I recently needed to cut 21 circles in some thick cardboard that would allow a toilet paper tube to fit nicely in each hole. Well, the thought of cutting even one circle in thick cardboard was enough to consider any other option. I turned to a drill and forstner bit. I found one that was the perfect size, and in less than 3 minutes, I had 21 perfect circles.
I tried a few different bit sizes just to make sure it wasn't a fluke. All turned out great.
So, if one power tool can speed up the process, why not another one?
A table saw makes short work of cutting straight lines in cardboard. I was able to cut all the tiles and hallways (not pictured) for tier 3 of my B4: The Lost City build in under 4 minutes without making a single mark with a pencil or using a tape measure. I simply used the scale on my rip fence. Way faster and more accurate than doing it by hand.
I realize that most crafters probably wont have these tools, but for those that do, it's just one more option.
I used a bandsaw to cut up pink insulation foam into oddly shaped ovals, to form 3D, modular cavern pieces. I am using the thin, cut-off's, two pieces' flat sides glued together, to form even more cavern pieces. I have been wanting a table saw for a couple of years now. I hope to use it to cut my vinyl floor tile pieces into accurate rectangular bases. I've been cutting them with a scissors, but they are anything but accurate... A table saw is one of the most useful power tools, aside from a Dremel, that a crafter can add to their tool box. I've decided that I will purchase a table saw before next Spring, somehow. Cheers!
I used a bandsaw to cut up pink insulation foam into oddly shaped ovals, to form 3D, modular cavern pieces. I am using the thin, cut-off's, two pieces' flat sides glued together, to form even more cavern pieces.
Can you pretty please share some pics of those cavern pieces?
If someone tells you that you have enough craft suplies and you don't need anymore, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
tauster, I did share some photo's, months back. I need to update the project, though. I'm in the process of nearing completion of them, with over 30 pieces finished, and now I am working on the thin cut-off's, to maximize how many cavern pieces I can harvest from the foam insulation sheet -- reducing wasted cut-off's to very small bits. Originally, I was planning to use a fabric ground cloth, but I have exchanged that idea for the sponge-painted rubber mats as a base. I need to start a new thread with the two concepts combined. I've also updated the techniques for making the modular cavern pieces, as well. I'll put the new topic together within the next week, hopefully. Here is a photo, from the past, to give an idea of the modular cavern pieces. Cheers!
This is a single piece, which demonstrates how they look with figures, giving an idea of scale, and height of the cavern walls.
Here are two cavern pieces butted together, to show how they look when forming a 'joint' in the wall, for a turn, or a continuation of a wall using two pieces. Sorry, no vertical shots of this variation of the cavern pieces -- more to come in the new thread...
erho: Too many minis, not enough time... Am I right?
Oct 29, 2019 21:28:01 GMT
sgtslag: If we could just do away with this whole "work" thing, and supporting ourselves, financially, and otherwise... Life always seems to get in the way of gaming. AHHH!!!...
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:16 GMT
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT