Tested Favorite Tools: Hot Wire Foam Carving Set!

Modelmaker and fabricator Kayte Sabicer shares one of her favorite things for quickly carving foam: a versatile set from Hot Wire Foam Factory that includes three different handheld foam sculpting tools. Kayte demonstrates and gives tips for using the hot wire tool, the hot knife, and engraver on sheets on cheap pink insulation foam, which you can stack and glue together to form all sorts of shapes for modelmaking terrain and sculpture!

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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

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    Hot Wire Foam Factory Tool Kit: amzn.to/3h9BYQA Hot Wire Foam Factory Pro Kit: amzn.to/3yi3sL9 Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here

    • Cody610

      Cody610

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      These are also easy to make if you’re trying to save money, you can build one for pretty cheap. I converted an old soldering iron into one with some guitar string, I’m sure there’s better options out there as far as resistance goes but it works

  2. Gabi Koonings

    Gabi Koonings

    پیش 11 روز

    I use a Proxxon table wire cutter and also a handheld wire cutter, also with w thick wire you can shape into form and holds reasonably well.

  3. ezmer2dragon

    ezmer2dragon

    پیش 25 روز

    Note: I've worked with that pink foam and have found that rubber cement/contact cement will chemically melt the foam. Don't do that.

  4. fifine trujillo

    fifine trujillo

    پیش 29 روز

    Nice video, I like it. played.fans Thanks for your content. Please update more.

  5. Clean Poop

    Clean Poop

    پیش 29 روز

    Please, people, exhaust the fumes outside of the area you're (outside) or wear a gas mask. Your lungs will thank you when you're older.

  6. Joseph Carter

    Joseph Carter

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    Ugh, soooo slow with the included 6v power supply. And HWFF will happily sell you a higher power switchable/variable PSU, but ohhh they upcharge for those! Alternative? 12v brick on a leash you'd use for LEDs, and a box with a fuse, a switch, an 8A PWM dimmer, and the T/S and 5.5/2.1mm barrel jacks. Supercharge your handheld tools! Use on the lowest setting that cuts well-the standard power supply for these tools is 6v. It's a little anemic for thick foam, but that's why you'd want a bigger power supply in the first place right?

  7. Brian Costello

    Brian Costello

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    thanks kayte

  8. Diego Ramos

    Diego Ramos

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    ASMR Be like

  9. bernard miller

    bernard miller

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    Nice tool set but I’m sure it’s above 100 smackers. If you are single and live in an apartment I wouldn’t get it because you will never move out of there. Not tryin to be negative but if you have a house it’s a great tool to add to your home shop.

  10. bernard miller

    bernard miller

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    It’s about time we see more faces. Sorry Adam but you ain’t the only face out there.

  11. Markus Persson

    Markus Persson

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    This feels like a straight up ad. Talking about how satisfying it feels, and never showing any completed projects made this way.

  12. Making Morrigan

    Making Morrigan

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    Cool, I'd been seeing these things in hobby stores and wondering how they worked.

  13. Matt Hargett

    Matt Hargett

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    Really appreciate getting this kind of deep expertise, and the time to elaborate on important details!

  14. Andrew H.

    Andrew H.

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    Some are saying that the brand is rubbish/cheap/etc, and that Tested aren't being up front. Firstly, I've never found a more up-front outfit than Tested. They're for ever disclaiming, heads up giving and mea culpa declaring. Proxxon should be of a higher quality. You certainly pay for it. I bought a $12 single cutter of eBay for foam scenery. Why should I spend Proxxon money if I'm just starting out or only need the tool occasionally? I've seen enough makers and professionals strapping together tools with bailing wire and 100mph tape to keep using them, so if the handle breaks on a low voltage tools, there's a work around. Tape it up or glue it. If you're starting out or have limited budget and just want to get going, get the HWFF kit and wear it out. Just replace what ever breaks and if you get right into it, then upgrade.

    • Andrew H.

      Andrew H.

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      @Andrew B Even better!

    • Andrew B

      Andrew B

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      You could also make your own frame, and get ni-chrome wire from the hobby shop for a few dollars.

  15. +Tec

    +Tec

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    Please really take safety seriously with hot wire foam cutting! If you're getting a headache after working with a hot wire, you know why.

  16. John Sturtz

    John Sturtz

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    What kind of foam are you using?

