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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by nagal View Post
I wish I would have done that.

The pieces I tried still might be salvageable if not my case will now be a 17" x 17" x 17" cube instead of 18" x 18" x 18"
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post #12 of 21
I'll give you some sage advice I was given once.

"Slow now, oh oh ok you got it... AWW MAN YOU SCREWED IT UP!!"
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Problem #1 was the guide I was using for the jig saw. Due to how I was clamping it, it was bowing up in the middle which caused a "curve" in the line... well quite a few on the first cut.

Problem #2 seems that it seems the the jig saw wanders very easily which can be corrected just by going slower and taking more time (See Modki comment above ).

Problem #3 turns out my jig saw is an orbital jig saw and I did not have it locked so the blade would stay straight which helped to produce more "curves" in the cut.

The two pieces I did might be fixable. I originally planned them to be 18" x 18" but since I have not done even of the other panels I can try and cut them to 17.75" x 17.75" and lengthen the other panels and everything will be good.
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post #14 of 21
A Jigsaw wouldn't be my first choice for cutting Lexan. I bought a little knife-like tool from Home Depot/ Lowe's/ Menards (can't remember which) that is designed for cutting Lexan.

It has a blade that is sort of shaped like a flattened out fishhook, that you pull across the plastic quite a few times. This scores the material. Then you just smack it, and it comes apart at the seam you just created. It works flawlessly. I've made a bunch of windows with the tool.
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A Jigsaw wouldn't be my first choice for cutting Lexan. I bought a little knife-like tool from Home Depot/ Lowe's/ Menards (can't remember which) that is designed for cutting Lexan.

It has a blade that is sort of shaped like a flattened out fishhook, that you pull across the plastic quite a few times. This scores the material. Then you just smack it, and it comes apart at the seam you just created. It works flawlessly. I've made a bunch of windows with the tool.
I did not know for sure if scoring worked on Lexan, now I do! Sheeze this is what I wanted to do from the beginning... I know where I am stopping on the way home from work tonight
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post #16 of 21
Yeah, I never liked doing it that way for the fear of cracking it (and I never did straight cuts ) but it's worth a shot for doing straight cuts.
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Yeah, I never liked doing it that way for the fear of cracking it (and I never did straight cuts ) but it's worth a shot for doing straight cuts.
Yeah and at this point its not like I am really going to mess something up I do have some small pieces to experiment on before trying it and the others.
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Scoring worked like a charm! Only issue was a mis-measurement I did. doh! But I can put that piece on the bottom
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post #19 of 21
Cool, glad it worked out well for you!
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Wow! I never had any luck with that method because my Lexan was always too thick.
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