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Old 12-23-2007, 05:25 AM
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How to cut Ampersand board

You can you know!

But you need a rotary saw on a saw table where you can put a guide for the width you want, know the ones I mean?

To protect the edges of the clayboard use masking tape. Work out where you want to cut, tape so that the cut line goes down the middle of the tape (roughly). Then set your saw table with the guide so that the size is right.

It's not hard to cut - if you have that saw and saw table! But it's probably easier, if you have a particular size in mind and really want to use Ampersand, to ask them to cut it for you! They do!
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:37 AM
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

Just a suggestion, if clean edges mean much to you:
When carpenters cut the bottoms of hollow core doors, they often first score the outer layer of the wood with a razor knife to avoid splintering when the circular saw blade cuts the wood. They also use masking tape, as you suggest, but usually in conjunction with the score mark. Since scratchboard doesn't have a grain like wood, splintering might not be a concern, but flaking could be. Scoring might help minimize the flaking.
(Remember the other thing carpenters always try to do: cut on the "waste" side of your score line.)

Use a straightedge when making your score mark - and watch where you put your fingers!
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:41 PM
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

This is very good information to have, thank you. Thank you both.

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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

Being able to cut your own board has HUGE advantages! You'll be able to re-size the boards to exactly the size you need at YOUR convenience, and, You can save some money, too!! 9x12 boards are $4.62 ea at blick, or you can get a 24x36 for $17.50 and cut it into 8 9 x12's, at about $2.19 each! That's less than half.

I haven't cut Scratchboard- But I have cut a LOT of gessoboard, and the cutting is the same. A few pointers-

-The saw itself- The best is a table saw, as you mentioned. You CAN use a band saw, or even a hand saw, but they will be trickier!! The saw itself is nothing more than a motor spinning a blade- the BLADE is the important part! Ideally, a fine-toothed blade is what you need, they are designed for cutting panels smoothly- The blades with fewer teeth are usually for rougher cuts on lumber.

-Tape- It works!! It will reduce the chipping on the board. As mentioned, put it close to the cut line, and cut right through it.

I don't know about the scoring, as I have never tried it, but it might help if you have problems with chipping.
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

if you tape over the ink on a clayboard, will you pull up the ink when you take the tape off?
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

I use the blue painter's tape that you find in paint or hardware stores. It doesn't have the same adhesive as regular masking tape, so it doesn't cure onto the surface or leave a residue. I just tried it on a board covered with india ink and it didn't pull any ink or leave a residue; I left the tape on about 10 minutes, and I really pressed it down just to give it the harshest test. You never want to leave any kind of tape on too long, even the blue tape, just to avoid curing. If you're masking for cutting a board, the tape shouldn't be on more than five minutes or so, I'd guess.
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:46 PM
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

heck..all this time i have been cutting my with a hachet!!!!
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

Rod-man, how did u get those large pieces that you work with anyway?
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

My husband recenty cut down an Ampersand board for me with a band saw. That worked very well, too.
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

my hubby cuts mine for me too - works a treat. Get a little bit of flaking, but nothing that doesn't disappear when you take a nail file to the edge and sand or bevel the edges to equalize everything. Some of my cut boards end up with a small white border around the edge where the clay was exposed and then bevelled...but it makes it look neat and tidy, and gets hidden in the frame anyway.
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Re: How to cut Ampersand board

Ooo.. Where to find a good saw... When I first ordered my very big board from Ampersand, it came in mail broken. They replaced it promptly (I am still in awe - I let them know on Thursday the board was damaged and got a replacement on Tuesday morning. And that meant delivering it from USA to Finland in that time...) But I could perhaps use half of it, if I could have it cut..
Just didn't have the heart to throw it away.

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