  17. fifteenforty

    fifteenforty

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    I’m concerned that you don’t seem to be using a respirator with a particulate filter. It looks like you just have a 3M gas cartridge without the particulate prefilter. The gas cartridge alone doesn’t filter ultra fine particles.

  18. Julio

    Julio

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    Good one Kayte 👍🏼

  19. bzqp2

    bzqp2

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    Oh no! It's way too loose and you're going a bit too fast! :o You can't really control the curve this way. Also hot glue has too high thermal inertia for hot wire cutting. Whenever you hit it with the wire the tool will stop and melt a huge casm in the foam while the glue heats up.

    • N Jones

      N Jones

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      @bzqp2 It actually works really well when you get the voltage/amps right...it's bolted to a little wooden handle (wrapped around the bolts, and then a thread so you can tighten/loosen the wire)

    • bzqp2

      bzqp2

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      @N Jones Jeez xd

    • N Jones

      N Jones

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      yep, needs to be much tighter. I do mine with a guitar-string hooked up to a DC powersupply. Found out the hard way ...I have it glowing orange-hot though

  20. Danny Taylor

    Danny Taylor

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    I have a feeling the wire was not tight enough and tensioner didn't do anything as the two arms were already far apart. I think you would get more control otherwise. Nice tool.

  21. Nerds&Makers

    Nerds&Makers

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    Made right here in my home town of Lompoc CA :-)

  22. Don Carlton

    Don Carlton

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    Great video Kayte! I use a brass wire brush to clean excess plastic build up while the wire is hot. The engraving tip is great for creating castle walls, brick structures or cobblestone patterns in the foam. I try to only use a hot wire to cut this foam because using a bread knife or Sureform also works, it creates piles foam crumbs that are highly static charged and are nearly impossible to clean up completely. You'll constantly be finding them all over your shop. I usually use bamboo skewers from the grocery store to hold multiple layers together to cut as the hot wire cannot cut through most glues. Construction adhesive designed for insulation foam board works well for large pieces. Yellow or white glue may never dry properly because the air can't get to it

  23. Oak Lane Cemetery

    Oak Lane Cemetery

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    The hot wire bow is indispensable for foam carving, but for fine detail work I prefer a wood burning tool with an Xacto knife blade attachment. The "hot wand" attachments are just too crude and imprecise for detail work.

  24. Roberto Wolfo

    Roberto Wolfo

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    Really cool

  25. Austin Brown

    Austin Brown

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    Would a hot air gun be able to smoothen the outer edge of a foam part? Or would it just melt it

    • Andrew B

      Andrew B

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      Yes, but you have to be very very careful. It will go from not melted to melted to burnt quite quickly if you don’t watch carefully. Better to sand to final form and seal.

  26. Cabby Cabby

    Cabby Cabby

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    How quickly I forget this channel isn't just Norm and Adam. I wish they would more often feature the other folks at Tested.

  27. Darrin McElroy

    Darrin McElroy

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    Most of the time, I like the Tested tool recommendations, but in this instance... nope. I'll stick with my Proxxon tools.

  28. Etterra

    Etterra

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    That's a lot nicer than the simple foam carver you can get at the craft store.

  29. Frank Beans

    Frank Beans

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    Maybe mention the model respirator used.

  30. Eliot Brown

    Eliot Brown

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    Healthy and happy you Ultimate Maker!

  31. bennyfactor

    bennyfactor

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    My ma had something like this, but much more ... rustic... when I was a kid and we'd use it to sculpt styrofoam to make things for school projects. This kit looks way less... d-cell battery hooked up to a wire cheese cutter. Nice!

  32. Greg Atlas

    Greg Atlas

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    You can also cut out designs on paper, pin or glue the paper to the foam and use the design as a guide for the wire.

  33. Vlad Amarandi

    Vlad Amarandi

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    you shouldn't keep your hair like that if you want more obvious cautions

  34. Denis Robichaud

    Denis Robichaud

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    Katye always has the best stuff. She gave the Libby app recommendation and I have been using it ever since. Great Stuff!

  35. Marek Lewandowski

    Marek Lewandowski

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    Watching that wire go through is oddly satisfying honestly

  36. Andrew W

    Andrew W

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    Very neat kit for foam builders. Also anyone who wants to glue sheets or pieces of EPS, you can just use white paint. XPS, stuff Katie is using you are better off with a spray glue or polyurethane glue. I've made a few cutters and an old car battery charger, light dimmer, some wood for the bow and nichrome wire works perfectly. Also put a spring on one end of the wire for auto tensioning.

