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PLASTIC
sa   AIRCRAFT CONSTRUCTION -- FIBERGLASS & COMPOSITE
sa   BOTTLE CRAFT -- PLASTIC
sa   FIBERGLASS & COMPOSITE
sa   MODEL MAKING -- PLASTIC
sa   NYLON
sa   PIPE & TUBE -- PLASTIC
sa   PLASTIC CASTING & MOLDING
sa   PLASTIC DRILLING & CORING
sa   PLASTIC FOAM
sa   PLASTIC LAMINATE
sa   POWDER COATING
sa   VINYL FABRIC
xx   BUILDING MATERIAL

Try "flame polishing" for a professional-looking edge treatment on Plexiglas.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #17 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 10

Use masking tape to control chipping and shattering when sawing Plexiglas or similar thin plastics.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #19 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 14

Smoothing the edges on cut acyrlic sheet.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #45 Jun 1995 pg. 24

How to work with acrylic plastics (Plexiglas, Lucite, Acrylite, etc.)
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1971 (v.49#7) pg. 51

Simple steps to making acrylic accessories for your boat. Advice on selecting the correct acrylic plastic, cutting, drilling, edge finishing, bending, cementing, and painting.
BOATING WORLD #114 Dec 1995 pg. 60
Added Info BOATING WORLD #116 Feb 1996 pg. 10
Added Info BOATING WORLD #119 May 1996 pg. 11

Working with acrylic plastic (cutting, drilling, bending, edge finishing, cementing, etc.). Includes idea for making a hinged cover to protect a boat instrument panel from spray.
BOATING WORLD Jan 2002 (v.23#1) pg. 86

Preserve a butterfly, leaf, flower, seashell, etc. in plastic.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1963 (v.53#2) pg. 71

Acrylic plastics. How to cut, bend, shape, and finish sheet acrylic plastic.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1982 (v.6#3) pg. 54

A look at a variety of Plexiglas objects for the home. Article includes general instructions for working with Plexiglas and source for a booklet of 40 projects that can be ordered.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Feb 1974 (v.4#4) pg. 34

Tip on protecting Plexiglas from damage while machining, cutting, etc.
E.A.A. TECHNICAL COUNSELOR NEWS Jun-Sep 1989 pg. 3

How to build your own furniture from clear acrylic plastic. The tools and methods for cutting and shaping plastic explained. Includes instructions for making a coffee table and a four-section etagere.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #182 Jul-Aug 1977 (v.27#5) pg. 34

Tips on working with clear acrylics like Plexiglas.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #317 Apr 1991 (v.41#4) pg. 15

Tip on finishing (smoothing) the edge of acrylic plastic using a propone torch.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #344 Jan 1994 (v.44#1) pg. 24

Tip shows how to cut clean edges on acrylic plastic using a flush trim router bit and a template.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #364 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 (v.46#1) pg. 18

Tip: How to cut vinyl or sheet metal with a 100-millimeter disc grinder.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #20 Apr-May 1984 pg. 16

Tip on removing the protective paper from acrylic sheets.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #118 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 28

Make a scribing table and scribing tool for cutting Plexiglas.
FINE WOODWORKING #29 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 18

Plastics in the workshop. Choosing and using this versatile material for jigs and other applications.
FINE WOODWORKING #105 Mar-Apr 1994 pg. 58
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #107 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 6
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #108 Sep-Oct 1994 pg. 10

Tip on scoring and breaking 1/8" thick Plexiglas panels (instead of sawing).
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1997 (v.15#7) pg. 79

A look at various ways to use plastics in the garden and greenhouse.
FLOWER & GARDEN Oct 1979 (v.23#10) pg. 11

How to dye clear vinyl plastic. Hooded ponchos, sewn from plastic using a Simplicity pattern, are dyed a rainbow of colors using Rit dye.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Apr 1978 (v.186#4) pg. 186, 206

How to care for rigid plastics and how to remove unsightly scratches.
HANDY ANDY Feb 1978 (v.2#5) pg. 20

How to cut corrugated sheet plastic.
HOME MECHANIX #683 Mar 1985 (v.81) pg. 12

Acrylic plastic projects include decorative vases, bowls, jars and cabinet doors.
HOME MECHANIX #708 Apr 1987 (v.83) pg. 76

