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NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« on: July 01, 2022, 07:50:13 AM »
Iím replacing a shower enclosure down the basement. There is no ceiling, the unit Iím replacing had used a bottom base section on top for a ceiling which I want to do again. No ceiling down there its rafters..
The enclosure is in 3 pieces, itís acrylic. I want to cut off the top flange on the side pieces so it will fit together.
I have Access to a table saw, hand held Saber saw/jigsaw and a scroll saw (jigsaw with table) and a band saw.. Also have a 4Ē cut off tool and dremmelÖ what will work best without cracking the acrylic?





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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2022, 08:28:43 AM »
Do you have the old enclosure to use to test options? I would probably used the cutoff to start the cuts in any event, then maybe the jig saw but do test and do build a guide and tape along the cut. Lots of variables and more information from experimentation would be helpful.

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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2022, 08:32:22 AM »
Yes I have sections of the old unit to practice on. Good idea.
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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2022, 08:41:01 AM »
I'd use an oscillating saw. I carved up a whole shower enclosure with one of those to get it out of the building. It cut straight without chipping or cracking.
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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2022, 08:46:34 AM »
Fine toothed circular saw with the blade running backwards. 

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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2022, 09:19:48 AM »
Abrasive disc with slow entrance- meaning make more than one pass to produce full penetration.  I would also use a little water while cutting to keep it as cool & strong as possible.    This will help limit the chances of damage.

The best way to limit damage to the edges is to score or initiate the cut with an abrasive disc from both sides using water and then finish the cut in the center of the material being cut.   
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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2022, 09:35:29 AM »
I think think the Dremel you have would work, you'll be caulking that edge when done most likely anyway. ( I would)
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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2022, 01:28:00 PM »
A 4Ē grinder with an .040 cut wheel, masking tape and a steady hand.

Do not use anything reciprocating.
yes, this works good, I tried it on the old shower wall.


Thanks everyone, I think Iím all good.
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Re: NGC whatís the best saw for this job?
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2022, 10:16:32 PM »
I got an in home quote for one of those Kohler Luxstone shower systems. They wanted $18K  :shocked:
We ended up doing a full remodel including ceramic floor and wall tile, soaker tub, toilet and vality. It came out to a little more than 7K and several weeks work. most materials bought from Home Depot and Wayfair.
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