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Circle cutter/puncher

#1 Postby The Dread Polack » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:49 pm

I have a circle cutter, but its not very good for anything under a couple inches. Anyone know of something good for around 1"?

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#2 Postby Mike Zebrowski » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:57 pm

what are you trying to cut?

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#3 Postby The Dread Polack » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Either stickers or Cardstock. I'm thinking of making some custom bennies and/or some status counters. I'm more likely to buy printable round labels, but I'd still like to have something that'll do it, if possible.

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#4 Postby VonDan » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:11 pm

I get a set of these once a year at my local Harbor toys

http://www.harborfreight.com/9-piece-hollow-punch-set-3838.html

As hard as i use them it is not worth it to me to get the high end ones at $20 each for the small sizes


Harbor Toys used to have CHEAP sets of gasket punches like these that i use for .5" to 2.5" circles in leather and abs plastic

http://www.allstategasket.com/info_gasket-tools-punch01.asp

http://www.reidsupply.com/products/metalworking/cutting-tools/hand-tools/gasket-punches-cutters/
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#5 Postby Cutter XXIII » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:14 pm

I don't like the sound of that Cutter-puncher.

Glad this thread's not about me. :)
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#6 Postby Mike Zebrowski » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:31 pm

Michaels has a number of hole punches for scrapebooking. I have a 1" circular one that works pretty made by Fiskar. (http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Crafti ... ze-Punches)

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#7 Postby The Dread Polack » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:41 pm

Mike Zebrowski wrote:Michaels has a number of hole punches for scrapebooking. I have a 1" circular one that works pretty made by Fiskar. (http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Crafti ... ze-Punches)

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That looks exactly like what I'm looking for. I was just in my local Michael's and didn't find anything like this. I'll swing by the scrapbooking section again and see if they've got any. Thanks.

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#8 Postby warrenss2 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:46 pm

Vinzent said (HERE)

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That green tool pictured will punch out 1" rounds and can be bought at Michaels. Makes for cutting out tokens a lot faster. (Technically that particular green one cuts them at .75" but I went smaller since I'm gluing to wooden rounds. They tools come in a variety of sizes)


I believe you could find one at Michaels or Hobby Lobby stores.
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#9 Postby VonDan » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:54 pm

As long as your going to Michael's they have the single safari figures and the mini figures in toobs at less than amazon or the safari web store

The mini figures in the toobs are about 1/35 scale




http://www.safariltd.com/

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#10 Postby The Dread Polack » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:56 pm

I know, those are pretty nicely made, too, for what they are.

I am an avid miniature painter, so I am a bit averse to pre-painted stuff, but if I had a specific need for them, I'd totally get them.

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#11 Postby Vinzent » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:24 pm

One warning about those circular punches. Don't punch anything thicker than cardstock or you will break them. I learned that the hard way when trying to punch through chipboard.

Otherwise they work great.
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#12 Postby The Dread Polack » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:03 am

I picked up a couple of the Fiskar punches. They're pretty awesome, actually.

My plan, for now, is to simply print off some color images, put a strip of clear packing tape over it, punch it out, and then glue it onto some poker chips.

I've already tried punching out some B&W test images and they turned out nice. I just need to try gluing one down. Not sure what kind of glue to use yet. Luckily the chips I got were super cheap from a thrift store, so I can ruin a couple if need be. I'll post pics when I'm done.

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#13 Postby Mike Zebrowski » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:51 am

Rubber glue should work just fine.

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#14 Postby jonrog1 » Tue May 08, 2012 10:39 pm

Have you tried printing onto circular stickers instead? I used the 1" punch but once I got my Word Template down right, it's enormously faster to drag and drop imagery into the squares and then print them out, stick them onto the 1" wooden discs you can get online or from Michael's.

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#15 Postby jpk » Wed May 09, 2012 12:40 am

I use 1" stickers that are actually heavy-duty Post-It adhesive. You can remove them if you try, but they don't come off all by themselves. And I tend to use 1" washers instead of the wooden discs. They're a little less "scooty" in my experience.

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#16 Postby The Dread Polack » Wed May 09, 2012 1:21 am

I thought about stickers, also. I might give that a try.

A question about the washers: with a hole in the middle, does the paper get dented noticeably?

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#17 Postby jpk » Wed May 09, 2012 3:10 am

It depends on the washer. I buy the fender washers with a 1/8" (or less, come to think of it) hole. There's really not enough space in there for it to dent, unless someone stabs it with a pencil.

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#18 Postby Snate56 » Wed May 09, 2012 5:34 am

More work on your part, but you can super glue a piece of card to the washer then peel it off when it's dry. A quick sanding will give a smooth finish to work with. Problem with washers though, they are often punched out leaving a sharp edge on one side.
I use these for bases though, not bennies.


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