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Picture of Cut styrofoam in minutes ( Low Tech yet effective )
 I've always planned to build a foam cutting device but when the time came I was short on time and too cheap to build a machine. This Instructable was created to help anyone looking for a super easy low tech method to make clean styrofoam cuts. Its much more effective than using a razor blade or hand saw and doesn't leave leave little foam bunnies all over the place. This method works especially well for making straight cuts and after gathering your items, you will literally be cutting styrofoam in less than 5 minutes. 

Materials you will need.
1 wire hanger
1 Propane torch 
1 lighter or other ignition device
1 pair of vise grip pliers
3 pieces of scrap 2 x 4 lumber


Step 1: Making the cutter

Picture of Making the cutter
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Bend the curved neck of the hanger straight then attach your vise grip pliers to the end. Lying the hanger on the ground while clamping the vise grips onto the end will help make your cutting tool more uniformed. 

Alternatively you could create any shape with the wire hanger to fit your needs. Making a box shape would also work quite well. 
 
royslade1 year ago
Good one and very simple and low tech.
Chrislee2 years ago
YaHoo! Now we're cookin'. Too easy. Thanks
Does this off-gas a lot? I always use an electric meat carving knife and it works well.
MasamuneX (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
There is a slight amount of it when you are making your cuts. If you watch the video you can see a little bit of it. I would say there is more when you are reheating your wire and there is a bit of styrofoam left on it.