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rtbaron
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  1:46:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been using this tool for years and for those who have not seen it here it is for a perfect and clean corner if doing buildings in foamboard. I use it all the time since I'm doing O scale and need shard corners. After making a core of faomboard then its ready for basswood or siding. Enjoy

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Peterpools
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  2:20:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Richard
Thanks for the information and photos. Any suggestions where to buy it on line?
Peter



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rfmicro
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  3:03:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peter,

Here is one vendor for the rabbet cutter.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz149/09/

Regards,
Trent



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hvig
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  3:20:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit hvig's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Richard.

I have one of those, and I'm using it in HO to make light portable modules for the kids.

I haven't had much trouble with the rabbet cutter, but I am having trouble clamping the 30" edge so that the completed joint is tight and square along the entire length.

I am afraid to clamp it for fear of squishing the foam core to the point where it doesn't want to spring back. I'm thinking of taking a 2x2 and taking two cuts on the table saw to make a square for the inside and an L for the outside, then clamping will be possible.

Do you have any other tricks to getting this joint as clean and precise as possible?

I haven't started construction yet, and since I see you also use the rabbet cutter, I though I would ask you or any other members that drop by this thread.

Thanks,



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rtbaron
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  3:42:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Harry,

If I were to cut a 30" piece the trick for me would be to start with a straight edge. The rabbit
tool follows the edge and there would be no need for clamping. A straight cut with an exacto knife
and a t-Square should do the trick.



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Peterpools
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  4:10:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Trent
Thanks. ordering a few tonight.
Peter



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bpate
Fireman



Posted - 03/24/2007 :  5:05:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Richard, now I may have to buy another 'must have' tool I simply can't do without.

Lets see:

Less than $10 in the USA (seems like a fair price)
11 (that is about $22) in the UK (that would be right)
and not available in Australia (typical!)

Still looks like a very handy tool.



Edited by - bpate on 03/24/2007 5:15:39 PM

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elwoodblues
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Posted - 03/24/2007 :  11:14:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Richard,

Thanks for the Idea, I recently converted to On30 and am starting to use foamboard. This tool will sure come in handy. Going to have to o to my local and supply dealer and see if I can get one of those.


Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://cvry.ca

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Quinn222
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Posted - 03/25/2007 :  06:44:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bpate


and not available in Australia (typical!)

Still looks like a very handy tool.



It's a pretty common tool for artists, check your local artist supply places and you'll probably find something similar.



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LVRALPH
Fireman



Posted - 03/25/2007 :  07:26:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Richard. I was just getting ready to order some stuff from D Blick tonight. I will piggyback that on top!


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Bosco5
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Posted - 03/25/2007 :  07:58:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bosco5's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Richard:
Thanks for posting about the foamcore cutting tool. Like Barry said, this might be one of those "must haves". I've always had a problem using just an Xacto blade for cutting the flaps for joining two sides of a building.

I think I'll be visiting Mr Blick's web store soon.




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bpate
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Posted - 03/25/2007 :  4:45:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Quinn222

quote:
Originally posted by bpate


and not available in Australia (typical!)

Still looks like a very handy tool.



It's a pretty common tool for artists, check your local artist supply places and you'll probably find something similar.



Thanks Christina, I'll do that.



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