One major piece of advice, get some of the nicer, heavier kitchen scissors for it. Get ones with the better handles as well, your hands will thank you there.
For wire cutters, they aren't really the best option there as they often break the wood rather than cut, leaving either completely useless pieces where it fractured or, if you're lucky, stuff that still needs a lot of work.
THere are two types of scissors at the dollar tree. Ones with thinner cheaper handles and the two-tone ones with thicker handles. I bought a pair of the latter the other day and they are making quick work of popsicle sticks and don't hurt my hands. Not bad for $1
After cutting, if there is any distortion, I stand the stick on end, on a cutting board, and clean up with downward motion of pocket knife along corner edge.
I just went out at bought (with a 40% off coupon) the wood cutters mentioned above. They are well worth the price. Not only is it easier on my hands than scissors, they allowed me to cut along the grain with no splitting. I laid a wooden floor for a tavern piece I'm working on, and needed very thin strips to fill in the final partial row. Worked like a charm...well worth the money. Now all I have to do is cut the lengths for the second floor...
I've also been having a lot of trouble cutting the popsicle sticks using thick scissors. The sticks tend to come apart all the time, so I have to glue them back together again after cutting. I tried using a clamp but that didn't help at all unfortunately. Next time I'm gonna try soaking them in water for a while, hopefully that will make them a bit softer.
Regular scissors do the job quite fine... but they destroy part of the thing.
nah i stay with my wire cutters you snap but not to break the thing, then you bend it. that doesn'T break the wood that much. it makes a cleanish cut. like make the semi cut, then bend from left to right. it should cut through the popscicle sticks with ease. at least thats what i do and it works.
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Post by adamantinedragon on Apr 23, 2016 1:28:20 GMT
My experience with wire cutters is that they tend to crush anything more than paper thin. The wood nippers I posted earlier are more like long knife blades, and will cut through popsicle sticks and similar wood pieces without crushing, meaning they can cut in any direction. They also have angle markings right on the base, so you can do very precise cuts for forming corners. They really are worth more than I paid for them.
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