then put the plexiglass
scored side up on the table with the sharp edge you mentioned.
Line up the score with the edge of the table. I'm sure you knew this, but
I'm mentioning it for the other people.
Take a little hammer and tap along the score until it starts to crack. Then
just push down to break the plexiglass all of the way.
If the plexiglass has protective paper or plastic on it's surface, leave it
on until you are done.
Score and snap is the way to go for a newbie. Blade with a hooked
caribide tip are the best and are found next to the tiles. Bandsaw is
the way if you have a lot to do. I was involved in another post on
this topic in which 33 people responded. Here is a link to it:
Years ago I replaced motorcycle windshields several times by cutting
trapezoids from rectangles of 1/8" plexiglass. I'd cut three sides,
round the upper corners, and heat the piece in the oven for bending into
Each piece required several feet of cutting. A hacksaw blade gripped
with a rag was accurate, safe for the material, and fairly fast. The
material came with paper stuck to both sides. The paper prevented
scratching and let me draw sawing lines. It may also have prevented
I might support 1/16" material on two boards with a gap for my saw.
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