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I'd like to cut a pair of 1/2" inlay strips from a leftover piece of Bermuda Sand any suggestions as how to do a professional looking job?


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I've never cut inlays.

 

However, I have cut pieces out of wrap.  I would think you would either use a metal yardstick/ruler and a sharp utility blade, probably clamp it down and then cut along the edge of the ruler.  Or, you could possibly take the wrap to a Kinko's and use their long slide cutter thingie (not sure of the name), but I don't know if it would cut thru plastic wrap.

 

I've taken misc. long things to Kinko's to cut them myself using that gadget with no  issues (including vinyl drum wrap once - I had to promise the lady that I would send her a pic of the final product and I did and she thought it was so cool!).....


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Yep, I use the method that JDG just proposed. If the piece I want to cut already has a straight factory edge, I will measure back to the width I want to cut, mark  the cut line at 7" to 10" intervals then clamp over the finished piece back towards my mark with a metal 48" square and cut with a fresh razor knife.

 

My examples show me doing this to a recent project using wood veneer, but of course its exactly the same for vinyl. Good luck and post pics of the project.

 

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?Thanks for the suggestions, I'll let you know how they turn out.


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I think Ward nailed it.....good luck Beemer.....


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If you know someone with an aluminum bending break (siding/window/door tool) I'm sure it could be done pretty easily.  It operates on the same principle as the clamps/straight edge but it applies really solid pressure along the entire length of the piece.


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I use a table saw
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A friend of mine has a veneer cutter and it cuts perfect inlays although I think it is limited as to how wide a strip it can cut. Also it's an expensive looking tool but if you have a local cabinet shop they probably have one and perhaps they could be persuaded  to cut some for you.


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JP, what type of blade on a table saw?  I would think you would rip the wrap to pieces......or at least get a jagged cut, unless it had super small teeth (like a hacksaw).


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Laminate blade. No rake on the teeth. I build a little wooden L jig that I clamp to the table. I raise the blade so it comes
comes up through the bottom piece for a nice clean tight throat around the blade and a tight right angle flat corner.
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Oh, well that's a genius maneuver, dude!


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Thx tricks of the trade!


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I'd like to cut a pair of 1/2" inlay strips from a leftover piece of Bermuda Sand any suggestions as how to do a professional looking job?


Hey BMW, you ever cut thise strips and finish your project? Was hoping we would see some finished pics of a cool hoop.
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