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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2010 03:16 am
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Ran across this gadget while buying supplies for a school project for my daughter at Hobby Lobby.


http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?dep=50&cat=12&subcat=1&IsOnSale=0&IsFeatured=0&IsNew=0&ItemId=72365


I did a search and they are available at lots of other places for various prices.

May not be worth the plastic and metal it is made from but here it is.

Looked like a lot cheaper way to go than the hot wire cutters that sell for several times the price of this thing.

Wire looked to be about 5 - 6 inches long and about as thick as the plastic ink holder in a BIC stick pen.


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Looks like the prod must get hot and work like the hot wire cutters.

Also looks like it's battery powered.

Looks like the Energizer Bunny will send a thank you card if you buy one.


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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2010 08:47 pm
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Looking at it in the package at the store, it does look like the prod gets hot.

Kind of like the hot wire cutters that use nichrome-wire.

The one I looked was 110v and had a power pack that plugged into the wall.





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:mex: Doesn't that smoking  pink foam smell wonderful ! 

???  I wonder how many carcinogens are involved with breathing such ?


Ventilation is a must in close quarters.

 



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I have a nice Woodland Scenics hot wire cutter but never use it!
I prefer to use an old drywall saw, a large serrated butcher knife, and a long serrated bread knife to cut foam.
I have used these high-tech tools on thick foam and glued up foam for scenery.
Maybe there's "foam dust" everywhere, but there ain't any smell and no nichrome wire that breaks at the worst possible time.
How do I get a relatively smooth and straight edge on my foam pieces?
After cutting, I find a nice flat area in Muj's driveway and "sand" the piece until it is smooth. Works every time.
I should do a tutorial on this.........naaaw, nobody would believe it.   

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I use an Electric Carving Knife, borrowed from the kitchen.

So far no cost but one day the little lady will realize its missing. 

Then I shall be in deep ****


By the way it works well.


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Woody, sounds like a plan!

Of course static electricity would add a challenge.  :) 


What grit of paper are you using? 

I've been using 80 grit and a cross cut hand saw, when I get fumed on changing out cutter wire.


Don I would suggest not using the electric knife to carve the festive beast.  :)

Although it would add an interesting flavor.  :P




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Bob-I use whatever grit is in Muj's driveway.
I simply stand the foam piece that I want to be smoothed on edge in the driveway and push it back & forth till all is fair.
If you try this, just be sure you have a nice flat area and then fire up the garden hose and wash off the dust.
I like to do all the foam cutting outside (heck, the layout is out there)
and preferably on a somewhat windy day so the blue dust can spread happiness across the neighbors' lawns.  

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 Posted: Thu Feb 11th, 2010 10:41 pm
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:thumb:  long lasting media no doubt!  :Salute:






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