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 Post subject: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:29 pm 
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I've been gaining interest in modding puzzles lately, and I have never done it before. I have 2 spare 3x3's that I never use and I want to turn one into a Cutter Cube, I have the basic idea of how to do it (Cutting the edge, placing it on center). What are some good tools for this kind of simple mod? I would think an X-ACTO Knife would be good for the cutting, and maybe Apoxy Sculpt for filling? What would be good? Also, if I wanted to continue making mods, what would be some good tools for doing so?


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:06 am 
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My first mod was making a Square-2 in the mid 1990s and I started with just an Xacto knife. While you can cut through a cubie with many, many, repeated cuts, it is not a great way to approach the problem.
Save your fingers and get a very thin hobby saw. You want a thin blade with fine teeth.

Actually more important than a thin blade is knowing how thick it is. When you cap pieces you'll save time if your plastic plate is half the width of your saw blade.

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:46 pm 
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Okay, thanks for the advice. I do have a hobby shop near me, and my birthday is next week (Friday), so I will stop by there and get a small saw. Also, where can I get plastic sheets?


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:36 pm 
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I just used a Dremel...

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
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I use a razor saw, but don't get one with very fine teeth as it can get clogged by softer ABS plastic. If you are making deep cuts you will need a flush cut saw (i.e. one without a blade support along the edge).

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
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jabeck wrote:
I just used a Dremel...


I've heard the Dremels cause a lot of damage and are very innnaccurate, so I don't think I'll go towards a Dremel.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:36 am 
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Dremels can be used for a lot of the work (see Tony Fisher's videos) but also take a lot of skill and a good eye to get good results.

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:41 pm 
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I use:
Dremel on a lowish speed- Still shaves plastic quickly but on a slower speed I feel I have more control over it
Yellow/grey Milliput- This stuff is great, its like £3.50 for a box of it, I think its because it's a horrible colour but I spray paint my puzzles anyway
180,250,400 Grit sandpaper- 180 is great to get your almost finished shape then I use 400 to smoothen it
Black gloss spraypaint- Got this from halfords it works great and theres loads of it, some people use sharpies, I find it becomes an off black colour but thas just personal experience.
Scalpel- I use this for cutting my stickers and also to apply them
Sticker sheets- For sides that have been modded (eg. on a 2x4x4 only the bottom and top are modded) I use vinyl sheets then make a template and hand cut the stickers
For unmodded sides, such as the other 4 on a modded 2x4x4 I use 4x4 stickers :)
All of my stickers are ordered from puzzleaddictions

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:47 pm 
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Thanks, Kozeh, helped a lot. My B-Day's in 5 days so I'll ask my dad. :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:46 pm 
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DXPower wrote:
jabeck wrote:
I just used a Dremel...


I've heard the Dremels cause a lot of damage and are very innnaccurate

Only if you're careless. Otherwise they are brilliant.

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:15 pm 
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I agree with Tony...I have only made about 10 mods but the dremel is the way to go...very fast and very good for curved pieces.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:37 pm 
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I know its a bad habbit, but right now I cant remember what they are called, but basically the best tool you can get and use besides the fine teeth hobby saw, is a fitting box. A box with fixed angles of 45 degrees and 90 degrees. They are perfect!

http://www.biltema.dk/ProductImages/16/ ... -610_l.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:55 pm 
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He's talking about a miter box.....they have hobby miter boxes as well.....the hobby miter box I have is a little too small for 3x3 cubies though...but the larger miter boxes work pretty good...I have used this for a few of my mods.


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 Post subject: Re: The Best Tools For Simple Modding?
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 7:21 am 
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yes thats it. Miter box :) haha.
yea I am a little annoyed the standard alu hobby miter box doesnt fit a 3x3x3 cubie in there :/

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