There are many ways to cut PCB material. A good pair of sharp scissors work reasonably well. A paper cutter can do the trick as well (though it can draw the material a little, making it hard to keep the cut square.) So I’ve been noodling about how to get a good straight cut and decided that a small, simple table saw is what I needed.
A good one costs several hundred, and is more than I need. The cheep ones get such bad reviews that I can’t bring myself to buy one.
So I decided to make one. I used:
- “Dremel” like rotary tool
- Dremel 575 Right Angle Attachment
- Dremel 231 Shaper/Router Table
- Dremel EZ688-01 EZ Lock Mini Cutting Kit for Metal and Plastic
- A custom piece of 2×4 to make the right angle attachment work with the table
Granted, this is not the cheapest setup, and it might be a temporary solution for me, but it seems to work. I already had the router table that I never really used. So I more or less, just wanted a way to repurpose the table into something I can use.
I had to carve away at the bottom of the table so that the right angle attachment could be raised high enough for the cutting blade, but I didn’t go all the way through the top of the table, so the table is still basically usable for its intended purpose, should I decide to convert it back. I’ll have to see.
Bottom line, does it work? Yes…yes it does.