65. A word of advice: Always take the proper precautions when cutting plastic. Secure the plastic safely to the work surface with a clamp. Jigsaws are best when they are allowed to go at their own speed. Straight cuts can be performed by using a circular saw. Squeeze the trigger, so the blade is moving before you touch it to the plastic. Secure the sheet of plastic to your workstation with a vice to ensure it won’t shift during cutting, and wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from stray pieces of acrylic or polycarbonate. 1. Find Plastic Cutting Blade Products. Use blades designed specifically to cut plastic, which are often packaged as “No Melt” blades. You’ll want the score line to go almost halfway through the plastic. Then, resume cutting from a new angle. Circular Saw Blades - For Cutting Sheet Plastic Without Chipping Or Melting. You can easily cut thin plastic sheets less than 1/16 inch (.063) thick with a utility knife. Secure the plastic in place with a clamp. However, if you are intended to cut acrylic into a nonlinear fashion, then jigsaw is the right option for you. Great prices. 4.8 out of 5 stars 15. Curved cuts are made using either a vertical band saw or a hand-held jigsaw. For one, some types of plastic melt during the cutting process, unless you take proper precautions. Secure the sheet to a large work surface with a clamp. This will leave 4 triangles. Ideally, you will use a sharp blade specified for use with plastics. It is a small handheld tool that can cut the sheet with straight blade by function up and down in fast motion. ABS/PVC is damn nice to work with, it's also much more expensive when you can buy a cheap HDPE cutting board for a buck or two. The ABS fused back together as soon as the blade passed through the material. Plastic is trickier to handle for multiple reasons. Ideally, the teeth of the blade should be evenly spaced, of uniform height and shape, and spaced close together. Scissor-style plastic pipe cutters should only be used for 1" or smaller sizes of PVC. Copyright © 2021 Acton Media Inc. All rights reserved. Wrap the strip around the pipe and mark the pipe all the way round. If you get stuck at an odd angle, pull the jigsaw back out the way it came, and reorient the acrylic sheet. Mark your desired cut line using a straight edge, then score the sheet of plastic with the utility knife, making several passes until you achieve a deep groove. Any saw that cuts curves in wood will also cut rigid plastic, including a band saw, jigsaw, reciprocating saw or scroll saw. Flip over the sheet and repeat the scoring process on the opposite side, along the same cut line. To stop the bad vibrations simply press on the cut part behind the saw with your had - gloves highly recommended! Dry the surface of the HDPE plastic with a dry rag after you have completed the cut with the jigsaw. You can cut the molding in the miter box by inserting a miter saw through the angled slit in the box, or you can remove it and cut along the line with the circular saw at the needed angle. Cut Plastic Pipe Cutting long lengths of PVC or ABS pipe to length with a power miter saw or even a handsaw is easy and efficient. Get it as soon as Tue, Jan 12. Other materials that can be cut using your jigsaw are plastic, ceramic tile, particleboard, or plywood. With a very sharp knife (I use a box cutter) and a ruler, carefully make an incision along the edges of the rectangle, using the holes on the corners as a guide. By Bob Vila. Ratchet-Style Pipe Cutter The ratcheting-style pipe cutter is slightly more expensive than the scissor style pipe cutter; however, you can do larger pieces of PVC with less effort (up to 1-1/2" pipe in some cases) with these types of PVC cutters. 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