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TheTSArt
« on: July 14, 2010 11:21:54 AM »

Hello!

Could anyone here tell me the best way to cut cardboard? 

I have tried X-Acto blades, smaller crafting blades and scissors.  I always end up with crumpling, dimples, bending and so forth.  My goal is to get a straight, clean cut--leaving the perfect wavy pattern in the middle intact.  (I would like to leave the cut ends visible.)

I see things created in this style but I just haven't figured out how to replicate it.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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TeriLynn
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010 11:28:52 AM »

I did a picture frame of exposed corrugation all stacked & glued once, and I got pretty good straight cuts with a new Xacto knife and a metal ruler. Once they were stacked, some imperfections could be ignored, though. My biggest problem was doing the miter cuts- I never did get the angles perfect to fit really cleanly. Beyond that, I don't know. If it's a small piece, you might try one of those guillotine style paper cutters if you have access to a sharp one. They're pretty expensive.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010 12:00:45 PM »

I did a picture frame of exposed corrugation all stacked & glued once, and I got pretty good straight cuts with a new Xacto knife and a metal ruler. Once they were stacked, some imperfections could be ignored, though. My biggest problem was doing the miter cuts- I never did get the angles perfect to fit really cleanly. Beyond that, I don't know. If it's a small piece, you might try one of those guillotine style paper cutters if you have access to a sharp one. They're pretty expensive.

Good luck!

TerriLynn, thanks for the response!  Just curious, do you remember when you did your frame, did you do your cuts in a single pass with a lot of pressure or did you do repeated, lighter cuts?  Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010 09:29:36 PM »

I have to second TeriLynn's response about the exacto knife. Whenever I cut cardboard or book boards, I use an exacto knife with multiple cuts. Not necessarily super light cuts, but trying to slice all the way through the board in one go will either snap the very tip of your blade off or just hurt your hand. Smiley I use reasonably moderate pressure and 4-10 cuts to get all the way through, depending on the type of board. And after testing out a little strip just now, I would say a lighter hand would be preferable for keeping the middle intact (although it doesn't need to be THAT light, since cardboard is so springy...). I think the key is a sharp blade...
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2010 10:36:07 AM »

I second KittenMittens' response. Repeated, semi-light cuts. The metal ruler really helps-I always slice into plastic ones, and without the ruler, I am incapable of a straight line! In fact, I need a non-skid backer on the ruler or I can't even hold it still. I'm kind of uncoordinated...
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2010 08:14:36 PM »

What about using a box cutter (w/a new blade) ? It is bigger than an exacto, the handle is bigger also so you'd get better control. Do use a metal ruler & GO SLOW.
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2010 09:48:29 AM »

I use a brand new utility razor blade... you can buy them in bulk at a hardware store. These things stay sharp a lot longer than the exacto knife. It keep it straight I use a metal ruler. Seems to work well for me.
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