My Hot-Wire Foam Cutting Table!

This is a discussion on My Hot-Wire Foam Cutting Table! within the DIY forums, part of the Sniping Related category; I'm pretty excited about this, I just got my Ni-Chrome wire in the mail today and finished up my hot-wire table. It turned out pretty ...

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 35
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    33

    My Hot-Wire Foam Cutting Table!

    I'm pretty excited about this, I just got my Ni-Chrome wire in the mail today and finished up my hot-wire table. It turned out pretty good after I followed all of the DIY's I could find online

    Here are some pics of it...









    The setup cuts well. I haven't done a complete trace-out yet, but played around with a few pieces of spare foam. The only thing I need to possibly work on if at all is either the dimmer switch or the transformer itself. Reason I mention this is because I have to dial up the dimmer switch about half way before it gives out any juice and then I need to back it down once it clicks on because of too much juice. Other than that, it works like a charm

    Oh, one more thing. Does anyone know if the fumes/smoke from cutting the foam is super hazardous? I know not to directly breath it in, but just want to make sure it isn't, you know, poisonous? (eek).

  2. #2
    Senior Member RePete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    688
    Details/dimensions of the project.

    What transformer etc?
    MFWIC

    Stercus Accidit

    Nice try = you suck spelled differently.

    Proud member of WTFDTSG Club.

    RIP Spike 1996 - 2009

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    33
    Dimensions are 24" x 24" but you can make it any size you feel the need for. Parts are listed below...

    1/2" particle board for table top (home depot scrap - $0.51)
    2 x 4 for legs and underside pieces (home depot scrap - $0.51)
    3' piece of 1/4" zinc plated steel rod (ACE or Home Depot - <$5.00
    30 ga Ni-Chrome wire (ebay - $3)
    14 ga colored wire (Home - $0.00)
    4" screw/bolt (Home Depot $0.99)
    25.2V 2.0A Transformer (Radio Shack - $10.49)
    Dimmer Switch (Home Depot - $3.99)
    Power Cord (Home - $0.00)

    Total time spread through the course of a week = about 4-5 hrs although it could take more or less time depending on your skill and OCD level :P

  4. #4
    Senior Member RePete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    688
    Thanks Chris.

    Job well done.
    MFWIC

    Stercus Accidit

    Nice try = you suck spelled differently.

    Proud member of WTFDTSG Club.

    RIP Spike 1996 - 2009

  5. #5
    Senior Member Longshot38's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montgomery, TX
    Posts
    2,210
    I like it. I love to see people making their own stuff.
    Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you.

    Sum dominus fati: sed sum princeps meae.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    288
    ummm...why?

    what are u cutting?

  7. #7
    Senior Member Savage110's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    661
    Quote Originally Posted by Dcskater602
    ummm...why?

    what are u cutting?
    They are made to cut up the foam in pelican cases nicely.
    Here's the intructions on how to make the basic cutter.:

    http://www.hhhh.org/~joeboy/resources/h ... utter.html

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b ... 695&page=1
    -Felipe

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    33
    Thanks for the words guys

    Here is the foam that I cut today. It came out well for my first time I guess, but still doesn't cut as easily as I expected. Maybe I need to put more tension on my wire, idk.

    Check them out...




    Up close you can see the imperfections but for the most part, it came out well.

    Also, do you guys think I should cut out my top foam for my scope turret and the bolt knob? The case still closes fairly easy without cutting them out, but just want to be on the safe side if needed

  9. #9
    Senior Member RePete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    688
    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Chris
    Thanks for the words guys

    Here is the foam that I cut today. It came out well for my first time I guess, but still doesn't cut as easily as I expected. Maybe I need to put more tension on my wire, idk.

    Check them out...




    Up close you can see the imperfections but for the most part, it came out well.

    Also, do you guys think I should cut out my top foam for my scope turret and the bolt knob? The case still closes fairly easy without cutting them out, but just want to be on the safe side if needed
    Looks good Chris.

    I do have suggestions for you.

    1. Turn the foam around (top and bottom) so that the scope is at the handle side of the case.

    2. Next time leave the bipod on and cut out the foam with it attached.

    3. No need to cut for the bolt or turret.
    MFWIC

    Stercus Accidit

    Nice try = you suck spelled differently.

    Proud member of WTFDTSG Club.

    RIP Spike 1996 - 2009

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    2,088
    looks really good i would turn your foam around so he scop is up.

    All in all for your first time its a pretty good job

    Tom

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 21
    Last Post: 01-13-2012, 09:46 AM
  2. Cutting the foam in a pelican case
    By Bobyjimmie in forum DIY
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 04-18-2009, 07:14 PM
  3. Cutting foam
    By Longshot38 in forum DIY
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 06-22-2007, 02:58 PM
  4. 3800 table gunshow!!!
    By private pyle in forum Misc.
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-23-2007, 08:33 PM
  5. pelican 1750 gun case..cutting foam.
    By spongebob in forum DIY
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-11-2007, 09:27 PM

Search tags for this page

diy foam cutter

,
diy foam cutting table
,

diy hot wire foam cutter

,
foam cutting table
,
homemade hot wire foam cutter
,
hot wire cutting table
,
hot wire foam cutter
,
hot wire foam cutting table diy
,

how to build a hot wire foam cutter table

,
how to make a hot wire foam cutter table
,
how to make a styrofoam cutter
,
radio shack hot wire cutters
Click on a term to search for related topics.