Cutting laminated corrugated cardboard

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05-06-2012 06:04 PM

A friend is building a project from laminated sheets of corrugated cardboard, and made a couple of pieces too big… She’s asked for me to help in cutting them.

Basically, I’m trimming a four layer thick round sandwich of cardboard down about an inch to match a circle of luan plywood… I’m thinking a jigsaw with a very fine tooth blade is the best option.


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#1 posted 05-06-2012 06:14 PM

Nothing beats a good sharp blade and a straight edge on cardboard but you might be able to get a clean cut on th scrollsaw if the pieces aren’t too large for it. If you have a bandsaw with a fine tooth blade that may also word for you.

Good luck,


-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#3 posted 05-06-2012 06:20 PM

Try grinding and honing a regular worn out jigsaw blade to
a knife edge. Test it. The teeth of a blade will likely
tear the top of the cardboard a lot. A sacrificial piece
on top can prevent that but it should probably be something
denser like matte board.

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 01:40 AM

I’ve cut a lot of corrugated cardboard on my tablesaw ranging from 1/4” to 1” thick. Used a 40 tooth blade and a zero clearance insert. Edges were much cleaner than I expected.I’ve used Loren’s tip to cut high density closed cell foam and it works great for that.

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