Learn how to cut plexiglass perfectly every time with these tips and tricks. No more jagged edges or crooked lines!
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In this Article:
Using a scoring tool
Cutting along the score line
Finishing the cut
Plexiglass is a material that is commonly used in a variety of applications because it is strong, durable and easy to work with. It can be used in everything from picture frames to aquariums. If you need to cut plexiglass, there are a few things that you need to do in order to ensure that you get a perfect cut every time.
Tools You Will Need
If you’re working with plexiglass, you need to be extra careful not to crack or chip it. To get a clean cut, you will need to use a circular saw with a fine-tooth blade designed for cutting plastic. You will also need clamps to hold the plexiglass in place while you’re cutting it.
1. Set up your work area. Make sure you have a flat, level surface to work on. Cover your surface with a sheet of plywood or something similar to protect it from the saw blade.
2. Measure and mark your plexiglass. Use a tape measure and permanent marker to measure and mark the spot where you will be making your cut.
3. Set up your saw. Put on your safety goggles and attach the plastic-cutting blade to your saw.
4. Clamp the plexiglass in place. Put clamps on either side of the area where you will be making your cut, so that the plexiglass is held securely in place.
5. Cut the plexiglass carefully. Slowly guide the saw through the plexiglass, following your marked line as closely as possible. Be extra careful not to crack or chip the edges of the plexiglass as you’re cutting it.
6. Sand any rough edges
The Right Way to Measure and Mark Plexiglass
Plexiglass is a clear, durable plastic sheet that comes in a variety of thicknesses. It can be used for windowpanes, signs, or any other purpose where you need a clear, strong piece of material.
Cutting plexiglass is different from cutting other types of materials because it can easily crack or shatter if not done correctly. In addition, plexiglass is see-through, so it can be difficult to measure and mark accurately.
Here are some tips on how to measure and mark plexiglass so you can cut it perfectly every time.
1. Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the length and width of the piece of plexiglass you need. Mark these dimensions on the sheet with a pencil.
2. Place the sheet of plexiglass on a flat surface such as a table or workbench. Use a straight edge to draw a line along your marks. A T-square or carpenter’s square works well for this purpose.
3. Place the straight edge on the line you just drew and score the plexiglass along the edge with a sharp knife. scoring is simply making a shallow cut in the material; do not try to cut all the way through.
4. Place the scored line over the edge of the table or workbench and snap the plexiglass along the line. If it does not snap easily, go back and score the line more deeply.
5. Use a fine-toothed saw to cut along any jagged edges left after snapping off the excess material.”
Cutting the Plexiglass
Now that you have all of your materials, it’s time to start cutting the plexiglass. You will want to use a sharp utility knife or a scoring tool designed for cutting plexiglass. A scoring tool will give you a cleaner, straighter cut than a utility knife.
Start by measuring and marking the plexiglass where you want to make your cut. Use a straight edge to draw a line along the entire length of your cut. If you are using a scoring tool, place the blade on the line and score the plexiglass along the entire length of the line. If you are using a utility knife, hold it at a 90-degree angle to the plexiglass and make shallow cuts along the entire length of the line.
Once you have scored or cut the plexiglass, place it on a flat surface with the side that will be discarded face down. Place one hand on each side of the scored line and apply pressure until the plexiglass snaps along the line. If your cut is not straight or clean, you can use a file or sandpaper to smooth it out.
Finishing the Edge
Finishing the Edge
If you want a really clean, professional looking edge on your plexiglass, you’re going to have to do a little bit of work. Fortunately, it’s not difficult work, and the results are definitely worth it.
1. Use a fine tooth blade in your saw – the finer the teeth, the less likely you are to have chips or breaks in your material.
2. When you’re making your cut, try to keep the blade as perpendicular to the material as possible. This will give you a cleaner cut.
3. Use a light touch – don’t force the blade through the plexiglass, let it do the work.
4. If you can, use a guide of some sort – whether it’s a straight edge clamped down or just a line drawn on the plexiglass itself. This will help you keep your cut nice and straight.
5. Once you’ve made your cut, use a fine grit sandpaper (400 or 600 grit) to go over the edge of the plexiglass on both sides. This will remove any burrs or roughness and leave you with a smooth, professional looking edge.