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Cheap DIY Cork Cutting Fixture
keenan
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 01:47 AM UTC
I was cutting 3/32nd cork sheet into .125" strips with a straight edge and and a scalpel and getting suboptimal results. After seeing cork cutters on-line I decided to build my own. Got got a piece of .125" thick aluminum plate and cut two strips 10" long. I glued one strip on top of the other, with the top strip overlapping the bottom strip by .125" Then I glued the aluminum strips to a chunk of blue Teflon. (You could glue the aluminum strips to anything that that won't dull your blades.)
I also bought a Fiskars roller cutter for about $10.
Tuck the cork sheet under the top aluminum strip, hold the cork sheet against the bottom strip and slice away with the roller cutter.






Let me know if you have any questions, comments.
timmyp
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM UTC
Good deal! Nothing like having a jig to mass produce a whole bunch of parts. Out of curiosity:

where did you get the blue Teflon?

what are the cork strips going to be used for?

Tim
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:59 PM UTC
My guess on the teflon is he got it at work.... LOL

Any Cutting board (plastic or wood) material would work in place of it.

I bet he's doing a bit of brick work!!!
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 05:01 PM UTC
Tim,
Matt is right on both counts. We buy that Teflon/Nylon in 4' x 8' sheets at work to line sand chutes so the steel chutes don't wear. There is always some odd size chunks left over. I just used that because it was on hand.
I am going to cut the strips into .250' lengths and use them to make a cobblestone (brick)street for a Remagen diorama I am working on.



keenan
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 08:17 PM UTC
Bunches 'o Bricks.

timmyp
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 12:03 PM UTC
Cool. Your Pershing (it is a Pershing, yeah?) looks great. I hope you post some more pics as things progress.