04-29-2009, 04:00 AM #11
Yesterday I tried to cut a scrap piece (it was already cracked, but hey it was free so who cares) with a jigsaw. Even though it was weighed down with heavy stuff it still jumped all over the place, giving a really ugly cut. So I'll have to get some clamps in order to continue, then fix the edge with a router.
Last edited by BIO-Linist; 04-29-2009 at 04:05 AM.
04-29-2009, 04:30 AM #12
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04-29-2009, 05:02 AM #13
0Originally Posted by BIO-Linist10g- 5 diamond tetra, 1 oto, 1 albino BN pleco, 1 assassin snail and 2 blue shrimp. Heavily planted tank.
04-29-2009, 06:15 AM #14
Easiest way to cut it if you have the means to do so is a band saw. It melts right through it, and unless you're a novice to power tools its a nice straight cut every time. If thee acrylic is thin enough its easy to just score and break, but for a 110g tank its gonna be too thick to do that.
04-29-2009, 08:26 AM #15
The acrylic for the tank is 1/2 inch thick.
Most of the scraps are 5/16".
I don't think cutting using the router is a good idea because it would take many passes to cut it or else it could overheat and melt the acrylic.
This is the longest scrap. It is just half an inch longer than the inside height of the tank will be, so I'm making a filter intake that will go in a corner. I tried to repair the crack by dripping solvent on it, but it didn't go in. The solvent marred the surface so I buffed it out. Then I tried to cut it at a 45 degree angle...
Anyway it's just a piece of scrap to mess around with and get a feel of how to work the acrylic.
No I don't have access to a band saw.
05-25-2009, 04:15 AM #16
Been busy with school. Hopefully I'll get something done today or tomorrow.
06-10-2009, 12:12 AM #17
Delayed further because I got sick.
06-10-2009, 03:25 AM #18
A friend of mine that made my small acrylic tank last week, used just a jigsaw to cut the acrylic I believe it was 1/4" thick, and a water spray bottle to keep the acrylic from melting too much.
07-07-2009, 06:22 AM #19
Hello I'm back. I was badly sick the first 2 weeks of June and I kept coughing for the rest of the month.
It would have been unsafe to attempt construction of the aquarium while ill. Violent bouts of coughing and sharp pieces of metal spinning at thousands of RPM don't mix well.
This has set me over a month behind. I am mostly better now, and I've begun to practice seaming the acrylic.
07-07-2009, 03:12 PM #20
Try using candle wax on the blade before and during the cut.
It will cool and lubricate the blade.It will also stop the plastic from melting onto the blade.Ray Your Freindly Neighborhood,Fully Mod-ified, Self-appointed Pic Hound!! Need pics!!!
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