What is the second best way to precision cut cardboard

Nope, this is why I have to make my own space.

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There’s a non-motorized version version of the Big Shot that is a lot cheaper. My wife has one and has used it for several projects.

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Happy CakeDay! :relaxed:

(Didn’t realize that…I should probably ditch the motorized one…don’t think I’ve ever used it…mainly I just use the Cuttlebug.)

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Thanks! I’m virtually stuffing my face with my virtual slice of cake!

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Do you have a shop press? you can make your own die and press it.

if you don’t have a press, you can make one with auto jacks from harbor freight or the pick-n-pull, like this guy did for pressing apples:


My parents have a friend who built one like this, and they press apples with it every year.
(edit: the one my parents’ friend built uses a bottle-jack)

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I’m so glad I ask, I had no idea that mid duty die cutters existed. Totally knew about light crafter units and the industrial ones. Good to know that there is something in between.

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Thicker cardboard and you could use a jigsaw or saber saw . Or if you needed multiple similar shapes, clamp the cardboard together and use a saber saw. ( that tiny swivel blade is too small for any heavy cardboard). Or even the single handle hack saw -
they only cost a couple dollars.

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I like the die/press option. Another option might be a KNK Force. I would have bought one if I hadn’t just bought a Curio when I found out about it. I believe it can cut most cardboards.

PS - Anyone want to buy a Curio…

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I would use a scroll saw then for interior cuts. You could stack the cardboard 3 high. Drill a start hole. Insert the blade and go to town.

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If this is for packaging, I think knife or die cutter are your options (or laser if you have one handy). Edge quality with any kind of saw is unlikely to be great unless you spend a lot of time/care.

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I’m pretty sure an industrial plotter-cutter like the Black Cat Cougar would do it, but you’d go through a LOT of blades if you’re doing them in bulk. I’d definitely recommend a die if the item is small enough.

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My God! Who on earth would buy the Teal version of that for $333 when the functionally exact same White/Grey model is $80!??

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Buy a Logan Mat cutter. You can cut even heavy mat board. I believe it comes with a bevel cutter but you can buy a straight cut if it’s not included. It has a gauge so you can measure once and then do production cuts. I guarantee this is your best option and then you can always do some nice beveled mats for picture frames.

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If you have a table saw you can do arcs and circles on it.

Over kill jig:

An idiotic version:

Diresta doing it with a circular saw:

Find a middle ground to suit your needs. Plenty more on the web and YouTube. Up side is you can stack cut and depending on setup, easy to change. I have cut cardboard on table saws, and have had good results. But then again I do t know application so I don’t know how good of an edge finish you need.

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Love Stumpynubs he does some good stuff with really bad humor.

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I really want to try to make his thickness sander. End grain cutting boards go a lot faster with one .

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Gerbils… they’ll tear though that cardboard in a matter of minutes and they certainly make complex shapes—that being said, they’re not very good about staying in the lines—they really kind of run with their own vision for a particular project.

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Oh, one other possibility depending on budget and a bunch of other issues: see if there’s a cardboard die-cutting house you can farm the job out to. Some of them apparently have cutting machines with repositionable dies so that you can do not-too-complex designs without the full expense of a die, but without the incredible hassle of handwork. (Some friends did that while working on a project that was way too high-volume for laser but not yet popular enough to pay for a series of dies.)

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Talk about thinking out of the box! (pun intended) A brilliant solution…now implant electrodes in their brains and control the gnawing… :grinning: - Rich

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I guess to scale up you would use goats?

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