    • Mark Schweter

      Mark Schweter

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      My concern for adhesive is always "will it cut the same as the foam" and not leave hard protrusions, etc.

  37. Andrew ST

    Andrew ST

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    🚨Rip off Alert: $200 for an Aliexpress relabel!! These tools can be had for as little as $1.25 on Aliexpress. They have a set of 5 for $4. Sorry, Tested, but this one is a no go!! Edit: Essentially the same $100 "kit" in the link above is $20 on Aliexpress.

  38. Pleb.

    Pleb.

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    She reminds me of scoobydoo, i approve

    • Steve Schritz

      Steve Schritz

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      You’re thinking of Velma Dinkley … crush of nerds since 1969. I quite agree.

  39. Walt R. Buck

    Walt R. Buck

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    This bend in that wire seems to be creating inconsistent results. I guess that works for a project that doesn't require a lot of symmetry. But otherwise, I could see a real problem.

    • Mark Schweter

      Mark Schweter

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      And, if you take sufficiently stiff wire, you can bend in forms for making coping, moulding, and decorative edges on flat items like tombstones.

  40. Todd studio

    Todd studio

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    Good idea

  41. Nicholas Lee

    Nicholas Lee

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    11:10 Cuts like a lightsabre through a blast door.

    • Henrik Pineapple

      Henrik Pineapple

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      Where are those droidekas?

  42. Dennis Premoli

    Dennis Premoli

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    Lindybeige approves.

  43. Bmo

    Bmo

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    Was thinking of ways to make this with just a coat hanger but I feel like no way that will be safe lol

  44. Thomas Jackson

    Thomas Jackson

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    I wonder if they knew while making this video that 9/10 guys viewing this, are watching because their upgrading their foam inserts in their pelican rifle cases. I can't find a legit mk12 deployment case so figured I'd just make another. Hot knife is going to make my life so much easier. After 20 rifle cases you'd think I'd of known such a tool exists.

  45. Tom Horsley

    Tom Horsley

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    I keep hearing the hot wire knife is "cool" :-).

  46. Kholdan Staalstorm

    Kholdan Staalstorm

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    Ohh, this was blinking brilliant! Calm, consistent and easy to follow! I dunno why, but I got ASMR triggers from this video. Great presentation Kayte, thank you!

  47. Unknowngamer1138

    Unknowngamer1138

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    I had something similar to this in my high school technology class. It was a DIY thing made out of a bunch of reclaimed hockey sticks, and the power supply was the size of a home stereo system, but it was really handy for carving aerofoils.

    • Don Carlton

      Don Carlton

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      Burt Rutan instructed builders of his kit airplanes to build large versions of this tool to cut the wing and fuselage parts. He recommended using an old Lionel Trains transformer as the adjustable power source.

  48. Scott Becker

    Scott Becker

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    Adam did a video like this not too long ago...

  49. Elrydia

    Elrydia

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    Interesting, I've only ever heart people talk about how bad the foam factory tools are.

    • Ken Florian

      Ken Florian

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      @screaminscott it works. It’s just very flimsy construction.

    • Hampus Ettehag

      Hampus Ettehag

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      I've noticed this channel becoming more focused on selling (cheap) stuff through affiliate links lately. For me it kind of affects the trust in what they say. It doesn't feel sincere.

    • screaminscott

      screaminscott

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      I have this set and I do like it. However it is really only for very light hobby usage. It doesn't cut very fast because it's low power. It's better for small pieces and detail work. It's not a bad kit, but I think it has more limited use than people think it does.

    • Ken Florian

      Ken Florian

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      I have Proxxon and also a 4-piece set from HWFF. The HWFF are garbage. I bought the router sled, and after very limited usage the grips on the tool handle falling apart.

  50. mark taylor

    mark taylor

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    Would I be right in saying Kayte is currently pregnant?

    • mark taylor

      mark taylor

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      @Dan R I might have fallen asleep tbh. Indeed it is. The best of luck to mummy and baby.

    • Dan R

      Dan R

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      @mark taylor litterally the last 2 mins....why why why i doint know. its a happy time and we are all nosey. hehehe. lucky child to be

    • mark taylor

      mark taylor

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      @Dan R I saw that but I must have missed the end.

