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rickles23

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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2017, 03:02:59 PM »

Hi,


If not for the modeling brigade, Band-aids would go broke.


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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2017, 10:47:27 PM »


Yes, any type of metal profile with finger protection is way to go. :-)) :-))

Not only for plywood but same "tools" for cutting styrene etc.

Fingers are important and much better using above tools than going to emergency spewing blood everywhere. <*< <*<
You need to keep all the blood you have. O0 O0
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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #27 on: February 26, 2017, 11:14:48 AM »


I would like to see people's pictures of the finger guard cutting rulers please.  How many types and recommendations can the members show and which is the best in your opinion.

I am still looking for the ultimate best tool for the job, as I'm running out of bandages.

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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2017, 09:35:09 PM »

As others have said, a Stanley knife with a good blade is adequate for thin ply - it has never failed me. As for safety, I use a length of 3/4" light aluminium angle - safe as houses Kenny! :-)) (I have one of those rulers and found them not very good at protection of my digits)
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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2017, 09:45:49 PM »

Thanks Nemo.   I find that aluminium tends to be shaved  (over time) by the blade, so a steel version with a protection shield is the thing to look out for.

ken
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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2017, 10:09:48 PM »

I have a metre rule, with 2 big grooved for the blade and multiple smaller ones between
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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2017, 10:11:39 PM »

Ok has anyone used a Chain mail glove....like the ones the butchers use




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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #32 on: February 27, 2017, 12:42:17 AM »

Thanks Nemo.   I find that aluminium tends to be shaved  (over time) by the blade, so a steel version with a protection shield is the thing to look out for.

ken

Ken,
A Solution.
Lower the blade angle so it "rests" against the guide.
A near vertical angle will tend to "cut into" whatever guide you are using. Instead of drawing the blade across the surface.
The lower angle puts more blade against the guide, straighter cut less effort reduced slippage.

Unless you change the angle, you will still shave the steel guide and blunt your blades more frequently. O0 O0

I use a cutter with a wide adjustable blade, the snap off type, this allows more or less blade to be exposed for the task at hand.
Also I always re-hone the blade after use, until it is past its use by date, before breaking off the "end".
Stanley knives don't give you very good control during use, as they are more suited for harder, less accurate rougher work.
My other knife is a scalpel, but  watch the fingers because it is painless cutting them.

Look closely at a 'Stanley' blade and you see it's cutting edge is 'V' shaped which does not allow accurate cutting along a line or straight edge. The same applies for the adjustable blade knife, however the blade is thinner and you can expose more blade length so that the flat of the blade runs along the straight edge.

My knives are like chisels, different ones for different tasks but the main two used are,
1. Wide break off blade type
2. Scalpel, with several with different blade shapes.

Practice it and see how you go.
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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #33 on: February 27, 2017, 03:33:53 AM »

Hi,


When cutting always use soft strokes.


I use at least three strokes of the blade to make one cut.


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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #34 on: February 27, 2017, 07:00:00 PM »

As Mr Punch would say - 'That's the way to do it!'  :-))
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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #35 on: February 27, 2017, 08:17:21 PM »

Ok has anyone used a Chain mail glove....like the ones the butchers use




Dave
yes, but not for model making. that said I was given a pair of kevlar gloves at work, for use when they banned stanley knives, after finding the alternative to cut the foamboard for the signs I used to make at 30,000 they gave in and let me use the stanley knife - with the gloves (the alternative to cut 3mm foamboard was a powered guillotine).
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Re: cutting thin plywood
« Reply #36 on: February 27, 2017, 08:23:05 PM »

 
I knew there must be more to it than I thought.  Thanks for the ideas fellas.    :-))

ken
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