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Re: Cutting Reticulated Urethane Foam -- How to handle mostly air --wooden it be nice
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Cutting Reticulated Urethane Foam -- How to handle mostly air --wooden it be nice
- From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
- Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 06:06:17 -0800 (PST)
- In-reply-to: <200302142319.h1ENJsk5012674 at otter_actwin.com>
Michael Eckardt said:
> A perhaps easier way to drill the foam is to wet and
> freeze it. In the
> frozen state
> it's much more stable.
True enough, although I suspect the fact that the foam is
mostly air would mean that it wouldn't hold a lot of water
and, therefore, could thaw rather quickly -- maybe in the
time that you're walking from the freezer to the drill
press -- or, if not then while the item is being drilled.
In any event, unless you are working with a very large
piece of foam, I'd recommend using wood blocks and making a
sandwich. This allows you to have a larger object to hold
on to *and* something reliably rigid to block against the
drill press pole to prevent the object from spinning if the
drill bit gets "caught."
If you do this without a drill press, then you would want
to clamp your object down, and I think that is best done
with the wooden sandwich.
I should have spoken about safety in my first post. You
should drill loose object unless you seriously undervalue
the continuity or your dermal covering ;-) .
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