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cutting down an acrylic tank to make it shorter

This is a discussion on cutting down an acrylic tank to make it shorter within the Equipment Talk Section forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; Feed the acrylic slowly into the blade. Practice on a scrap piece first. Melev's reef website under articles has a ...

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    Feed the acrylic slowly into the blade. Practice on a scrap piece first.
    Melev's reef website under articles has a lot of information on how he cuts and designs tanks/sumps and tools he uses

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    Not just many teeth. You want a "Triple Chip Blade" which remove material by three passes.
    Water !! - Want to be electrocuted ;p

    1. Do a first cut with the triple chip blade
    2. Then trip the melted part off (1/16 to 1/32) the small trip should not generate enough heat to melt the acrylic
    For best result, do the second or third trim with a router.
    3. Flame polish to finish off.

    I am assuming that your are using some sort of a guide to keep the cut dead straight - if not you will be getting chips and melt the edges even with the triple chip blade.

    If all you are using it for is for a planter. Just cut slow with any blade (again, finish with a light second or third pass to clean off the cut). A triple chip blade will cost more than a planter. You could also scrap the rough/melted edge of with a knife then flame polish to finish off.

    Remember that after your remove the braces, acrylic has very little flexural strength left - it could bow and blow.

    Bring you tank to Coquitlam and I could cut that down for you for a small fee

 

 
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