This section contains videos showing how to cut, shape and polish Acrylic.
For all projects we have used Perspex/Lucite. Working with Perspex is similar to working with Aluminium.
Perspex has the advantage that it never needs painting and often comes with a 10 year guarantee.
The videos below demonstrate how to cut acrylic using basic power tools, but they also show how to use line bending techniques and even glue acrylic using Tensol cement.
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Acrylic sheet such as Perspex, Lucite or Plexiglas can be cut using saws which would normally be used on wood. A jigsaw or a circular saw can be used in most cases but a fine tooth blade is preferred. Metal cutting blades are preferred in a jigsaw or a bl
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Acrylic sheet such as Perspex, Lucite or Plexiglas can be drilled using drill bits that are designed for use on metal. A sharp metal drilling bit will easily break the acrylic when it exits the work piece and so a blunt drill bit is preferred, or the shar
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Acrylic can be bent by apply heat to it. Popular trade names of acrylic are Perspex, Lucite and Plexiglas. Some acrylic may need to be annealed after bending to prevent crazing. Acrylic that is made specifically for the sanitary ware market such as Lucite
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Acrylic such as Perspex, Lucite or Plexiglas can be tapped so that it is possible to screw threaded screws directly into it. Although this method works well it is not a good solution if the item needs to be regularly assembled and disassembled, If your it
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perspex, lucite or plexiglas can often bepolished sucessfully using this method. This method is the only method that can be used on acrylic sheet that has a frosted or non reflective finish as flame polishing is not suitable.
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This video shows how to make a decorative table using Perspex, this is a time consuming project and can easily take a whole day to complete so be warned! Perspex is an ideal material for making a decorative table like this as it will never require paintin
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This video shows how to make a decorative furniture using Perspex. Perspex is an ideal material for making furniture like this as it will never require painting and is guaranteed to last at least 10 years.
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Scratches can often be easily removed from acrylic such as Perspex, Lucite and Plexiglas using this simple technique. A similar technique is used on military aircraft canopies. For best results use a silver polish for the last polish or use a dedicated ac
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A line bender is a useful addition to any workshop where acrylic is being used to fabricate components. Line bending machines are not cheap but in this tutorial we are going to make a DIY line bender. To make the line bender you will need some suitable sh
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Perspex coral is the ideal material for making a shelf, it is available in a wide variety of colours and is 10mm thick. This videos shows how to make a shelf using basic tools.
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You do not need a professional line bending machine to be able to bend acrylic at home, you can do it quite easily by using a small homemade line bender as demonstrated in this video. Here I bend a piece of 4mm cast acrylic 90 degrees. This makes really e
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It is possible to scribe break acrylic such as Perspex, Lucite or Plexiglas using just a sharp knife and a straight edge. This technique is handy for cutting acrylic up to 4mm thick and is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cut acrylic sheet
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Children just love to press buttons, especially if the button is illuminated. This simple trick shows how to use a small piece of acrylic with a 6mm hole drilled through it to protect the switch from little fingers. The appliance can still be switched on
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Here a dolls bed is made from some 5mm thick Perspex Sparkle. This is a very interesting project and requires bending and gluing the acrylic, all of which is shown in detail.
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Perspex and other cast acrylic is often described as having memory, this means that if you take a piece of Perspex which has been heated and bent into a shape it will retain that shape until the part is heated again. It will then revert back to the origin
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This video shows how to easily cut acrylic sheet such as Perspex, Lucite, Plexiglas, Optix, Oroglas, Acrylite, Sumipex, Cryolite etc. Most saws can be used to cut acrylic sheet but if you don’t have one of those a simple knife and straight edge can