Question about cutting bands

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by TheHat, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. TheHat

    TheHat New Member

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    Hey, I'm new to slingshots but I have been "playing" with ballistics weapons for a while... anyways I have been trying to make a slingshot, that's fine (here it is, yes it's bad, but it is my first) <a href="http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=22&u=15900942" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i40.servimg.com/u/f40/15/90/09/42/slings10.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br>I have some thick blue bands that look fine for slingshots, but I can't cut the bands strait with a knife. Does anyone have any techniques for cutting bands? Anything would be appreciated... Thanks <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  2. rashid100

    rashid100 New Member

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    you can buy a rotary cutter for about 2 or 3 dollars. or draw lines on the taper you want, and try using scissors. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     

  3. Jan84

    Jan84 New Member

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    the only way to cut the bands straight and accurate is to use a rotary cutter and a ruler. <br><br>cutting with knives an scissors will not work properly... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
     
  4. Artifex

    Artifex New Member

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    Actually, you can use scissors. You just have to put a piece of masking tape on it and cut through the tape so that the band material doesn't stretch and deform while you're cutting. I've done dozens of bands like this and never had one break.
     
  5. TheHat

    TheHat New Member

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    Great, thanks so much guys <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> I'll use my pizza cutter, seems to be the same thing.
     
  6. pelleteer

    pelleteer Middle Aged Delinquent

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    I know of at least one person who uses a pizza cutter for bands, but keep in mind that the blade has to be very sharp for clean cuts, much sharper than the typical pizza cutter. If you are okay at sharpening blades, I'd suggest putting a very sharp smooth edge on it before attempting to cut bands. I prefer an actual rotary cutter, myself, and was lucky enough to get a nice Olfa 45mm one with 5 extra blades for cheap on ebay. As Jan said, you'll also need a ruler/straight edge of some kind. I suggest and use an aluminum one, since I kept cutting shavings off my wood one with the cutter (lol).