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Cutting Lines in mylar for boat station patterns


By sdenaultca - Saturday, February 15, 2014

Never used a Dremel tool before and want to us it to cut lines in mylar. I have transferred canoe station/mold lines onto mylar. Now I want to cut out the line giving me a simple way to repeatedly trace the mold shape onto plywood.

The reason for taking the time to cut the lines into mylar is I plan to make several of the same canoe.

What I need to do is use the Dremel tool and presumably a 1/16" rotorotary to cut a slot into the mylar where the marker line is now.

This opening will allow me to insert a pencil or marker tip into the slot created and trace my shape/pattern onto plywood.

What is the best method for using the Dremel tool for a cutting tool in this kind of situation.

By Beth at Dremel - Thursday, March 6, 2014

****o, I just wanted to apologize to you for not getting back more readily to your question.  We were having some technical difficulty with our site.  In regards to your mylar question, I have to honestly admit that the only mylar I know of is the thin and filmy type (like on balloons), however, if yours is a "thicker" type mylar, then you should be able to use one of our bits from our "Carving/Engraving" selection.  We make some "very small" tipped ones, which are from #105 - #113.  These are for detail engraving, carving, and routing in wood, fiberglass, plastic and soft metals.  We also do have larger ones and the best one for "slotting" would be #199 which is 3/8" across.  Now, if you otherwise just prefer to use a "Cut-off Wheel" and literally "drag" it through the wood partially (not going all the way through), that should work for you as well.  Do remember though, with a "wheel", it really can only go straight or angles, no curves.  To view these bits, please visit our website at www.dremel.com.  Should you have any further questions, you can now find a "Live Chat" on our website or you can call one of our representatives at Dremel on our toll free phone number of 1-800-437-3635, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, CST.