Aug
27

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How to Attach Plexiglass (Acrylic) to WoodPin ItIf your project requires you to attach acrylic (also known as plexiglass) to wood, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to do it correctly.  Although many projects use clear, lightweight acrylic instead of glass because it’s stronger and more flexible, acrylic can still crack, split or melt if handled improperly.  Here’s how to correctly screw or glue acrylic to wood so you can avoid damaging it permanently.   Attaching Acrylic to Wood with Screws Plexiglass (acrylic) can be attached to wood using screws, but you have to be careful not to heat or twist
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Aug
13

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Cell Cast Acrylic Sheets and Extruded Acrylic Sheets:  How Do They Differ?Pin ItAcrylic sheets are recognized for their light weight and transparent qualities as well as their superior resistance to chemicals and heat.   If you are choosing between a cell cast acrylic sheet and an extruded acrylic sheet for your project, it helps to understand how the two materials differ. Visually, both types of acrylic sheets look very similar and both show excellent resistance to the aging process.  The main difference, however, is in their thermal and chemical properties resulting from the way they are manufactured which causes the materials to respond differently to certain processes, temperature and exposure to solvents. 
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Aug
7

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How to Make a DIY Coffee TablePin ItHome decorating on a budget can be a challenge, but with one of these DIY coffee table ideas, you can have an original piece of furniture that fits your living room perfectly.  Designing a DIY coffee table is fun.  There are so many ways to customize it by choosing a unique base or top of recycled materials.  Here’s what you need to know to get started: What Size? Coffee tables are usually placed in front of a sofa and flanked by a couple of side chairs.  The primary purpose of a coffee table is to give guests a
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Jul
24

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What Does “Less Saw Cut” Mean?Pin It“Less saw cut” is a term used by plastic fabricators to describe a method of measuring and cutting material in order to (1) minimize waste and (2) reduce costs.  The rule of thumb is simple:  the more pieces that can be cut from a single sheet of plastic, the lower the total cost is to the customer. “Less saw cut” means cutting the customer’s material to the specified dimensions less the width of the saw blade (or kerf).  This is possible  when the final dimensions of custom-cut pieces can tolerate a little variation.   Here is how it works:
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Jul
16

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How to Cook for Free with a Solar OvenPin ItUsed all around the world as an alternative to fuel-powered ovens, a solar oven uses the heat from the sun’s rays to cook food.  Solar ovens are kinder to the environment because they produce no pollutants or deplete natural resources.  And since sunshine is still FREE, a solar oven is clearly less expensive to operate than a conventional oven.   The popularity of solar ovens has been growing.  Users include people who live where cooking fuel or wood is scarce, campers who want a simpler way to prepare food on the trail, and homeowners who want to bake
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Apr
27

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DIY Kitchen Backsplash: How to Create a Custom Backsplash Using PlexiglassPin ItYour kitchen backsplash can be the focal point of the room, but if you aren’t in love with your current backsplash and can’t afford new tile, you can replace it with a beautiful DIY kitchen backsplash using a sheet of plexiglass over your favorite patterned paper. Because plexiglass is clear, it can be used to protect and showcase any type of paper that appeals to you – wallpaper,wrapping paper, vintage postcards, maps, photos or sheet music. Plexiglass is also durable and wipes clean easily, so it can take the daily abuse of kitchen duty. Lastly, plexiglass is
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Apr
2

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Kids’ Art Project Ideas Using Plexiglass Plastic SheetsPin ItChildren love the spontaneity of play, which is why a kids’ art project that is simple and lacks detailed instructions is often the most fun and allows for the most creativity!  Here are some inexpensive kids’ art project ideas that children of all ages will enjoy.  Each project begins with a piece of plexiglass sheet that the kids can decorate and use in different ways.  For a renewable art surface, we recommend using washable paints and markers so your plexiglass “canvas” can be cleaned easily and reused indefinitely. Faux Stained Glass This is a fun kids’ art project idea
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Mar
19

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Acrylic Sheets For Photography SetupsPin ItBaseball star Evan Legoria appears to be suspended in mid-air. Photo by Robert Seale, Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview Professional photographers and camera buffs like using versatile acrylic sheets for photography setups because of the material’s strength and reflective qualities.  Whether their shoot calls for a transparent, colored or opaque surface, it is easy to find an acrylic sheet with that finish. A lot of photographers place their subjects on top of acrylic sheets and use strategic lighting to achieve cool reflections.  Some of the more creative photographers like to lie underneath a transparent acrylic sheet so they can
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Mar
9

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What are the Differences between Vacuum Forming and Injection Molding?Pin ItPhoto Credit: Lucite International   Vacuum forming and injection molding are two of the most popular methods used to process plastics.  This article provides an overview of each method and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each. What is Vacuum Forming? Vacuum forming (also known as “thermoforming”) is a manufacturing process in which plastic sheet goods are preheated in automated vacuum forming equipment until soft and pliable (think fettuccini al dente).  Next, the preheated sheet makes contact with a mold or form and a vacuum source is turned on, which “sucks” the sheet to the mold.  Once cooled, the
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Feb
7

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How to Clean, Repair and Protect AcrylicPin ItKnowing how to clean acrylic correctly is key to preserving its attractive appearance.  Acrylic – which is also called Plexiglas, Lucite and Acrylite — is a popular alternative to glass for many applications because it is translucent, light weight and impact resistant.  Clear, colored and opaque acrylic is also available.  Because acrylic sheets and glazing are susceptible to scratches and abrasions as well as damage by some solvents, it is important to follow these guidelines for cleaning, repairing and protecting your acrylic items. Cleaning Acrylic The best way to clean acrylic is with a specialty cleaning product such as Novus No.1
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