Using the Scoreboard Strip Cutter

The Scoreboard

This is the basic Scoreboard Strip Cutter. It comes as a board with the essential pieces attached to it, as well as the metal stop bar (the long metal piece you see laying to the left on the board). I like it because it doesn't have a lot of little pieces to store, and it allows me to cut just about any geometric shape I want.




Unfortunately, the company that made the Score Board Strip Cutter has gone out of business, so it is no longer available. I'm leaving this tutorial here for anyone that has one and needs some directions on how to use it.

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Getting Started

Scoreboard set up



When the board is set up for work, the stop bar sits along the bottom of the board and adjust to hold the glass at the correct distance from the cutting bar. The red knob tightens a screw down on the stop bar to hold it securely in place.






Allowance for cutter wheel

Tighten red knob

Before you start, make sure the edges of the glass are straight and the sides are square. Then get an accurate measurement for the width of the strips you will be cutting. Mark that measurement on your glass by drawing a short line.

Loosen the red knob and move the stop bar to the right to get it out of the way. Slide the glass under the cutting bar so you can see the line you just drew. Set your cutter wheel on the right side of the line (side closest to the edge of the glass), so that the wheel touches the line.

Slide the glass and cutter over until the cutter wheel is touching the cutting bar on one side and the edge of the line on the other side. Slide the stop bar over so it touches the glass. Tighten the red knob to secure it in place. Do one more check to make sure the cutter wheel still sits between the cutting bar and the edge of the line.



Cutting a strip

Starting at the top of the glass, hold your cutter perpendicular to the glass and flush against the cutting bar. Pull the cutter towards you, making sure it stays against the cutting bar all the way to the end of the score. You can tilt your cutter forwards to get a comfortable position for cutting, but do not tilt the cutter side to side. Pick up the glass, break off the strip, then replace the glass on the board to cut another strip. You do not have to draw another line. The Scoreboard Strip Cutter is now set up to cut as many strips as you need of that specific measurement.



Cutting Squares With The Scoreboard Strip Cutter


Once your strips are cut, turn a strip sideways and slide it under the cutting bar until it touches the stop bar. Cut as described for cutting a strip. Since you haven't moved the stop bar, the pieces you cut will be perfect squares.


Cutting Rectangles With The Scoreboard Strip Cutter


Mark the strip for the length you want your rectangle. Set up like you did for a strip, by getting the cutter distance right and the stop bar set correctly. Now you're ready to cut rectangles. This is the technique you use for cutting the sides for a box. Usually the 2 sides are shorter than the front and back, so you will have to reset the stop bar for the two different lengths.


Cutting Diamonds With The Scoreboard Strip Cutter


Diamond template



You need a template for the diamond, and a strip of glass that's the width of the diamond. Trace the template onto your strip. Hand cut the first angle.









Small red knob

Diamond Setup

Slide the stop bar out of the way. Slide the strip under the cutting bar. Loosen the red knob at the top of the Scoreboard Strip Cutter. When the knob is loose, the cutting bar will move either left or right. Move the bar until it lines up with the first line on the strip. Make sure it is an exact lineup. When you're confident it's right, tighten the red knob on the top of the scoreboard. That will secure the cutting bar.

Line up the glass cutter with the cutting bar and the remaining line on the glass, just like you did to get set for cutting a strip. Slide the stop bar over until it touches the glass. Tighten the red knob to secure the stop bar. You are now ready to cut diamonds...as many as you need. When you're ready to use a new strip, just slide it under the cutting bar, make the first cut, then slide it over to touch the stop bar.


Diamonds



Here are the diamonds for the first strip.









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This page was last updated on October 11, 2012