Tip: Cut light-diffusing plastic panels with a hot soldering iron instead of a saw to avoid breaking.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1986 (v.11#2) pg. 22
Added Info HOMEOWNER Oct 1986 (v.11#8) pg. 6

Tip on cutting translucent-plastic ceiling panels with tin snips.
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1987 (v.12#1) pg. 20

Tip: Use a soldering iron to cut large openings in plastic.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1987 (v.12#6) pg. 6

Tip on cleaning acrylic plastic windows in a storm door.
HOMEOWNER Apr 1989 (v.14#3) pg. 72

Tip on cleaning Plexiglas storm windows without scratching them.
HOMEOWNER Dec 1989 (v.14#10) pg. 69

Tip: Use a soldering gun to "cut" clean cutouts in brittle plastic, such as automobile dashboards.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1981 (v.6#1) pg. 120

Heat-shrink plastics for quick home repairs. What is available and tips on their use.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1981 (v.6#6) pg. 27

Acrylic butter dish. How to bend, shape, and finish acrylic plastics.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Feb 1981 (v.70#2) pg. 40

How to remove tape residue from Plexiglas without damage to the plastic.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Feb 1988 (v.10#2) pg. 17

Tips for working with Plexiglas. Tips on replacing or repairing aircraft windows made of Plexiglas.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Aug 1989 (v.11#8) pg. 15

Plastic welding for Royalite repairs. How to fix ABS-type plastic aircraft interior parts using a soldering gun, ABS welding rod and ABS plastic sheeting.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jan 1993 (v.15#1) pg. 18

Polyfix repair. Using thermal fusion for quick and easy repair of porous and nonporous aircraft plastics.
LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Oct 1998 (v.20#10) pg. 16
Added Info LIGHT PLANE MAINTENANCE Jan 1999 (v.21#1) pg. 3

Basic course in working with plastics and composites.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #488 Jan 1969 (v.65) pg. 88

Plexiglas cube tables and a tape recorder dust cover. How to cut, finish edges, drill, break, heat form and join Plexiglas.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #513 Feb 1971 (v.67) pg. 114

See-through furniture you can make. How to build furniture from acrylic sheet plastic. Plans for a coffee table and display rack illustrate the techniques.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #562 Mar 1975 (v.71) pg. 88

How to patch just about everything with Ship 'n Shore Cloth patches. Plastic-impregnated cloth is activated by toluol to form a bonded hard surface. Photos show steps involved in application.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #586 Mar 1977 (v.73) pg. 88

Tip: Remove scratches from plastic meter faces, bezels and dial windows by polishing with cigarette ashes.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jul 1979 (v.16#1) pg. 86

How to work with Plexiglas.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1970 (v.133#6) pg. 176

How to do internal carving in acrylic plastic.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1971 (v.135#1) pg. 150

How to turn rigid plastics on a home lathe.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1971 (v.135#6) pg. 160

Tips: (1) Clamp & straightedge for marking and cutting plastic is made from angle iron. (2) Scriber for scoring plastic.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1977 (v.147#1) pg. 150

How to keep sheet plastic scratch-free and shiny. Tips on buffing and polishing.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1981 (v.155#2) pg. 143

This tool chucked in a drill press makes polished designs in metal and plastic.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1984 (v.161#6) pg. 133

Plastic mending cements and how to use them.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1963 (v.182#5) pg. 169

Hot-wire machine for cutting plastic foam.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1964 (v.185#2) pg. 87

Good tricks for bending sheet acrylics.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1970 (v.196#4) pg. 94

How to show the molecular orientation of polymers by stretching some common materials between polarizing filters.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1970 (v.197#1) pg. 73

How to work with DuPont Corian, a plastic slab that looks like stone.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1970 (v.197#2) pg. 78

Tips on working with sheet plastics.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1972 (v.200#4) pg. 118

Sticky-backed Teflon can be put on power tools, drawers, rulers, workbenches, backsplashes, and anywhere else where reducing friction would aid in using the tool or improve cleanup by repelling glue, grease or other messy products.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1973 (v.203#1) pg. 100

