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Can I use my router to cut plexiglas to fit a tamplate. I am making a 'security' cover for a cork bulletin board.

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HI Fritz

Yes but it's best to use a band saw...plexiglass likes to chip and crack just like glass..
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Plexiglas cuts fine with a flush cutting bit around a template. I have done it many times. If this is a security cover, you may wish to consider polycarbonate sheet instead of acrylic (plexiglas). It is much stronger and basically unbreakable.
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Plexiglas cuts fine with a flush cutting bit around a template. I have done it many times. If this is a security cover, you may wish to consider polycarbonate sheet instead of acrylic (plexiglas). It is much stronger and basically unbreakable.

Thanks for the infro. I will give it a try.
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Welcome to the forum, Fritz12324.

You will find it to be one with members with all levels of experience, and the members are eager to share their experiences freely.

In addition to the preceding posts I would like to point out that there are a special class of router bits designed specifically for cutting polyacrylic, polycarbonate, related products and the myriad of trade names under which they are sold. These router bits are designated as O-flute.

To the best of my limited knowledge, they are limited to straight bits, and I unfortunately do not know if these straight bits can plunge cut.

I for one would be interested to know of your progress

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