How Do You Cut Foam Board With A Clean Finish?

Decorating By BakerzJoy Updated 13 Nov 2008 , 8:24pm by OhioBaker

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BakerzJoy Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 2:55am
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I have some foam board I bought from the craft store and I need to cut it in half. I have had issues before when cutting it and I feel like I've tried everything. Help!!

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TexasSugar Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 3:11am
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x-acto knife

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countrycakes Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 3:12am
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I use a 'hot knife' that I got from Michael's....it's made by Walnut Hollow, I think.........it works WONDERFULLY! If you don't have access to that, you can use an exacto knife, a craft knife. HTH. thumbs_up.gif

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deetmar Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 7:53am
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I'm like you, I just can't seem to get a clean finish, especially on the 1/2" rounds. My husband was doing it for me, and they were turning out bad, so i tried to do it myself, and it turned out bad.

I thnk my problem is that I am not using the exacto up and down, instead cutting at a slant. I hope that's what it is anyway. I have gone to plates for my round cakes right now.

We have discussed using the 1/4" foamcore and gluing them together.

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snowshoe1 Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 1:42pm
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I use this little device (you can usually find it at an office supplies store (e.g. Staples, etc...)):

http://www.foamcoreheaven.com/xfobocu.html

It sits flat on the foamcore so it cuts a nice 90 deg angle. I find it easiest to first score the foamcore with the blade protruding just a bit. Then set the blade to the depth of the foamcore and and follow your scored line (make sure the device is flat against the board).

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cas17 Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 1:54pm
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i too had issues cutting my fcb cleanly and without the slant so i bought the hot knife (with my michael's coupon) countrycakes described and it works great! love it!!

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OhioBaker Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 1:58pm
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Well, I've never tried to cut a circle, so I'm no help there...but when I just cut my foamcore board in half and I want to get rid of the jagged edges, here's what I do. I don't know if it's the "right" thing to do, but it works for me...

I purchased a nail file...the one that's like a board, not the metal kind...it's about 1"x10"...and I dedicated it to this purpose only. I just take it and gently file the edge of the board that I cut...it works perfectly every time....no more jagged edges.

HTH

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BakerzJoy Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 3:38pm
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Thanks alot everyone, your information has been very valuable to me. I will look into the knife and until then Ohiobaker, your idea with the nail file is genius!!
Thanks again!!

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OhioBaker Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 8:24pm
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BakerzJoy...I had the same issue one day and I thought about it and thought about it and that's what I came up with and it just happened to work. Glad I could help. icon_biggrin.gif

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