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Old 11-25-2019, 08:59 AM
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shadow hobby circle cutter

I'm hoping beyond hope that someone can throw me a bone out there. I purchased the shadow hobby circle cutter and have been "practising" for awhile, but I am having no luck.
Cutting a circle is one thing, but I am looking at cutting a precircle from a kit and I am having no luck at all.
So I throw in the towel and ask for any hints/tricks/tips.

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Old 11-26-2019, 11:29 AM
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I've never had much luck with circle cutters. For small circles or small holes I use punches and as they get larger just cut them out with a blade or scissors.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:36 AM
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Michael Stanley last year wrote up some hints, I will try to find the thread(s)
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I tend to agree with Wayne. Not a fan of circle cutters. I have tried several types over the years without much success. I find it faster and more accurate to cut inside circles with a knife and outside circles with a pair of scissors.
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i apologize, it wasn't Michael, i know he bought one

here is the review and initial set up from ebf2k
Thinnerline Circle Cutter review
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There's definitely a bit of a learning curve when it comes to lining this thing up to cut pre-printed circles, it comes down to getting the hang of the "targeting" device, I'm assuming you have that, I've heard earlier models didn't come with it.

To be honest, I mainly just use mine for cutting circles out of blank card in various sizes for scratch building and extra details, I did have a bit of trouble lining it up on a few pre-printed circles but it's definitely a great little tool.

The main thing you need to worry about is that the L shaped positioning bracket is well clamped and doesn't move when you are changing from the aiming rings to the cutter itself... maybe someone with a little more experience using it can explain it better. There might be some YouTube videos to help with that also, maybe try searching there.
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Old 11-30-2019, 09:53 PM
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Thanks everyone. Scissors and blades, practice with the circle cutter. Eventually one method will work for me.
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