    • Dan R

      Dan R

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      @mark taylor up the duff. the episode where adam and her talking about real steele makets she made she is preggers there. they make no reference to it till the end and very slightly...not sure why. first one i guess

    • mark taylor

      mark taylor

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      @Dan R that explains the excessive precautions.

  51. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist

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    I just want to say I’m in awe of her skill. The Blade Runner blimp was exquisite. Please let us know what projects you’re working on so I can make a point to see them. One of the best things about 4K has been all the old models holding up and being amazing, and I want to make sure I’m supporting people keeping the art alive so masterfully.

  52. Indy1977TX

    Indy1977TX

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    Is this a repost? I could have sworn I saw this already....

    • Dan R

      Dan R

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      adam has done something similar

  53. Jedidiah West

    Jedidiah West

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    Gotta pay the bills and I get it but I like seeing Adam’s tools that he doesn’t try to sell.

    • ender4555

      ender4555

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      Yeah, they normally kind of down play the "sponsored" content (though all those Amazon links in Adam's videos are affiliate links), but this one is like a straight up paid review video. I get it too (though I suspect Tested isn't hurting for funds in any way), but this is a bit more jarring/overt than usual. The tool also looks like the build quality is cheap AF. I mean hell, it doesn't even have temp control. If you're going to shill to me, at least do it with a quality product.

  54. Media Addict

    Media Addict

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    Seems like a nice kit.

  55. Cheep&Cheerful

    Cheep&Cheerful

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    First time I've seen this tool mentioned - thank you, it needs more exposure. I only found out about it myself by chance.

  56. WeedyistFlame420

    WeedyistFlame420

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    This is awesome. Kayte's presentation style reminds me of Adam's, focused yet enthusiastic.

  57. Zitaloc

    Zitaloc

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    *Wish to make Wargaming terrain intensifies*

    • Theron Hatfield

      Theron Hatfield

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      Check out the Hex Terrain Toolkit if you haven't seen it.

  58. MattNGames

    MattNGames

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    Why when a woman is presented the comment sections be a little weird and perverted

    • Walt R. Buck

      Walt R. Buck

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      ? Are you here hoping people comment like this soon to validate your comment for likes? I see no comments that are weird and perverted, except the mention of it here.

    • Fred⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻

      Fred⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻

      پیش ماه

      The same reason why a woman can make a sloppy picture of herself infront of the mirror and then get 500 likes on instagram

  59. Oudini AuRepo

    Oudini AuRepo

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    She makes it sound very sexual per moments.

  60. Ironymus

    Ironymus

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    thanks for showing your favourite Hot Wire Tool Kayte!

  61. Devin Chaves

    Devin Chaves

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    I don't need this, but I need this.

  62. TWX1138

    TWX1138

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    I've thought about building a stationary version of one of these, that would superficially look like a scroll saw. But then I realized that I don't really work in this medium and I'm starting to run out of space in the workshop.

    • Grammar Police

      Grammar Police

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      @TWX1138 So you're telling me that you, "cannot stand," the title, "The King Of Random," being placed upon Grant Thompson because it is an unjustified use of a superlative, but then say that it doesn't matter who should really hold the title? By definition, a superlative is used to clearly define something's quality as being the highest degree known. If Grant isn't the King of Random, then who is? Edit: btw, from my understanding, superlatives need to be adjectives and we're talking about titles. I just thought that I'd make you aware of that fact so that you don't come shitting down my throat because I didn't perfectly copy and paste the definition of superlative.

    • TWX1138

      TWX1138

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      ​@Grammar Police Doesn't matter.

    • Grammar Police

      Grammar Police

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      @TWX1138 Then who do you believe is more deserving of the title?

    • TWX1138

      TWX1138

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      @Grammar Police Claims a superlative that is not justified. I can't stand that.

    • Mark Schweter

      Mark Schweter

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      I built one out of an old solenoid vibrating scroll saw. Scrapped the solenoid and other bits, kept the table. Also could cut down strips by adding a fence.

  63. The Couch Alien

    The Couch Alien

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    I don't think that's her most used tool she has. 😉 😉

    • Péter Szilágyi

      Péter Szilágyi

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      Bonk!

  64. christopher grasse

    christopher grasse

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    Last

  65. Kevin Engel

    Kevin Engel

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    First!

  66. Ëthan

    Ëthan

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    First

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