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Old 10-06-2004, 11:58 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any tips on cutting foam board? I used a box cutter but it just wasn't smooth. Thanks for your help!!

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Your cut wasn't smooth because the blade wasn't sharp. I use box cutters and X-acto knives all the time to cut foamcore and letramax (illustration grade matboard) for my presentation boards, and I know right away that my blade needs to be changed because the edges start to get rough. Get a new blade in there and you should be fine!
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Okay, thanks!! Does your knives cut through the whole board or do you have to turn it over to finish it? I was wondering if I should get an exacto knife if the blade would be a little longer.
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Okay, I hope this works. This is a pic of the mat cutter that I use. I love it. It rests on the top of your straight edge to give a perfect cut. I used one of these to cut out all of my mats in college. (I think you can get it at Staples or Michael's)

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Yay, the picture worked!!

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Looks like I need to take a trip to staples. Thanks so much for your help. I do appreciate it.
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You'll probably also need to do a couple of passes to get it cut all the way through. On the first one, just aim to cut the top "paper" layer. On the second, cut the foam. On the last, cut through the bottom "paper" layer.

If you press too hard (so you can get through it in one pass), you're more likely to get a crooked and uneven cut.
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Several years ago I purchased a foamboard cutter at Michaels I used it for making shakercards. Notice I said used it, it is put away with my other cutters, no longer used.

Logan Series 1500, you can set it for the thickness of your foamboard. One side is straight edge the other side is angled for beveling.

I am putting it on my table tp play with again.
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Okay, thanks!! Does your knives cut through the whole board or do you have to turn it over to finish it? I was wondering if I should get an exacto knife if the blade would be a little longer.
Don't flip the board over -- you'll more than likely partially miss your first cut on the other side, and ruin your edges. Also, ALWAYS use a steel ruler for your straight-edge! The blades are razor-sharp, and will take slivers out of anything else.

I use a retractable utility knife with snap-off blades, and snap off the last one right before cutting my boards so I have a fresh blade. I can usually get through foamcore perfectly in two passes (sometimes only one) if the blade is sharp. I know they have those little things at the back end of the knife that you're supposed to be able to use for breaking off the old blade, but it never works -- often I damage that little flimsy piece of plastic before I even come close to snapping the blade! I use a pair of needle nose pliers, which has the added benefit of keeping my fingers away from the blade. While it may no longer be sharp enough to cleanly cut foamcore, it'll still slice through skin quite nicely!
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Jean Baird who is from the Museum of Rubber is often doing foam board cutting on Carol Duvall. Her method is three passes with a very sharp craft knife. With each pass you go just a bit deeper until it is cut through. Her's always looks very good. She also suggested a light rubbing of a fine sanding block if you need the ends real smooth.
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