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KARL ELDRIDGE
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Hi All,

I am looking to purchase some foam to make custom board game inserts.

Anybody from the UK purchase some before and know where to get it from?
 
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ikarlcpfc wrote:
Hi All,

I am looking to purchase some foam to make custom board game inserts.

Anybody from the UK purchase some before and know where to get it from?


I bought this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BYT1SO8/ref=oh_aui_de...
 
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KARL ELDRIDGE
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Had any issues with them?

Amazon reviews are pretty mixed.
 
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ikarlcpfc wrote:
Had any issues with them?

Amazon reviews are pretty mixed.


Even though my knife is sharp, it still kinda frays. But that might be just me not being able to cut properly

Also, mixed reviews? 18 5-star reviews vs two 1-star reviews, two 2-star reviews and 3 4-star reviews. That's not mixed, that's very positive.
 
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I bought mine from hobbycraft. Looks like the link posted above from Amazon is half the price and, I might be wrong, but I can't imagine it would be much different. The negative reviews seem to be either a)not cut square or b) dented (I am guessing in post). a) not a problem, square it yourself, b) it's a risk, but throw 2 away, still cheaper than hobbycraft. So, if I needed more today I'd take a chance.....just my opinion of course.
 
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Jake Staines
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I get mine from a local stationery shop (still cheaper than Hobbycraft, but that's not difficult), but I wouldn't think twice about ordering from that Amazon listing if it came to it. There are different qualities of foamcore, but nothing that would make a significant difference when you're talking about board game inserts.
 
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KARL ELDRIDGE
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What glue should I get to stick the foam together?

Anything special?
 
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ikarlcpfc wrote:
What glue should I get to stick the foam together?


Regular PVA is fine. Personally I like "Aleene's Tacky Glue", which is just a thicker PVA with a high grab.
 
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I've made quite a few foam core inserts, so I may be able to offer some advice.

- Make sure you get the foam core that has a single layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of 'paper'. Some foam core has two thinner layers of foam and three layers of paper (one of which is between the two foam layers). The latter stuff never seems to cut smoothly - it chips on the cut edge, leaving a rough finish.

- Your knife has to be super sharp! Go for a thinner bladed hobby knife rather than a 'box-cutter' type knife, which has a thicker blade. Even then, I find I need to resharpen the blade every 20-30 minutes of use. (I have a small sharpening stone).

- After a lot of hand-cutting (of foam, not hands), I decided to get some more specialised tools. These ones are great - http://www.logangraphic.com/products/foamwerks-tools/. Don't bother with the WC-2001 V-Groove Cutter though. It never leaves an even groove.

- Glues: First up I tried 'super glue' (cyanoacrylate). It does a good job, but uses so much, and can leave that white haze on your foam core surface. Next I went to PVA glue - your regular white woodwork glue. It probably has the best finish of all, but the drying times are what kills it for me. Now I use hot glue. It takes a bit of practice to quickly apply the right amount (not too much or you get excess bulging out of your joins) fast enough (you have maybe 20 seconds to get your glue on and pieces positioned). But once you're good at it, you'll find it's cheap and fast.

- Construction design: This is largely up to you, but there's one method I use that's a bit different to most of the photos I see on BGG. Most boxes seem to be made by cutting the five separate pieces (base and 4 sides) and gluing them together with exposed foam edges. Instead, I use a single piece of foam core, cutting 90 degree V-grooves, such that the four sides can be folded up and glued in position (glue in the base groove and between each adjacent side). It results in a much nicer product to my taste. What you do is entirely up to you though. I hope I've explained that clearly. If you zoom in on this picture you may be able to see what I mean:

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Just about to jump into this hobby.

Based in the uk, so amazon works best for me.
Here's what I've got in my shopping basket to purchase:

Foam: Black: A3 Foam Board(Pack of 10): https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BYT1SO8/ref=oh_aui_de...
Foam white: 5mm A3 Foamboard (Pack of 10): https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000TKHMRU/ref=ox_sc_act...
Self Healing Cut Mat. A3. Ansio...the others are too thin: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00RO1HK6K/ref=ox_sc_act...
Steel Ruler with Cork: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00094A48A/ref=ox_sc_act...
Knife: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0001IWAZO/ref=ox_sc_act...
Glue: Elmer instead of Aleene as it was 50% cheaper for 50% less and I wont need so much, I think...https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000Q3KHCM/ref=ox_sc_act...
dressmaker pins: I have these so no need.


Oh and some elastoplast, and templates to base the design.
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jlwill wrote:
[...]

- After a lot of hand-cutting (of foam, not hands), I decided to get some more specialised tools. These ones are great - http://www.logangraphic.com/products/foamwerks-tools/. Don't bother with the WC-2001 V-Groove Cutter though. It never leaves an even groove.

[...]

- Construction design: This is largely up to you, but there's one method I use that's a bit different to most of the photos I see on BGG. Most boxes seem to be made by cutting the five separate pieces (base and 4 sides) and gluing them together with exposed foam edges. Instead, I use a single piece of foam core, cutting 90 degree V-grooves, such that the four sides can be folded up and glued in position (glue in the base groove and between each adjacent side). It results in a much nicer product to my taste. What you do is entirely up to you though. I hope I've explained that clearly. If you zoom in on this picture you may be able to see what I mean:



How do you do the V grooves? Foamwerks WC2001 looks perfect for the job, but as you already mentioned it has very bad reviews and seems to have issues producing even grooves.
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