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Tools for cutting styrene

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Tools for cutting styrene
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 12:39 PM
What are the basic tools needed to cut styrene? I'm starting my first scratchbuilding project and it will entail cutting long straight lines on sheet styrene. Thanks in advace.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 1:44 PM
Your best bet would probably be to get some sort of a metal straight-edge and then just scribe along it with the back of a #11 exacto knife. It will take several passes but for simple straight lines that should work just dandy.

Ray
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Posted by dubix88 on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 7:43 PM
HEY,
I agree with ray. Although it may take more than one pass, the finished product is much better than if you were lazy and did it quick.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:50 AM
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:56 AM
Sorry about the last msg (sleep deprivation caused by a newborn). My wife is a quilter and she turned me on to this little gadget, a rotary cutter. It' across from a pizza slicer and an exacto blade. I just use the large wheel, a self healing matt and a good straight edge and with a couple of passes I get nice clean straight cuts. You can find them at any decent fabric store and I have seen them at Walmart .
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Posted by Jim Barton on Friday, June 27, 2003 3:06 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by builder

Sorry about the last msg (sleep deprivation caused by a newborn). My wife is a quilter and she turned me on to this little gadget, a rotary cutter. It' across from a pizza slicer and an exacto blade. I just use the large wheel, a self healing matt and a good straight edge and with a couple of passes I get nice clean straight cuts. You can find them at any decent fabric store and I have seen them at Walmart .


I've seen those and wondered how they would work on styrene. I'm tempted to buy one, now!

Congratulations on the little one! Boy or girl?

To Java959: If you're going to be working with any thicker stuff, a razor saw is good to have on hand. I've got about three saws in my tool kit. I rarely use them, but when I want one. . .

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 27, 2003 3:43 PM
Congratulations on the little one! Boy or girl?

Thanks Jim! A little boy, Thomas Eric Somerset.

As to the use of the rotary cutter just remember where your fingers are! I've seen my wife cut throught 4 pieces of denim stacked! The thicker the stock, the more passes you need.
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