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Dec 9, 2011, 05:08 AM
 
Haven't worked much with plastic except to know most of my ideas will melt* rather than cut. The waffle bottom is what I need most, but slicing up the sides into four pieces is worth bonus points.

Thoughts?


*Some melting is fine, it's more I don't want to gum up good blades. If I need to get some cheap blades and pitch them afterwards, that's okay too.
     
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Dec 9, 2011, 05:40 AM
 
hack saw? chain saw? blow torch?
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Dec 9, 2011, 06:48 AM
 
reciprocating saw and a Dremel

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Dec 9, 2011, 06:49 AM
 
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Dec 9, 2011, 07:28 AM
 
To cut most plastic plastic, you need a VERY sharp, very high point count blade going very fast, and then you have to be attentive to how the plastic reacts. This "non-melt" plastic cutting saw blade will probably help; it's designed to minimize the heating/melting effect.

I'm interested to see what you're building with milk crate parts...

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Dec 9, 2011, 12:00 PM
 
I'd say a hand-held circular saw with a blade for plastics. I'd clamp the milkcart side to a board on a workbench. With the board being on the inside of the milkcrate.

I would say cut the bottom off first. then cut the sides apart.

edit: A table circular saw with a plastics blade would probably do it faster, too, if you have a friend with one.

edit 2:Oh, I see ghporter had a link to the blade.
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Dec 9, 2011, 12:53 PM
 
Do you think it would gum up an angle grinder? Not the most accurate of cutting tools though.
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Dec 9, 2011, 04:53 PM
 
Thanks for all the suggestions!

Let's see, I have no lightsaber, or other powered cutting tools, except for a Dremel, which would get trashed. I'm leaning towards Thorzdad's keyhole saw idea. I figure get a cheap one and not be bothered if it gets sacrificed.

I'm going to be using the pieces individually to put in front of lights to cast interesting shadows. If you've ever heard of a cuculoris, these pieces will be cratealoris.
     
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Dec 9, 2011, 05:08 PM
 
Regular circular saw with a carbide blade will work fine, the less aggressive the blade the more gumming up you're going to get.
     
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Dec 9, 2011, 05:28 PM
 
Circular saw falls into the "powered cutting tools" category.

Now, I want a Saws-All, but I don't think I can justify it for milk crates.
     
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Dec 9, 2011, 06:54 PM
 
Angle grinders are cheap enough. And fun.
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Dec 9, 2011, 07:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Haven't worked much with plastic except to know most of my ideas will melt* rather than cut. The waffle bottom is what I need most, but slicing up the sides into four pieces is worth bonus points.

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*Some melting is fine, it's more I don't want to gum up good blades. If I need to get some cheap blades and pitch them afterwards, that's okay too.
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