A non-slip plastic called DYCEM can be applied to many surfaces where you want to prevent slipping. Applications include serving trays, hotpads, miter gauge face, under sharpening stones, etc.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1973 (v.203#1) pg. 102

Plexiglas cubes, made in various sizes, can be used for many things, including canisters, tables, stools, storage boxes, terrariums, etc. Instructions on how to make the cubes and simple bases and tops.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1974 (v.204#1) pg. 88, 122

How to work with fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels. Tips on using it for patio roof covers, fences, storage buildings or playhouses, etc. Available in both corrugated or flat form.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1976 (v.208#6) pg. 114

Tips on using urethane foam which comes in pressurized cans. Use to fill small holes, repair insulation in refrigerators, etc.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1977 (v.210#1) pg. 110

Look what you can create by bending acrylics. How to cut, drill, bend and glue acrylic plastic sheeting, which is available in various colors. Includes plans for a strip heater. Five styles of plant ladders or plant stands are described which can be made from acrylic.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1978 (v.213#5) pg. 116

Tips on cutting Plexiglas with a saber saw.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1985 (v.227#4) pg. 136

Display stand (12" square x 53" high). The 36" high base is covered with iron-on veneer. A clear acrylic box on the top covers the display. Project teaches how to apply veneer with a household iron and how to work with acrylic plastics.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #93 Nov 1996 (v.16#5) pg. 28

Tips on building furniture and accessories from acrylic plastic.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Feb 1972 (v.43#2) pg. 60

How to cut, bend, and work plastics such as Lucite, Plexiglas, etc. Includes a diagram for making a strip heater for bending plastics.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Special 1980 pg. 8

How to make photographs in polymer. Includes the use of overhead enlarger, a device for vertical projections using a slide projector, apparatus for making a contact print and technique for writing on a monomer with a penlight. Formula and instructions for making the polymer solution are given.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Dec 1969 (v.221#6) pg. 128

Experiment with stretching polymer sheets shows the pecular behavior of "necking" or "cold drawing."
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Feb 1990 (v.262#2) pg. 100

Plastics in the woodshop. Using laminate, phenolic, UHMW, acrylics and polycarbonates to make better jigs and fixtures. Includes tips on cutting, drilling, gluing and bending plastics.
SHOPNOTES #43 Jan 1999 (v.8) pg. 12

What you need to know to repair plastic components in automobiles.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #282 Jan 2000 (v.24#6) pg. 13

Tip: Use polyethylene welding rod to repair cracks in plastic boat hulls and other items.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #48 Apr-May 1986 pg. 88

Tip: Protect plastic gear from ultraviolet light by painting with white exterior house paint.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #71 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 58

Homemade grinding or abrasive cutoff disk is made by applying rock tumbling grit to fiberglass using epoxy cement. The resulting disk is very thin and flexible. Tips on using this disk to cut Plexiglas are included.
SPORT AVIATION Sep 1985 (v.34#9) pg. 68

Tip on restoring plastic knobs and other plastic parts using Brasso metal polish.
VINTAGE AIRPLANE Sep 1995 (v.23#9) pg. 7

Working with acrylic sheet plastic. Tips on cutting, bonding, smoothing edges, bending and drilling.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #40 Spring 1986 (v.10#4) pg. 78

How to work with sheet plastics (acrylic, polycarbonate, phenolic laminate, and UHMW polyethylene). How to cut, drill, finish edges, join and fasten the plastic. Project ideas included.
WOOD MAGAZINE #85 Jan 1996 (v.13#1) pg. 60

Working with sheet plastic (acrylic, polycarbonate, and phenolic laminate). Guide to cutting, drilling, gluing, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #144 Oct 2002 (v.19#6) pg. 70

Technique for sanding and polishing the edges of cut Plexiglas.
WOODSMITH #67 Feb 1990 pg. 5

Working with thermoplastic (Plexiglas) in sheet, rod or tube form.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1965 (v.21#2) pg. 52

"Paint" a floor or counter top using plastic chips and plastic glue poured on the surface to create a waterproof covering. Photos illustrate the process.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1967 (v.23#4) pg. 38

Tips on cutting, drilling, joining and bending Plexiglas.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1971 (v.27#6) pg. 24

How to make a strip heater for bending Plexiglas.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1975 (v.31#2) pg. 72