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Tips for cutting foam board?

Postby terryzom » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:31 pm

I'm finding it difficult to make symmetrical, consistent cuts for diorama panels. Have tried Xacto, scissors, box cutters etc. Almost seems like a flat blade is more effective. Any thoughts?
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Re: Tips for cutting foam board?

Postby Green Skin » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:06 pm

If you have one available try an electric carving knife, they work very well for me.
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Re: Tips for cutting foam board?

Postby terryzom » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:45 am

Thanks Green Skin, unfortunately we do not have one of those--although the uses are numerous I'm sure so it's a tool for consideration!

Any other thoughts would be appreciated.
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Re: Tips for cutting foam board?

Postby Pock63 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:04 am

if you wipe the blade of your knife periodically with acetone, gasoline, or fingernail polish remover, all three will assist in cutting through the board.
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Re: Tips for cutting foam board?

Postby terryzom » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:10 pm

Thanks Pock, I will give the acetone a go--I feel like the blades are just inclined to rip-cut and snag on the board at various points. No wonder Tri-fold board is so expensive!
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Re: Tips for cutting foam board?

Postby ole jade jaw » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:50 pm

Use a breakaway knife and hold it at the lowest angle possible. Don't try to cut all the way through on the first pass.
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