laminated corner cutter

Flintstone

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Does anyone know of a tool I could use to cut rounded corners on the margins of things that are laminated. I am using laminating material that is quite stiff. (I wish I could tell you the name of it, but I don't know the name. I think we got it from Seal.) When I cut the corners on the paper cutter, the corners are really pointy and sharp. It would be nice to have a rounded corner. I have tried tracing a round corner with a template and using sissors, but that finish is rather sloppy. Any suggestions?
 

j Paul

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Flintstone, Here's a suggestion, don't know if it will be applicable to your situation. In my cabinet business, we used to make rounded over corner samples of our Formica laminates.

We would first cut a template out of 1/4" or thicker plywood, and then spring clamp the laminate to that. Then we would take a hand held router (a roto zip tool would also work, or maybe a Dremel with the correct bit) and letting the bearing of the bit follow your template you have a perfect rounded corner, one time or a thousand.

Now I know you are talking of paper or matboard with a surface laminate apllied to it, but I think this would still work for you.
 

jframe

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I once worked in a shop that made plasctic magnetic signs for cars. They had a little tool that cut the corners round. It would cut one corner at a time. You just stick the corner in and mash the lever down with your hand and a blade cut the rounded corner. It worked sort of like a hole puncher. So, maybe you coudld find at a sign company or supplier to the industry.
 

Baer Charlton

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Dang, mcphoto, you beat me to it. I was beginning to think that I gotten on the cabinet shop grumble by mistake.

And to make a nicer 90 degree arc, we use a baby clipper. They also have a problem with me and sharp things like minds....

baer
 

Rick Granick

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I think Light Impressions sells a tool for this specific purpose. If you are doing a lot of these it may be a worthwhile investment. For something less expensive, you might check out a scrapbooking store. I've seen small punches for making shaped corners in paper. A sturdy one of those might be up to your task.
:cool: Rick
 

Framar

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Flintstone - You can buy the Corner Rounder that Light Impressions sells for an arm and a leg, or you can go to any craft, sewing or, yes, even a scrapbook store, and you can find a variety of plastic (sorry, Cornel) scissors and anvil type devices that will cut perfect radius corners even on matboard. Probably even Walmart has them, Michael's for sure. The price will be way under $5.

I have an ancient Corner Rounder that I use all the time for signs, greeting cards and fake ID (just kidding!). You'll find yourself using the device for many things, once you have one!
 

Finley

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Seems my wife has some sort of tool from her scrapbooking stuff that does exactly what you are describing. Could be sold retail or through the home selling party group, Creative Memories ?,
 
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