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Borrow a jigsaw for the larger holes, it does not have to be special, just spend a few bucks on the blade, a local hardware store should have blades for acrylic and plastics. You will need to buy a couple depending on how many large holes you are going to cut. As for straight lines you need a t-square and a scoring knife. Score your line, then break off the line. It helps to practice on thiner sheets first, just to get the hang of it. BTW make sure you have protection on both sides of the glass to keep from scratching it, a vinal sticker works great.
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im liking the hot butter knife idea, seriously. did you look at that guy's case?! it was SOOOOO NICE!!! i mean with a hot butter knife and drill thats awesome. and you wouldnt need to sand it down, and its cheap.


but yeah i guess i have to get real tools,

cries a lot, hopes the acrylic is salvageable (it is but its kinda cracked dunno how good/bad itll look)
    
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well i should have used the hot butter knife....

i mean XZOMG HOW DID YOU GET THAT TO WORK LOL SOLDERING IRON? TELL ME PLZ CAUSE THIS ISNT WORKING

i just about ruined teh panel trying to cut it with a hacksaw...two hours 3 inches then tried going faster...crack one. then stopped, tried drilling...crack two

then got pissed and hid it in a corner lol.....
You can use a hack saw... How many teeth/inch are there on the blade that you are using?

Did you brace or "sandwich" the panel between plywood? This will prevent cracking as it lends rigity to the material being cut and dampens the vibrations as the blade moves through the panel.

hmmmm.... if you don't have those tools, then that "butterknife trick" sounds like your best option.

You may have to make several passes accross the panel using a straight-edge.
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i sandwiched it between case side panels and wood but man it was SOOOOOOOOO SLOW....

im gonna try butter knife and heat it up with soldering iron!!!
    
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i sandwiched it between case side panels and wood but man it was SOOOOOOOOO SLOW....

im gonna try butter knife and heat it up with soldering iron!!!
SLOOOOOOOWWWWW...indeed.

Butter knife....

Ya know... it you had a digi-cam you could document what you did, and post a thread on "cutting acrylic without power tools".

I think that a resource like that would be very helpful as there are any number of members that do not have access to power tools.

At any rate I await your results.... Good luck!
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Using a butter knife to cut acrylic is easy, but time consuming. This is want you do, first take a marker of some sort and draw on the acrylic where you want to cut holes out. Next find a old butter knife that you dont use anymore. Now you need to find a source to keep the knife hot while you work with it.

If you're working outside, you can use a grill to keep the knife hot. If you're inside, you will need to use a gas stove. Remember to use gloves while heating the and using the knife. When the tip of the knife is red hot, pull it out of the heat source and insert it into the acrylic where you drew. The moment you feel the knife is cooling, quickly put it back on the heat source. If the knife is hot enough, it should make a smooth cut in the acrylic and no sanding should be required. The key thing to remember is to take your time. The knife and the acrylic will be very HOT.
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thank you all for your suggestions, but the acrylic is broken beyond repair .

i had already cracked it (see above), and teh butter knife was working, although slowly, and i was going slow but when i got to the cracked parts since they were already cracked pretty bad it just kinda spread the crack all over the panel and it burst.

it hurt too.....

im so sad.....

there is another acrylic panel but my parents are so pissed at me and wont let me use it..even though its just sitting there with no present or future use.

i am working on another case mod though, i am determined to have a cube case, at all costs! (ok not all costs) but this mod is working rather well, and i may even have it finished by the end of the weekend so i can post pics)
    
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thank you all for your suggestions, but the acrylic is broken beyond repair .

i had already cracked it (see above), and teh butter knife was working, although slowly, and i was going slow but when i got to the cracked parts since they were already cracked pretty bad it just kinda spread the crack all over the panel and it burst.

it hurt too.....

im so sad.....

there is another acrylic panel but my parents are so pissed at me and wont let me use it..even though its just sitting there with no present or future use.

i am working on another case mod though, i am determined to have a cube case, at all costs! (ok not all costs) but this mod is working rather well, and i may even have it finished by the end of the weekend so i can post pics)
Would you post a Paint sketch (or CAD) of the design you had in mind?
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ill scan a handwritten one since i dont have CAD at home and paint ftl... but now im using a dual plastic file cabinet and with some modification it can handle the weight and seems to be perfect. i need to make the mobo tray, which is exactly the size of the mobo (mobo barely fits)
im going for dual PSU on the bottom layer too
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*awaits the "master plan"*
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