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Cutting Acrylic Sheets
« on: July 28, 2018, 11:06:47 pm »
This is not technically woodworking, but I think this is the place for this post.

I cut down acrylic sheets for a bunch of different projects I do. This is the best way I have found so far.

I use my table saw.
I use a blade with the most teeth I can find and I mount it backwards.
Run the sheet fast enough not to melt the acrylic, but don't force it. You don't want the sheet to ride up the blade.

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Anyone else cut down acrylic sheets? Have a better method? I would like to hear it. I guess they make table saw blades specifically for cutting acrylic. Has anyone used one of those?


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Re: Cutting Acrylic Sheets
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2018, 11:54:22 pm »
I normally just score and crack/fold it. It can come out clean if you’ve scored it well enough. But sometimes it produces deviations.
Wish I had a table saw, or any woodworking tools for that matter. I sold off all my tools when I moved to the States.


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Re: Cutting Acrylic Sheets
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2018, 10:51:42 pm »
I'll just use my regular blade... does have a rather high tooth count because i do maily laminates and whatnot. it does plastic fairly decently

they do make a specific plastic blade...

it's basically ground thinner in the middle after the teeth so you aren't dragging the sides through the material and melting it. it's a PITA to change blades for one thing so unless I have a pile of things i need to cut, i don't even bother.


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Re: Cutting Acrylic Sheets
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2018, 11:05:29 pm »
I do the score and crack method at times, but I also regularly use a router to cut.


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Re: Cutting Acrylic Sheets
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2018, 09:19:08 pm »
Table saw with a regular blade, just take it slow.
I have also clamped it to a straight edged piece of mdf  and used a router trim bit. That works pretty good too.


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Re: Cutting Acrylic Sheets
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2019, 02:42:38 pm »
Late reply, I know but hey, maybe it'll be useful to someone down the line.  I cut 1/8" acrylic with a flush trim bit on a router.  I put it on a low speed, mounted a straight edge on top of where I wanted to cut and let it rip.  Made an epic mess with the shavings as they came off with a static charge and stuck to everything, but the cut was straight and smooth.