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    Plexiglass Sources

    Does anyone have a good source for smaller plexiglass sheets? I need 36"x 48" at maximum and 1/8" or possibly slightly thicker. Companies in San Antonio will sell 4x8 sheets, but I don't have the equipment to process them to practical sizes (no table saw, and no room for one). I use it to make small display cases for homes.

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    Check out McMaster-Carr. They have a big selection, many grades/types, many thicknesses, many sizes.


    http://www.mcmaster.com/#cast-acrylic/=uhpzzo

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    Big box stores carry it in my area. The blue one for sure-here anyway.
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    Home Depot carries it here locally in small sized sheets. I bought it there when I needed a small amount.
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    The Borgs carry acrylic sheets in various sizes, but I don't believe they carry polycarbonate. Plexiglas was a trade name for acrylic many years ago. The patent has run out so several companies make acrylic. Lucite is the current trade name for Plexiglas.
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    Thanks Ken, headed to HD right now.

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    I believe both the orange store and the blue store have many choices. You can get real glass, plexiglas, acrylic, or lexan in many different sizes and thicknesses. They will even cut it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOUG ANGEL View Post
    Does anyone have a good source for smaller plexiglass sheets? I need 36"x 48" at maximum and 1/8" or possibly slightly thicker. Companies in San Antonio will sell 4x8 sheets, but I don't have the equipment to process them to practical sizes (no table saw, and no room for one). I use it to make small display cases for homes.
    If you have one nearby, your local glass shop will have the plexiglass and they'll accommodate you with the sizes you need.

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    http://www.tapplastics.com/ will do custom sized acrylic and polycarbonate and mail them to you. It'd be cheaper if you go to them, but they're west-coast based so it'd be a bit of a drive from San Antonio.
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    Around here, the home centers have both Plexiglas and Lexan in sizes that are about what you mention...
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    nobody asked what color he wanted

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    Thanks for your replies, went to Home Depot and got what I needed. I must have had brain fade not to think about going to a Big Box store! I did go to Hobby Lobby, but Nada. Hobby shops sure have changed. I used to buy sheet brass, plexiglass, plastic sheets for scratch built models and all the other raw materials for actual hobbyists, now not so mutch.

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    www.norvaplastics.com .......

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    Have you ever shared your display cases here? I'd like to see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Masshardt View Post
    Have you ever shared your display cases here? I'd like to see them.
    Love to, but computer not uploading pictures from my phone and camera out of batteries. I know, NO PICTURES and IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. So instead I'll try a description about how they are constructed. Displays are small usually about 12x16x16. I use hardwood for the top and bottom, route grooves for the back and sides and a double groove for the front sliding grooves. If everything fits well, no glue is necessary, but I do use super glue on the back and sides. Use slightly looser grooves for the front sliding doors. I designed this type of display when I worked in Saudi Arabia as an aircraft electrician. The only tools I had was a Dremel scroll saw, Dremel rotary tool and a few chisels. It's simple to build and materials were available. Hope that helps a bit.

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