Need tips on cutting acrylic


#1

I have a power jigsaw…can I use that to cut acrylic w/o breaking it?

As for drilling, what type of bit should I use? thanks


#2

I used a Jigsaw a long time ago and can’t really remember the results… I think it was usable though.

Get yourself an acrylic knife though… has a handle and looks like it has a sharp hook on the other end. Don’t waste your time with an xacto knife either… just cracks the stuff and makes the ends look like shit.

I cut it with hole saws though… works well. Practice on a scrap sheet though, took a couple trys for me to get it.


#3

Wouldn’t a jigsaw most surely crack it? If you plan on cutting straight line, scoring and breaking i’ve found yielded the best results, its also easier and much less messier than a jigsaw.


#4

Most people use a router with a guide to get a perfectly straight clean cut.


#5

My brother used a table saw to cut my plexi. Worked just fine, but I guess it is a bit different.


#6

The cutting tool they sell for cutting sucks, you have to score it several hundred times before it’s scored enough to break.

Fine tooth table saw may work. For me I just bought a peice of plexi about the size I wanted and built my box around it; easiest way to go about it.

Other options is to goto a plastic store and have them cut one for you.


#7

I used a table saw.

On the first cut, it jumped and caught itself on a screw or something that took a little gouge out of it. Luckily, it was right where one of my button holes will be.

On the 2nd cut, I taped it to a spare MDF board and also taped the line where it was to be cut.

Worked beautifully.