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Jan 29, 2002
Calgary, Alberta
I have a peice of 18x 24 sheet of Lucite-tuf acrylic. It is 3/16" thick. The instruction sheet from the manufacturer says to score the sheet and then snap it to make cuts. This sounds fine for straight lines, but what if I would like to have curved lines or fan holes? What is a good method for cutting these shapes? Could a special blade on a jig-saw work or is there a hole saw attachement for my drill that would work? I ask because I've never cut plastic before. (I don't have a dremel either)

Thanks in advance.
I have a 3 inch hole saw that cuts the thick metal on my case. It can be purchased at your local Home Depot. I'm sure it chould cut your window. Now, as for as rounding the window, your best bet would be to just snap it till it fits your side panel, and put it behind your design cut in the metal.

There are blades specifically for plastic-type products, and at slow speed should cut without problems. The biggest difficulty I have found is the heat generated by cutting melts and/or deforms the plastic a bit.