Tips and tricks for DIY bin cages, please

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Tips and tricks for DIY bin cages, please

Post by antant26 on Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:52 pm

Last weekend my dad and I tried out how Salma bins do under the jigsaw, and I was upset to see that it made the plastic crack. Any tips to prevent this? Thanks! <3

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Re: Tips and tricks for DIY bin cages, please

Post by scaredymouse on Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:44 pm

I use a glass  cutter tool and careful trace out the window.  You could also have your dad just use a box cutter, slow and steady.  It will take a few passes but it won't crack.  Also be gentle drilling the ventilation holes as well, those can crack too.

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Re: Tips and tricks for DIY bin cages, please

Post by Rodents rock! on Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:49 pm

In the past I've used a box cutter (utility knife). And you have to go slow and just keep going over the same spot. Something that helps is to heat up the knife to go through the plastic easier. Hope this helps.

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Re: Tips and tricks for DIY bin cages, please

Post by CallaLily on Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:49 pm

My husband used an air powered pencil grinder (I think it's called?) on my last bin cage. Worked really great. Zero cracking. Pretty smooth edges too.

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Re: Tips and tricks for DIY bin cages, please

Post by Peachy on Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:10 pm

That's part of the reason I don't have a zillion bin cages... Cutting windows were always a challenge with my little butter knife heated over the stove. lol Tried a Plexiglas knife once and the whole thing ended up cracked once I ran out of patience. Laughing

I've seen dremels recommended, apparently the disc gets heated enough to melt the plastic a bit and not cause cracking. Or something. Don't Know

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