[balloon-makers] Cutting Table

Bill Whelan bwhelan at sprint.ca
Sun Nov 17 11:45:47 CST 2002


I use on the top of my table a soft 1/4 " over lay.....
it leaves a small mark on the over lay but I figue it should last about 5 /6
years if I used it every week....

It costs less than $25.00 to do the whole 16ft table


wild bill EH!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Katie Griggs" <katieflys at nvbell.net>
To: <balloon-makers at mu.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2002 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: [balloon-makers] Cutting Table


> I am working on a source for cutting mats.  40" x 72" retail price about
> $60.00 plus tax & shipping.  If I can get enough orders together I can
order
> wholesale. (much less $$$)  Mats are 1/10" thick plastic (soft enough to
> roll up for storage), has 1" grid plus metric measurements (inches on two
> edges, metric on the other two), bias lines also. It is considered a
> pinnable cutting mat.  It is a kind of self healing mat.  I have had one
> many years for drapery and dress making.  I have never cut through it and
> boy is it easy to cut out large amounts of fabric.
> Anyone interested?
> Katie Griggs
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Keith Sproul" <ksproul at rci.rutgers.edu>
> To: "Tim Baggett" <tim at oasis.com>; <balloon-makers at mu.org>
> Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 8:26 AM
> Subject: [balloon-makers] Cutting Table Details
>
>
> > I have cut vertical gores on the floor. (2 Radio Controlled balloons
> > and fabric for a 42k that ended up not being as good as I thought it
> > was, so it was never finished.),  so I know about sore knees and sore
> > back...  After doing this for horizontal cut gores, I don't think I
> > will do a vertical cut balloon ever again, unless there are very good
> > reasons for it..
> >
> > I made a table out of 3/4" particle board, It is actually called MDB
> > (Medium Density Board) or something like that.  it is VERY smooth and
> > quite heavy.. I used two layers, the top layer is 2 pieces 3' x 8'
> > the layer underneath is a full 4' x 8' to support the upper two
> > layers.
> >
> > This gives me a 6' x 8' working surface.
> >
> > All of this is set on top of 8 33 gallon storage bins from Target.
> > This way, I get storage underneath the table too. Also, these don't
> > hurt the carpet.
> >
> > I then took the 1' x 8' leftovers and put them underneath the entire
> > mess. This is what sits on the storage bins.
> >
> > These layers are very visible in the pictures below.
> >
> > Then, when I needed the table a little longer, I made a 5' by 2'
> > extension. This sits on top of the 1' x 8' pieces which was pulled
> > out to give support to the extension.
> >
> > The entire mess is held together with flat-head screws counter-sunk
> > into the wood.
> >
> > Pictures are at:
> >
> > http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~ksproul/DSCN2387.JPG
> > http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~ksproul/DSCN2388.JPG
> >
> > http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~ksproul/DSCN2609.JPG
> > This picture shows the extension, and also all of my cut
> > fabric laid out
> > in a neat row.
> > the blue nomex is on the close end, and the white stuff is the
> > temperature sleeve.
> >
> >
> > I have green Rotor Cutter mats on everything, and I use a rotor
> > cutter to cut the fabric. This works out very well.
> >
> > I hung nylon strap from the ceiling (the hooks were there from
> > by-gone days when I had a 35mm projector screen hung from the
> > ceiling). The bolt of fabric goes on a pole hung with the straps.
> >
> > The entire thing can be taken apart in about 10 minutes. However, it
> > is in a room that hasn't been used in years except to store 'junk' so
> > I expect the table to stay up for a long time.  My wife and her
> > sister already plan on using it for their sewing projects.
> >
> > Jon Radowski (Garbage Can Jon) plans on using it for his next
> > horizontal cut balloon.
> >
> >
> > At 10:01 -0600 11/15/02, Tim Baggett wrote:
> > >Keith (and others),
> > >
> > >Can you desribe the construction of your cutting table? sawhorses and
> > >particle board? temporary or fixed? etc...
> > >
> > >Just looking for other ideas. I don't know if I can spend an entire
> weekend
> > >on my knees on concrete again when Phil decides to build a new balloon.
> > >
> > >Tim
> > >
> > >
> > >>  The cutting table I made worked out great! I ended up being able to
> > >>  cut a full set of panels, which for a 16 gore balloon is 32 panels,
> > >  > in TWO hours!!
> >
> > --
> > Keith Sproul ksproul at rci.rutgers.edu WU2Z
> > Student Housing Network Coordinator 732 445-3695 W
> > Rutgers University Computing Services
> >
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