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Can I cut plexiglass with a jigsaw?

Can I cut plexiglass with a jigsaw?

For thicker sheets of plexiglass, cut with a power saw—be it a circular saw, saber saw, or table saw. (To cut anything but a straight line, opt for a jigsaw.) There are special blades designed expressly for acrylic, but any metal-cutting blade with carbide tips can do the trick.

How do you cut plexiglass without cracking it?

Tips to Avoid Cracking or Breaking Plexiglass as You Cut

  1. Keep the plastic film on. As mentioned above, plexiglass usually comes with a thin layer of plastic film intended to prevent scratches as the material travels from manufacturer to retailer to your workshop.
  2. Score deep.
  3. Use the right blade.
  4. Keep the blade cool.

How do you drill through plexiglass without cracking it?

Use a lubricant or liquid. Water or a water soluble oil works well. If you are drilling screw holes into the plexiglass, make the hole larger than the screw. This prevents the screw from forcefully grabbing the plexiglass and it gives the screw room to expand.

How do you cut a clear acrylic sheet?

Take the acrylic out of the clamps. Rotate the piece so that the cut line is on the edge of the work surface. Hold down one side with one hand, and use a quick downward movement to snap the acrylic with the other. It should break cleanly along the cut line.

Is plexiglass easy to cut?

Easier to cut than glass or wood, plexiglass still requires some safety measures before you begin to cut the sturdy sheets. Plexiglass may appear dull, but the edges can get sharp, particularly if they are freshly cut.

What to cut plexiglass with?

A good choice for cutting plexiglass with a jigsaw is a 10 TPI (teeth per inch) bi-metal jigsaw blade. Another recommended choice is a really sharp hollow ground wood blade. Avoid very fine metal blades, as they can clog while cutting, melting the plastic in the plexi.