How to Cut Molded Plastic Parts

Save

Molded plastic parts are manufactured for a variety of reasons. They're often made from PVC, acrylic and other plastics. Sometimes these plastic parts fit in toys or tools. In other instances, exterior molding for your home is made from these parts. Learning to trim or cut molded plastic parts will allow you to manipulate and use the plastic parts as needed. Cutting plastic is not difficult when you have the supplies and know-how.

Things You'll Need

  • Marker
  • Miter or table saw
  • Jigsaw or router
  • Carbide-tipped saw blade
  • Screwdriver or wrench
  • Clamps
  • Use a marker to place a mark on the plastic where it needs to be cut.

  • Determine what type of saw you need to cut the plastic parts. Larger parts can be cut with a miter saw or a table saw, while smaller parts may need to be cut with a router or a jigsaw. Most standard woodworking tools can cut through plastic parts as long as they are fitted with a carbide-tipped blade.

  • Fit a carbide-tipped saw blade on the saw or router. Use a screwdriver or wrench to remove the old steel blade and replace it with a carbide-tipped blade. Carbide-tipped saw blades last longer because the tips hold the teeth edge longer than than regular steel blades.

  • Clamp the plastic part in place as necessary. Small plastic pieces should be clamped to a work bench or table before they are cut.

  • Cut the molded plastic parts on the marked line.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit detail of circular saw image by Thor Jorgen Udvang from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Parts of a Hand Saw

    Handsaws have been around for thousands of years. There is evidence of handsaw use in ancient Egypt, as heiroglyphics of handsaws have...

  • How to Clean Plastic Cutting Boards

    One handy kitchen product is the plastic cutting board, which comes in a variety of surface hardnesses. It can get wet without...

  • How to Cut Trim With a Circular Saw

    A circular saw is a hand-held power tool that's used for cutting different types of wood. While a circular saw should not...

  • How to Install Plastic Baseboard Molding

    The steps for installing plastic baseboard molding are similar to those for regular wood or MDF (medium-density fibreboard) products. Plastic baseboard molding...

  • How to Cut Plastic Molding Without Melting It

    Plastic molding is typically made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is installed on both the interior and exterior of buildings. It is...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!