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04-22-2017 05:06 AM

Okay, this isn’t about wood, so I couldn’t figure out which forum to dump it in. It does pertain to supplies for my woodworking shop, however.

Today, I was helping out during our community spring cleaning directing people to dumpsters we provided for the cleanup. A couple came in and asked for help unloading, since their truck was full and they’d have to toss everything high up into the huge dumpsters. I looked in back and told them to just unload everything into my pickup, feet away.

I took me all day to sort the booty, but I ended up with about five hundred pounds of plexi and acrylic. At least a hundred pounds of it is 1/4” and big enough to make router bases. Of course, I can do that in color.

I was just sweating the idea of cutting up a piece from my limited supplies to increase the size of my view port in my dust collector can. That isn’t going to be a problem. Too, my neighbor, a rod builder, will be happy he doesn’t have to buy and Lexan or plexi for quite a while.


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#1 posted 04-24-2017 03:35 AM

I would say this gloat should be on a plexiglass workers site but I couldn’t find one for you.

-- Y'all need to locate a sense of humor. Borrow one if you can't find yours...

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 04:22 AM

Naw. The plexi is for woodworking projects, like router bases, view ports for dust collectors, wood boxes with plexi centers …........

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#3 posted 04-24-2017 04:56 AM

That is a lot of plexiglass.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 04-24-2017 05:57 AM

Now I have to come up with ideas for using it. For example, a box with a dado around the top, into which plexi could fit, then the same on top.

Said another way, if anyone has ideas, I’m all ears. In fact, I ought to put that out there for ideas from jocks.

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#5 posted 04-24-2017 10:34 AM

Have fun cleaning all that melted plexiglass off of your TS and BS blades… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 04-24-2017 11:20 AM

Wow Kelly YOU SUCK!

I can never find a decent bit when I need it. If the 1/4” is stiff enough, makes great ZC inserts. I’ve also been thinking I’m going to make some new chisel racks with clear fronts so I can see the chisel size.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 04-24-2017 02:59 PM

Hey, Kenny, what are ZC inserts?

The chisel racks are a good idea. You reminded me I’m going to make a couple pull out racks for the gaps next to the stove.

Just for reference, the counter top butts the stove, but I used pieces of granite I could remove from those sections, in case we upgrade the stove. The pull outs would fill the gaps under the counter top, and would make a great place for the knives.

Just for reference, I didn’t allow for one of the new monster fridges when I built the kitchen cabinets and had to make a new overhead cabinet for above it, but had for a new gas or electric stove.

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#8 posted 04-24-2017 03:03 PM

I have a non-ferrous metal blade and it seems to plug along well without clogging. In fact, it hasn’t held on to any plastic yet.

I’m thinking of hammering one of my 1/8” band saw blades to remove the hooks to see how that could do, if dedicated to plastics. I have several old blades I’ve touched the top of the hook on with a grind bit and gotten far more life out of than normally could be expected, so if I killed one in an experiment it wouldn’t be a huge deal.


Have fun cleaning all that melted plexiglass off of your TS and BS blades… ;-)

- HorizontalMike


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#9 posted 04-24-2017 03:33 PM


Hey, Kenny, what are ZC inserts?

- Kelly

Zero-Clearance Inserts (throat plates for table saw, bandsaw etc.)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 04-24-2017 03:45 PM

Thanks Kenny. I get lost for the many acronyms out there. I have aluminum throat plates for the band saw made from diamond plate. I’ll have to test drive some 1/4” for that. Having a bunch around is a good thing, since all the “good” deals I see on them are for ones too small for my PM (there’s one o them acrymini things).

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#11 posted 04-24-2017 03:56 PM

ZCIs work well for miter saws too.

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#12 posted 04-24-2017 03:58 PM


Have fun cleaning all that melted plexiglass off of your TS and BS blades… ;-)

- HorizontalMike


Mike, your experience is showing… ;-)

Plexi won’t melt if you use the proper blade. There are also different grades of plexi. Some cut better than others.
When I worked at the plastic shop, imported plastics would powder up when they were cut.
Triple chip carbide blades work the best for plexiglass.

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#13 posted 04-24-2017 04:07 PM

I just posted a “What To Do With a Few Hundred Pounds of Acrylic & Plexi?” post over at:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/218066

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I posted a gloat about a freebie score I made on enough plexi and acrylic it made my truck squat a little getting it home ( http://lumberjocks.com/topics/217610#reply-3641802 ). The pieces range from four inches square to sixteen inches square, a few inches long to four feet long, 1/8” wide to about eight inches wide. There are several colors and thicknesses.

The folks were going to trash it all and I had them just dump everything into the back of my pickup (one of those local community clean up days things). They want me to stop over and see the tubing they didn’t want to just toss too.

I, now, have enough plastic to tend more than a few of my wants and needs. In fact, I find I need to come up with more wants and needs. I’m looking for ideas to use the stuff for. So far, I and others have come up with:

1) A kid starting out in wood work has enough 1/4” to make his own router bases.

2) I’ll make some wide router bases with handles for avoiding tipping, such as when doing book shelves and stuff.

3) Zero clearance inserts were recommended for the band saw and table saw.

4) I’ll be using some of the 1/8” stuff to add view ports [or make the existing ones longer] for my dust collection barrels under the cyclones.

5) A see-through front for chisels

6) A knock off of the see-through for chisels for my kitchen knives [in roll outs beside the stove].

. . . .

5)

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#14 posted 04-24-2017 06:08 PM



Have fun cleaning all that melted plexiglass off of your TS and BS blades… ;-)
- HorizontalMike

Mike, your experience is showing… ;-)

Plexi won t melt if you use the proper blade. There are also different grades of plexi. Some cut better than others.
When I worked at the plastic shop, imported plastics would powder up when they were cut.
Triple chip carbide blades work the best for plexiglass.
- jbay

Wax on, wax off VERY SLOWLY… ;-)
I hate to find out which is the “best” plastic to use… AFTER THE FACT… 8-(

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#15 posted 04-24-2017 06:31 PM


I hate to find out which is the “best” plastic to use… AFTER THE FACT… 8-(

- HorizontalMike

Why? What do you think would happen? lol
Just use a triple chip blade and your good to go with whatever plastic is used!

Just wondering how much plastic work you have done?
I worked as a plastic fabricator for over 3 years.

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