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Old 01-22-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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Cutting foam...

What is a good/easy way to cut foam?

I need to cut 4-5" and 2" foam. I tried a razor knife on the 2" and it made a mess. So I switched to sissors which worked but was a stuggle on the 2" probably not possible on the 5" stuff.

I'm sure pros have something special for this, but what can I use at home?
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Old 01-22-2005, 08:47 PM   #2
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Cutting foam...

Greetings Tim!

While I don't have first-hand experience with the cutting, I did observe the process and the tool being utilized was an electric carving knife.

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Hello,

I have seen the electric carving knife used on all those decorating shows also. Thought it was funny that something you only use once or twice a year could be usefull elsewhere besides the kitchen.

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Cutting foam

Yes, the electric knife is the right tool for the job. We have used this successfully several times. The trick is to mark your line on the foam and try to keep the knife vertical as best you can.
Good luck on the project.
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You didn't say what you were making with the foam. A gaucho/mattress rebuild? Post pictures, please.
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I figured it was something like that. Is this something I can pick up cheaply?

loudruff.... I'm making cushions for my newly built dinette... if it ever gets finished!
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What is a good/easy way to cut foam?
Hi Tim,
Can't wait to see your upholstery job
With foam dull works better than sharp. If you don't have an electric knife try a nice long bread knife.

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Electric knife

You can find electric knives in Wal Mart, KMart of just about any discount store.
If you have a GoodWill or thrift store nearby you may be able to find one there too. We bought our last one at Wal Mart for about $10, I think.
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Can't wait to see your upholstery job
With foam dull works better than sharp. If you don't have an electric knife try a nice long bread knife.

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Now we're talking. I got one of them ginsu sets to cut up my coke cans
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Call me dense, but it just dawned on me what you guys are talking about.

You are talking about one of those electric knives people carve turkey's with?

While I still don't have one, but now I know what to borrow
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That is wwwaaayyyy too much work! Find an electric knife and do yourself a favor. The cut will be smoother and less hassle. I have tried it both ways.
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Yep! Now you're with it!! If you have a big job to do it is a good investment. And you can use it on the turkey, roast and ham in between times. LOL
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Foaming at the mouth!

Tim:
The fine tooth bread knife works for me - just do short strokes, not too deep at a time.
A DIE GRINDER does a great job for bevelling and any shaping. Practice on a scrap first.
ANOTHER TIP: when inserting foam into sewn covers wrap foam in dry cleaning bags and it will not bind up on you.
You'll also get extended life and a better feel if you apply a thin layer of the 'white woven stuff' that they sell where you buy foam -not sure what it's called , but it also allows youi to shape nice corners and pad wherever you need to. Apply it with adhesive spray.
GO FOR IT TIM!!
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A bandsaw will cut foam very cleanly. I do woodworking as a hobby and often cut up foam for "one use" paintbrushes for small projects. Any bandsaw will work. I use a one that has 4 teeth per inch. It cuts very easily and does not gum up the blade as I thought it might the first time I tried it. But if you are cutting a large piece, like for a bed, you will probably need someone to help you hold it. I've never tried an electric saber saw, but that might also work.

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