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Photography by Larry Cotton

LED PAPER CUTTER ASSIST

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Modify an el-cheapo paper cutter to make it way more accurate.

By Larry Cotton

Take one el-cheapo paper cutter. Drill some holes, add a linear scale and some weight. Presto: you now have one very good paper cutter. What happened?

X-Acto makes nice guillotine paper cutters, but the plastic base model I bought isn’t known for robustness or accuracy. It skitters around your desk as you accidentally whack your photo of Aunt Martha down the middle. Adding weight stablizes it.

So why drill holes in ...

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