Tips on cutting 1"x1" squares out of a thin sheet of pressed wood


Hi everyone, I don't know if I'm posting in the right place, but I figured I'd try anyways.

So I'm working on a project, but I have little experience with woodworking tools and methods. I found some nice scrap sheets of pressed wood that are about 1/8" thick that would be perfect for an idea I had to make some tiles for a game.

I need to cut these sheets into 1"x1" inch squares and the squareness is important for the pieces to fit together in the long run. From what I've seen "Rail Saws" would be appropriate for something like this, but it's such a small project that I don't think spending that much money on renting one would make much sense. I also considered making my own tool using some kind of sliding mechanism using raisl and an xacto knife since the wood is so thin, but I figured I'd ask here before!

I have access to a circular saw and a jigsaw and so was thinking maybe some kind of rail system using them would be appropriate as well, but I'm not quite sure as to how to go about doing it.

I appreciate any help! Thanks!

Kiteman7 years ago
Anything wrong with a circular saw on a rotary tool and finishing off with sandpaper?

lemonie7 years ago

I'd use a sharp knife like caitlins' suggests. You need to finish with a nice edge, saws can make a mess of thin stuff. Unless you can get the use of a laser-cutter...?

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caitlinsdad7 years ago
You could just get a piece of metal flat bar stock that is one inch wide or if you have a ruler that wide to use as a straightedge guide for your utility knife. Butt up the edges to a wall or stop to keep everything aligned.

I have on of those old guillotine type paper cutters. You might be able to use one of those to chop up your pieces but longer strips may curl up.

Know of any people with a tile cutter, you can at least use that to score lines in your wood and then finish the cut with a utility knife.

Good luck.
adjeprado (author)  caitlinsdad7 years ago
Great suggestions, i'll look into the options! Thanks!