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Old 07-19-2012, 09:41 AM   #11
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According to this sight, eight square feet (24" X 48") of 1/2" clear is about $175. With tax and shipping (To Wisconsin)....almost $226.00!!

http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Lexan_Clear_Polycarbonate_Sheet/LEXAN-CLR-0-500AM24X48

I've worked with polycarb quite a bit, and you have to saw this material to fit which leaves rough edges. Unless you inset the material you then need to polish the edges in some fashion to make it look decent. Way too much work for this guy!

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Around '79 or '80 I got the bright idea of making a clear breadboard, just for working dough. So I went to a local plastics shop and got a piece of polycarb 30" x 30" x 5/8". I had them round the corners and radius and buff out the edges. Paid an arm and a leg for it even then. It was pretty cool for a little while, but got scratched up pretty quickly and it would slide all over the table or countertop unless you put a damp towel under it. In the long run I would have done better in all ways, except replacing something heavy with something even heavier, if I had gone with a piece of marble.

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I thought of making a desk with a piece of polycarbonate set into it, then using soft lighting to illuminate it from underneath.

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