the wheel rediscovered.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by jim currie, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    announce1 I think I have have discovered the wheel again:D might not be the first modeler to stumble on this but in doing the #1 challange cutting the styreen sheets was not going well . the other night at chat Catt and i talked about using a rotary paper cutter for scoring the sheets before snaping them went to Staples and got one so far it works great you can line up scribe lines with the edge of the cutter and two or three passes works well .I got the 6" one would recomended a 12" one ,can't score sheets the long way with the 6" one.

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  2. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Very slick idea, Jim! :thumb: How much did it cost?
  3. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Cid the one i got was 10$ but the 12 " is only 14 or 15$ that is the size i would recomend
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, now you tell us. I wish I had that a couple of weeks ago. Holding a ruler while trying to scribe a line with a knife isn't alway accurate, or fun... I'm going to check Michael's out, they ran a "40% off one item" coupon in the paper yesterday.

    Thanks Jim, this is a great tip...:thumb:
  5. Tayder

    Tayder Member

    Cheez!! I've got a 12" cutter like that and it never dawned on me to try it with styrene. Thank you for the tip! Life will be even MORE fun now! :)
  6. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Don the one Michael's has is not a rotary and it is higher priced , i got mine at Staples you might also try office Max.:wave: .With the one i got I have been able to make .035 cuts off the end of .040 styrene thin stuff like .010 cuts clean with 2 passes.

  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Off to Staples I go. :D:D

    Thanks Jim for the great Idea. :thumb:
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks Jim, good thing I didn't go there today. There's an Office Max right next to Michael's there on Grand Ave. and Bell Rd.

    One thing I've been using for getting narrow cuts on styrene is a "balsa stripper" that I bought from Micro Mart a few years ago. It has an adjustable xacto blade on it and I can get straight parallel cuts up to about one inch. It's a bit tricky to use on styrene, great on balsa wood though...:rolleyes:
  9. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Thanks for the feedback jim. Guess I'll have to get one myself.
    How thick a piece of styrene can you cut?
    Still want the Chopper2 though.......
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I use a corkback ruler (no slippage) and a rotary cutter I got from my wife's quilting supplies... ;) :D

  11. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Andrew i tried getting my wifes rotary cutter and got my knuckels smacked with a coark backed ruler :)

    88 the thickest i can do on this one is .060.

  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    You were right, Michael's didn't have anything but a regular cutter, which surprises me since they are a craft store with a very large scrapbooking section. It's not that I didn't believe you, but that 40% off coupon forced me to go look just in case. :D

    Office Max had a choice of probably eight different ones, all 12" and they ranged in price from about $12 up to $40. Most were under $20. One was hanging a few counters down from the others since it was marked "craft paper trimmer", and I guess it was too embarrased to be with the rest of the plain ordinary paper cutters.:rolleyes: Peggy spotted that one :thumb:. I tried to see how much space was under the cutter slides, and it looks like the craft one had the most space, maybe as much as .100 inch.

    Just thought I'd pass this on in case anyone else went looking.:wave:
  13. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Jim,I think I should stop chatting with you.:D I went to Office Max and found one for $50.00 that almost came home with me.Why would I even concider paying $50. you ask? Oh cause it would do up to 10 sheets of paper.Oh and it would cut pieces up to 15" long (the plastic I use is 14 1/4" wide by 44" long)

    No I didn't buy it ---------yet.:D But I sure am thinkin about it.
  14. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Catt i looked at the high priced one too and drooled :)

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