A&P foamboard

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  1. Paul Revere

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    anyone who has experience with this, what is the best way to cut it?

    any info on tools to use and/or technique would be great :wavey:
     
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    That'll do the trick :mamoru:
     
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    Depends on whether it's gatorfoam or foamcore.

    Foamcore is the relatively soft stuff you can get almost anywhere, and you can cut it with a simple box cutter/razor knife. Gatorfoam is really hard, and you need to use a fine handsaw to cut it. Something along the lines of a fine toothed keyhole saw works well.
     
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    well, its actually my supervisor here in the library asking about it beacuse she needs to make backs for some exhibit thats going up. im pretty sure its foamcore because she didnt mention anything about a handsaw.

    i'll tell her to use a box cutter and maybe a metal 3ft ruler as a guide

    thanks
     
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    if it is gator and she tries to use a box cutter, she'll be at it for hours and probably lose a thumb. The easy way to tell the difference between gf and fc is if you can bend a corner, it's foamcore. Gatorfoam is too stiff to bend. They look nearly identical.
     
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    thanks
     
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    your best bet for cutting both is an X-acto knife/blade. Gatorfoam can easily be cut with it, just score it then snap it. use a metal ruler to get a good, clean, straight cut.

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    thats pretty much what i recomended
     
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    yeah, but box cutters don't always do the job. X-acto's get a much cleaner and straighter cut
     

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