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Four Common Ways to Cut Acrylic, Plexiglass and Lucite



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we're going to show you the four most

common ways to cut acrylic commonly

known as plexiglass lucite perspex and

aquiline when scoring use a straightedge

you can use the same straightedge to

guide your blade when you do the scoring

procedure when scoring the material hold

the blade at an angle to get you the

best desired result it will take

multiple passes to get a deeper score

line with thicker material

break material on the score line

second step would be to use a scroll saw

saber saw or jigsaw as you can see it is

a fine-tooth blade which is best for

cutting acrylic you can use a template

to trace make a line or use a

straightedge depending on what you're

going to do always make sure you clamp

your product down to a table for

security and also keep your hands away

from the blade at all times

the third we will show you how to cut

acrylic is the bandsaw the bandsaw is

ideal for cutting out curved shapes make

sure you always adjust the blade about a

quarter inch above the substrate that

you're cutting depending on the

thickness that you've chosen try to keep

a steady pace while cutting on the

bandsaw the fourth and most common way

to cut acrylic is done on the table saw

the tables all provides a very clean and

precise cut you can always adjust the

blade to a height just above the

material thickness that you've chosen

make sure to keep hands firmly on either

side of the material

for best results use an 80 tooth carbide

tip triple chip blade guide the material

through the saw holding firmly onto both

sides

most table saws are equipped with

sliding teeth this tool can be used when

trying to cut long thin pieces like you

see here

these sliding tees are also adjustable

to be able to cut angles if desired