Here is a short clip of it working. Naturally when putting it all back together I busted a lead off of the "E"!
As always ensure you read the entire tutorial to understand all aspects.
Step 1: Cutting and Preparing the Plexiglass
How to cut plexiglass? You have two good ways to cut plexi 1) Table Saw and 2) plexi cutter tool
Option 1) I use a fine tooth blade on a table saw cutting as I would with wood. This is the easiest on large cuts and offers great accuracy in my opinion.
Option 2) Using a plastic scoring tool and breaking of the piece which I suggest that if you haven't done it before to look up how. In order to do it you use a straight edge and the scoring tool and score the plexiglass from edge to edge and then break it by hand. Like I said do a search on how to properly do this. (its not hard to do though)
- Once you are satisfied with the size you can lightly sand the edges of the plexiglass with a grit of 220-320 sandpaper
- Then clean the plexiglass with a soft cloth LIGHTLY and water. Stay away from soap unless you know it won't harm the plexiglass.
- Now we are going to make the edges of the plexiglass smooth again using heat. This part you want to be careful with and I HIGHLY encourage you perfect this with a scrap piece. Simply put use some heat such as a mini butane torch (if the plexiglass is thin a butane lighter may work) and lightly go back and forth over the edges until they are clear.
By making the edges smooth/clear we transfer the LED's light better through the plexiglass.