Introduction: Cutting Safety, Box Knife, Xacto, Guides and Tips

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 The object of this instructable is to, while creating or doing projects, is to think about safety while using tools.
I have singled out cutting , because I am currently slicing a lot of vinyl in projects and thought it would be an opportune time
to show some safety tips and and inexpensive cutter guides for blades, that can be made on the cheap . If you've price a cutter guide .you might be shocked at the cost. I was.

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I'm a firm believer in the re-use/recycle of stuff. with a little thought scrap items and junk just laying around can be turned into useful
 tools
 Items I put together:
 1. mini-din rail- 50 cents from a scrap enclosure
 2. threshold for carpet- neighbors trash
 3. drawer/door handles- stripped from old cabinets over the years

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Mark hole location for mounting and drill holes

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There  are many way to fasten handle to guide,
bolt and nuts
screws
pop rivets
I welded a handle to a 1 inch x 48 inch piece of angle iron to cut drywall

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Something to think about when cutting:
 Sharp cutters work better
 Hand protection is a must
 Cut away from your body/ or at least make sure body parts are  NOT in line of the cut
  Anticipate what might happen if blade slips
 Hold both guide and blade with a relaxed but firm grip.

Comments

metalglue (author)2012-02-27

Thank you, just grabbed the leather gloves for effect, There are many better choices for gloves as you mentioned. I have a pair of "kevlar" knit gloves that work really well, While we're on the subject, It's important to pick the right glove for the task but also pick something you like, with the correct fit. Their is always an excuse not to put on gloves( I am guilty of this too!!). If you stick something in your hand or slice a finger, excuses are foolish. Once again thanks for the complement

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