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Thread: My Sweet Husband

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    My Sweet Husband

    My husband stepped on my new 6-1/2" x 24-1/2" Creative Grids ruler. He put the pieces on my sewing chair with a note and promised to replace it for me. He could have just hidden the pieces, and I would have assumed I "lost" it somewhere, but he didn't. He understands that my tools are as important to me as his are to him.

    Question: The longer piece could be straightened out to a 12-1/2" long ruler and the smaller piece can be cut to a 6-1/2" square. Does anyone have any ideas about how to cut the plastic that this ruler is made from? I was thinking I might be able to do it with my Dremel.

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    take it to home Depot or Lowes and they may be able to cut it for you

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    here's some advice on cutting plexiglass that might be helpful http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Pla...Cut-Plexiglass
    Nancy in western NY

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    Definitely you can cut them to usable pieces ... now it's a double win. New full size, and the smaller ones will be handy for other reasons. If you have smaller pieces than you mentioned, cut them into usable squares/rectangles too. I can't believe how often I use my little 2-1/2" square. Perfect when I want something FC!

    Not sure what a dremel is? ... but yes, basically it cuts the same as glass.
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    Dremel: a line of tools made for hobbiests and crafters. Made right here in Racine Wi.

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    Good ideas for salvaging the pieces!

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    Home Depot won't cut acrylic. I use my table saw. I put a layer of painters tape on each side where I want to cut and cut slowly. The painters tape helps prevent splits.
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    Dremel or hacksaw (clamp the ruler to a block of wood so it's supported while being sawn -- so it isn't hanging out in thin air -- and then it shouldn't split).

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    What a precious story! I think my DH would have first asked me "What was your ruler doing on the floor?" And then he would have GLUED IT BACK TOGETHER! Your DH is really a good sport! Great idea you have to make two rulers with the broken pieces.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Was it a clean break across into 2 pieces? I leaned against my 15 inch square and broke it into two pieces. Someone suggested trying to glue it before discarding it. I used a clear piece of tape on the back and lined up my 2 pieces perfectly being careful the the edges where straight. I stuck down the tape straddling the crack in one long piece. I then used the tape as a hinge and bent one piece down the side of the table. I ran a bead of Superglue down the crack and quickly laid the whole ruler back on the table. I held the pieces down and tight to each other until they dried. My square is still going strong a year later. The crack is at the 11 inch mark.
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