How to cut plastic storage bins for nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mommy3, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. mommy3

    mommy3 Out Of The Brooder

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    We are building our coop- we have put linoleum (sp?) on the floor of each nesting box but love the idea of using a plastic bin in them. Went to the store and found some that would fit what we already built- but they are too tall. Hubby is worried that if he uses his hand held circular saw ( think that is what it is called) that it will crack or shatter. They are rubbermaid- just wondering if anyone has cut them down and what worked for them. I am thinking I heard somewhere to use a wide masking tape and cut on the tape- would love to hear if anyone has done this!
     
  2. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Do you have a "jig Saw"? If so, on hard plastic you can use a real fine blade(lots of teeth) designed for plastics. If not, and they are soft plastic...just mark even line around the bin the height you want them and scribe with utility knife several times. Or, get a plywood blade for circular saw and go that route. lot's of ways to do it. Depends on material. Just be careful. Good luck.
    Erik
     
  3. tish_matt

    tish_matt Out Of The Brooder

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    We used bins in our coop, i used a razor blade knife to cut out the door hole.
     
  4. quietlyscheming

    quietlyscheming Out Of The Brooder

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    A band saw would work great. I think a pair of heavy duty shears would work just fine though or an exacto blade.
     

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