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    haha i say youre brave. i dont think i would trust myself to build my own tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernguy
    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.
    I figured out a way of "pulsing" the speed of the jigsaw so that it does not go fast enough to overheat. While the cut is still quite rough, it is consistent and the plastic does not melt on the blade. Anyway I can smooth it out using the router.

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    To be honest, such a large tank is not the best undertaking for learning to work with acrylic. Not so much in the bonding as in the cutting. Those cuts have to be absolutely straight and the edged prepared right or the bond will be uneven. I would get a local glass shop to but the pieces to size then you can bond them at home.

    If you're open to suggestions I'd say if the local glass shop really knows how to work with acrylic you could have the front and both sides of the tank as one piece buy bending the acrylic at the two front corners.

    Good luck, take some in progress pics and let's see how it goes!

    Sark

    1G Planted Betta tank, 1.5G Planted Betta tank, 10G Planted Swordtail Fry tank,
    10G Neolamprologus Multifasciatus (Shell Dweller) tank. Empty/Work in Progress 135G, 40GB, 2 x 20GL, 2 x 10G
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    a local cabinet shop with a table saw. a very fine toothed blade like for plywood and there ya go perfect cuts
    The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.
    RIP Roscoe. We will meet again Bug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwhacker
    a local cabinet shop with a table saw. a very fine toothed blade like for plywood and there ya go perfect cuts
    Good plan!
    Check out this link!http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/i...nfacrylic.html
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    i just cut some acrylic the other day and used a bandsaw(80bucks at homedepot) and it did a wonderful job
    Scott
    220 gal
    2 redear sunfish
    3 bluegill
    2 hybrid bluegill
    1 craw dad
    1 smallmouth bass
    75g
    this became my sons tank s.a chiclids

    20g
    3 indian dwarf puffers

    44g pentagon
    2 julies
    still gonna add some soon

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    It doesn't matter if the cut is rough because I go over it with router several times. Result is nice flat and smooth.

    I'm working on cementing technique trying out different methods to see what works best for me. Just got some insulin needles and will try them out soon.

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    welcome - Algenco PIZZAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Sarkazmo For buying an API test kit - gabbyguppy No Message - Mith Happy Birthday - Northernguy 
    Congrats on your awards! - Brookfish Sorry I meant to send you a zebra plec! - Brookfish thanks for helping me choose the perfect RC heli! - candice&jeff thanks for the tip on signatures! - sheamurai Excellent  DIY post - Cliff 

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIO-Linist
    It doesn't matter if the cut is rough because I go over it with router several times. Result is nice flat and smooth.

    I'm working on cementing technique trying out different methods to see what works best for me. Just got some insulin needles and will try them out soon.
    There's a few articles on www.instructables.com on working with acrylic and techniques on bonding.

    Sark

    1G Planted Betta tank, 1.5G Planted Betta tank, 10G Planted Swordtail Fry tank,
    10G Neolamprologus Multifasciatus (Shell Dweller) tank. Empty/Work in Progress 135G, 40GB, 2 x 20GL, 2 x 10G
    My aquarium (and more) videos on YouTube

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    Thanks. I liked the Tap Plastics video.
    I did plenty of reading before even considering building the tank.

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    That's a nice size project hope everything goes smooth for you, and I can't wait to see pics!
    150 gallon - red shoulder severum, gold severum, vampire pleco, gold nugget pleco, bush fish, clown loaches, botia loaches, mbuna cichlids, and a few others

    55 gallon - mixed african cichlids, and one anguilla rostrata

    20 gallon long - planted, 21 pseudotropheus demasoni fry

    10 gallon - heavily planted, 1 male betta, 3 harlequin rasboras, 2 zebra danios, & 2 rummy nose tetras

    5 gallon - planted, 1 male betta, 3 harlequin rasboras, 3 panda corys, and 6 cherry shrimp

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