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Old 04-12-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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I purchased acrylic flourescent lens covers from Home Depot however, they don't fit and will need to be cut. How do I cut them ?

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Not easily. I've tried, and have had limited success: taping them and cutting them w/ a plywood saw blade (oodles of small teeth); have tried scoring them w/ a sharp utility knife, then snapping them; have had some success filing the &^%($ing things. If I ever have to shorten another one of those brittle and weak objects, I think I will heat a thin piece of iron w/ my torch and melt my way through. I hope someone posts something that works.

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Ossilating saw would cut it without melting it or cracking it.
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joe: ok. will try that next time. thanks.
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Use 'Scoring Knife Blades' in your Utility knife.

Works great for me.

http://www.stanleytools.com/default....ng+Knife+Blade
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bob: cool. another vote for switch blades. i'll try one of these muthas. my "typical" utility knife was not giving consistent breaks, but maybe that was my technique: swearing and being in a hurry.
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I put some heavy cardboard on the floor first.
Use some kind of a strait edge.
Cut slightly less than perfect. It's hell trying to trim off an eighth inch.
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I happen to have a fine tooth flush trim pull saw. Does a nice job but a bit slower. Band saw works well if you have enough throat capacity. Nix on a jig saw, reciprocating action just tears it up.... don't ask how I know that
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zip disc (or any thin disc) in a grinder
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I purchased acrylic flourescent lens covers from Home Depot however, they don't fit and will need to be cut. How do I cut them ?
These are 24"x 48" panels that come in a pack of five, so at ~$10 each the OP wants to cut them to size with as little fuss as possible.
His Acrylic panels are most likely similar to thes:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
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I always flip the blade on my tablesaw and cut away. Works like a charm.
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These are 24"x 48" panels that come in a pack of five, so at ~$10 each the OP wants to cut them to size with as little fuss as possible.
His Acrylic panels are most likely similar to thes:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
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Ooops, I thought you were talking about the eggcrate style. I cut it like regular acrylic. Most will disagree but I have the best luck just scoring it on the table saw. Usually score one side, flip and score the other. If it already hasn't seperated it will just snap with a clean edge on both pieces. You do need to watch it doesn't climb the blade on you which means applying pressure pretty close to the cut line. I usually use a push shoe for that.
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Dremel?
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Ace Hardware cuts 'em for ya when you buy 'em. If they screw up, they give you another. 25 cents per cut here. They score and snap with a stanley knife like the link above.
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Being an electrician I've had to do this before. I have the best success using a Dremmel on low speed (15,000 rpm) using a standard or diamond cutter. You just need a steady hand.

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