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  1. #1
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    Default Cutting Foam Board

    I purchased a 4' x 8' sheet of 2" thick Dow Corning Foam Board. What is the best way to cut this foam to get a nice edge? I am going to place this under the telescoping cover and above the inner cover on each of my hives.

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    Default Re: Cutting Foam Board

    Because of the thickness its hard to get a straight square cut doing it with a long sharp knife like I do, but I don't see why you couldn't cut it on a table saw to get a better cut, or maybe a hand held jigsaw or circular saw. John

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    Default Re: Cutting Foam Board

    I use a hot wire. An electric fence wire and battery charger work good. This may not be worth it if you just have a little to do. Table saw does work also just not as clean of an edge.

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    Default Re: Cutting Foam Board

    Table saw works great, fast and easy.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 12 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Cutting Foam Board

    Table saw with a carbide tipped finishing blade makes a very clean cut.

    Keep your hand on the piece next the fence, cause the blade can catch it and make a nasty gaouge in it.
    If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!

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    Default Re: Cutting Foam Board

    LeonardS,



    How deep is the edge of your covers?
    BeeCurious
    5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Cutting Foam Board

    The telescoping covers are the Mann Lake units. Probably about a 2" edge. I am going to place the insulation on the inner cover, then wrap the hive with 15 lb. felt/tar paper and fold it over the top of the foam. Then I will place the telescoping cover over that.

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    Default Re: Cutting Foam Board

    We had a home builder in the office and he suggested a circular saw with the blade installed backwards.

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