What To Do With a Few Hundred Pounds of Acrylic & Plexi?

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04-24-2017 04:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plastic plexi acrylic uses for plastics plexiglass lexon lexan inserts

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 ( ). 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].

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 04:08 PM

I used to make jewelry boxes out of 1/4” Ivory with brass embellishments like feet, latches, and hinges.

Push sticks, with stuff that is scratched up.

Drawer dividers

Faces for picture frames

dice clocks.. hahaha

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 05:19 PM

You could probably cut it into shipable, usable pieces and sell a lot of it on ebay and the swap shops.

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#3 posted 04-24-2017 06:28 PM

I’d drop most of it at the local reuse store.

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#4 posted 04-24-2017 06:54 PM

Have made router templates out of the Lexan stuff

Made quite a few storm windows out of the plexi…

Used to make clipboards out of the stuff, and sell them. yes, you can buy the hardware for clipboards…

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#5 posted 04-25-2017 01:52 AM

I’d use it to create kan-ban style organizers and storage devices. A long-term project that I’ve got in mind someday is a veneer “rack” with folding shelves that each hold a specific color or species of veneer. Clear plastic will keep it flat and allow me to see at a glance if my inventory is sufficient or not.

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