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Cutting Kitchen board

Old 03-15-2005, 11:54 AM
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Default Cutting Kitchen board

I went to my local Wally-world to look for kitchen board. For some reason, I hadn't quite realized that this was regular cutting board material. How am I supposed to cut this stuff? Its tough stuff!!!!
Old 03-15-2005, 12:38 PM
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I use a jig saw and run it real slow, or the cutting board will melt back together. Also some use a band saw at slow speed. Use the search on here (RCUinvers) to find out more or go over on Spadworld.net a search there. Good luck.
Old 03-15-2005, 01:53 PM
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You can use a hacksaw or any type of hand saw with fine toothed blades that look like they will do the job. You will need to drill 2 large holes near the inside corners of the engine notch, to allow the blade to make a 45 degree turn. Be careful with any sort of powered saw, as this material will fuse back together quite easily.
Old 03-15-2005, 06:57 PM
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hacksaw. coarse file on the rough (if any) edges.
Old 03-15-2005, 09:01 PM
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I've been using the bandsaw method to cut all the hdpe cutting board stuff wether it be a flat motor mount (like a spa3dt or pqhor uses) or a "L" beam or "T" style hdpe mount that I've used on the spadet and my balsa planes. I figure you can get more than 30 bux worth of store bought motor mounts out of one 11x14 american chef cutting board and those are only 6 bux at wally world.

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Old 03-15-2005, 10:12 PM
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Ive been using a coping saw to cut it and it works great. Used it on the PVC too, much cleaner than a dremel!!

Check some of the discount "dollar" stores. I found one in town here that has
cutting boards for $3.99 for a 16" x 12" in Red White or Blue.

Figuring it this way...

16x12 = 192 Sq/in. (area of cuttingboard)

2.5x2.5 = 6.25 sq/in. (firewall area)

192 / 6.25 = 30.72 firewalls (figure 30)

423 / 30 = ~ 14 cents for each firewall......got to love spadding!!

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Old 03-15-2005, 10:58 PM
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I use a jig saw, and I've found some good, Swiss-made, high carbon steel jigsaw blades work quite well. The sides of these blades are smooth (no jagged teeth sticking out beyond the sides) and they make nice smooth cuts in HDPE. I use 4" long 10TPI blades. I don't need the length for cutting, but the larger blade dissipates the heat better to help keep the HDPE from melting. Too fine a blade (much more than 10TPI) will generate more heat and melt it as well. Here's a photo of some Milwaukee blades I picked up at a Sears Hardware store, these work very well. I tried several different types of blades before settling on these...
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Old 03-18-2005, 06:05 PM
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Is there a reasonable substitute that I can use for poly?
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Reasonable substitute??

What kind of problems are you having with it? The stuff is pretty easy to work with, even with hand tools.

It's not expensive, a piece of aircraft plywood will cost a little less,
but you get less of it and it isn't any easier to work with than the poly board.

You may have to shop around to find it really cheap, but it is the easy stuff to work with.

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Old 03-18-2005, 11:09 PM
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The poly that I have at my walmart is quite stiff. Then the fusing back together part, seems difficult. I'll give it a shot though.
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I used my table saw and carbide disk on rotor tool for inside cuts. No problems.

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Old 03-18-2005, 11:31 PM
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I used a small coping saw......
Old 03-19-2005, 11:32 PM
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Default RE: Cutting Kitchen board

If you have it, a table saw will cut HDPE very cleanly and quickly. A jigsaw should be easy enough, and any method that gets a clean cut is very good. The dremel tool might be a lot of work and frustration.

Here's a thought----find a local cabinet shop and tell them what you are doing. Many (some) are willing to let you use the tool for a short time if you work around their schedule.
Old 03-20-2005, 12:00 AM
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Default RE: Cutting Kitchen board

I got lucky and found a 10 inch table band saw. $25.00( I love garage sales )
It has spoiled Me to no end, if it broke today I'd go out and by a new one immediately...LOL
The poly cutting board is a pain to cut but Patience is the key.
I also have a table size drill press, it makes quick work out of swiss cheesing pvc or tubular aluminum fuses.
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A $25 Band saw? Now I'm just jealous. I had to give $65 for my "factory reconditioned" Ryobi at one of those "truckload" sales. After just two months, I am sure it is the best money I have spent yet. So many things are easy that used to be just frustrating. I wish I had got this before I bought the scroll saw ($45 Delta close out).

Seriously, there are a lot of great bargains to be had in those garage sales. Modeling doesn't require all the horsepower in the world, and many home shop owners lust after the next great deal from the big box. This generates bargains galore, if you will spend the time to find them.

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