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How To: Tape Cutting Board

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a cutting board for masking tape
Everyone knows how important a crisp edge is when masking straight lines. Most of the time it is necessary to trim the edges from a piece of masking tape in order to ensure that the edge is as straight and free of fuzz as possible. Cutting the tape after it has been placed on a piece of glass is often the best way to do this.

After searching for a suitable piece of glass, I hit upon the idea of using an inexpensive photo frame from a Dollar Store. This type of frame uses a fibreboard backing with a glass cover held in place by metal spring clips. See photo 1

Remove the frame from the Styrofoam packing tray and set it aside. See photo 2

Unclip the glass from the fibreboard back and reverse the label so the plain white side is visible (if the label doesn't have a plain back, substitute a plain white piece of paper). See Photo 3

Clip the glass back on top, and place the frame back into the Styrofoam tray. Using wide (5cm) masking tape, tape around the edges of the frame to securely hold it into the Styrofoam. Cover the back to protect the Styrofoam from stray model cement. See Photo 4

Your cutting board is now ready for use.
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About Richard Tonge (tinbanger)

I started building model aircraft with my brother and dad at about 7 years old(Yellow single engine float plane). Born in England so mostly built Airfix and Frog Kits! Moved over the pond in 1979. Main interest any type/era aircraft. Tinbanger call sign comes from my sheetmetal days. I am also ...


Hi, Nice idea Richard..! I'll do one for my masking works... Thanks. Diego
NOV 29, 2013 - 01:28 PM
Thank you Diego! and thank you to Jessica for a great edit.
NOV 30, 2013 - 12:59 AM
Great idea, i will need to build one, it will come in useful. It should also work for PE as well.
DEC 05, 2013 - 02:03 PM