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The Business Of Upholstery => The Business Of Upholstery => Topic started by: MinUph on August 22, 2017, 04:56:29 AM

Title: hot knives
Post by: MinUph on August 22, 2017, 04:56:29 AM
So how do all you that use hot knives do it. Do you use a yard stick under the cut, a sheet of something to protect the table? What tricks can you put into words? I just ordered a knife. Tired of all the fraying.
Title: Re: hot knives
Post by: brmax on August 22, 2017, 06:52:52 AM
Yes Paul the aluminum yard sticks I found work great. Just as you thought and also if available I have said many times to myself that the local hvac shop has aluminum. I should say the industrial type shops, I have two shops here locally. These shops have been there for me on many projects through the years.

Good day there
Floyd
Title: Re: hot knives
Post by: Mojo on August 23, 2017, 06:56:49 AM
Paul:

We use hot knives everyday. I installed a 3 inch wide piece of stainless to the edge of the tables to use as a cutting surface. Cleans up real nice and is great for a cutting surface.

If you want to stop at the shop I can see what I have around that you can use to cut on.

Mojo
Title: Re: hot knives
Post by: brmax on August 23, 2017, 04:40:44 PM
Good idea on that stainless Chris 
Its seems a small square say a foot or bit bigger would be good when Im cutting holes in the canvas for vents and such. 
Along with another strip for moving around the table could be handy, say 1 each for the typical measures.  I just say that because 60" or wider canvas but you all know not everything comes 36" and it is a pain to move as ya get to the other table side. Chris the 3" wide can be a great benefit with the choices, good tip!. I did find some short rules in aluminum from an art supply that have a rubber or neoprene on the bottom, and recessed back from edge slightly. These really stick and are handy both hot knife and rotary.  Blicks place westward, having the 12 and 18" works for me on small work these really kick.

Now ya got me thinking, have a good day all
Floyd

http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-aluminum-non-slip-rulers/
Title: Re: hot knives
Post by: MinUph on August 23, 2017, 06:03:29 PM
Thanks for all the tips guys. I think I'll pick up a section of Formica to have on the table to cut on. Got the knife today. Had it on for a second and touched it. Man it gets hit fast LOL.
Title: Re: hot knives
Post by: Mojo on August 24, 2017, 12:03:09 PM
Paul:

I found a piece of 4 inch stainless that is about 8 ft long. If you want it come and get it.

We have tried everything to cut on and found that this stainless is the best. It attaches to the edge of the table. We have them on all of our tables. I tried aluminum but it seemed to be a heat sink.
The stainless holds up well too and is easy to clean because the hot knife will melt the acrylic and can stain the surface and then gets wiped onto the next piece of fabric you out down.

One other hint. Use a fan to blow the fumes away from your face.

Mojo
Title: Re: hot knives
Post by: MinUph on August 24, 2017, 04:43:26 PM
Hey Chris. Thanks for the offer. I will give you a call when I can stop by and take you up on the offer. Thank you.
Title: Re: hot knives
Post by: 65Buick on August 24, 2017, 07:46:52 PM
In all the Sailrite videos on YT, they use a stainless yardstick.