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Forum topic by mariva57 posted 01-23-2013 08:56 PM 1005 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2013 08:56 PM

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Today I bought a piece of polyethylene (such as cutting boards) with the size of 40×80 cm, thickness 1 cm, I would like to kindly know if I can cut it with the table saw.Naturalmente with the same knife that I use for
cut the wood. Thanks to those who will give me an answer.

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 09:07 PM

There are blades for plastic, but a good sharp blade will work. Go slow so you do not burn the plastic.

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 09:19 PM

Add a thin piece of plywood under the plastic, as a support. Less cracking that way.

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 09:55 PM

No problem to cut polyethylene and a wood blade works just fine.
Will not crack like plexiglass or similar hard plastics.
Try to avoid getting it too hot. It melts easily.

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 03:30 AM

You can route it, too, and you can plane it if you need to get rid of milling marks.

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 04:04 AM

I would say move fast as this stuff will melt and burn. A sharp blade and fast cuts will give you what you want.

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 09:44 PM

Use a blade with few teeth.

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 10:42 PM

I cut this stuff on my band saw with out any problem. Sand the edge smooth when done.

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 01:24 AM

Poly doesn’t melt as easy as thermoplastics do but the chips stick to everything … have your vacuum ready!
I have cut it with my TS and router in my RT without any issues and as RogerInColorado said you can plane the edges too!

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 06:27 AM

Thank you all, I cut the polyethylene disc
24 tooth, no problem.

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