- 27 April 2019 at 11:18 am #557256EdParticipant
Many plastics work with the same tools used for wood. Plastics are abrasive and dull tools quickly, though. The problem with acrylic is that it likes to crack, especially when you are drilling near an edge. We always used the same drills we used for wood, backed the material being bored, and had extra blanks. When I picture how I made my router base, my suggestion is to just cut an opening in your base with a coping saw, perhaps backing it with some scrap material if it is particularly thin. Just cut in from the edge to make a suitable opening, no drilling required.27 April 2019 at 11:21 am #557259EdParticipant
By the way, the tang of a file (where you’d mount a handle) makes a decent deburring tool for plastic if the edges of the tang are crisp. Use the edge of the tang to scrape the burr off the plastic. A piece of scrap soft steel is even better but you’re more likely to have a file sitting about.27 April 2019 at 11:26 am #557260Mark68Participant
Will definitely be using a coping saw for the centre hole.
I’m also considering gluing it to the router base with some Scigrip 4SC
"Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."27 April 2019 at 2:36 pm #557267Jim ThorntonParticipant
Here’s a PDF from Tap Plastics about drilling acrylic: https://www.tapplastics.com/uploads/pdf/Tech%20Data-Drilling.pdf
Lots of information.
If you can't afford to do big things...........do small things in a big way!27 April 2019 at 4:38 pm #557272Mark68Participant
Guess what…I feel so dumb.
You know the little turn screw atop the no. 71, the one that raises and lowers the cutting iron? Well, I did what Dave suggested, and turned it the right way up!
It now works fine.
You gotta laugh! lol
"Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."27 April 2019 at 5:41 pm #557275Dave RingParticipant
Don’t feel too bad. I’ve seen a lot of them set up that way and usually it doesn’t matter but once in a while….
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