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I'm specifically printing out a copy of Maquis which has these nice circular pieces. I'm good with cutting lines with a rotary cutter and mat, but circles? Not so simple. I have two circle punches, but they're much smaller than what's in this set, and I'm not buying another.

Fiskars Circle Cutter does a poor job.

What do people do?
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I hate cutting ovals or circles. I use a silhouette cutter. 1. Import the pdf or png into the silhouette software. 2. Edit and mark where you want to cut. 3. Print it with the silhouette markers on the page. 4. Let it do the work for you!
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Kaizen Zanshin wrote:
I hate cutting ovals or circles. I use a silhouette cutter. 1. Import the pdf or png into the silhouette software. 2. Edit and mark where you want to cut. 3. Print it with the silhouette markers on the page. 4. Let it do the work for you!


Wow, I never heard of a silhouette cutter. That's clever.
 
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But I'm not spending $200 for Maquis. :b
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Don't dismiss circle punches so quickly. I think I have about 6 different sizes, plus 2 duplicate sizes, but for thicker material. Print on label paper, stick to chipboard, then circle punch. They are pretty much the only way I make tokens. You can always find a coupon for at least 40% off at Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby. And probably even cheaper on Amazon.
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Arch punch. Cuts clean and can be used to make thicker tokens too.
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I am cutting all circles manually with small curved scissors meant for cutting fingernails. All a matter of practice.

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I've never found a circle punch for a price I'm prepared to pay.

I generally reformat the tokens into hexes
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rkonigsberg wrote:
But I'm not spending $200 for Maquis. :b


Good, because for 10% less than twice that price you can grab yourself an entry level lasercutter. Will cut cork and foam rather than rip it, can etch, works on metal, no blade, never gets blunt. Makes nice smells when you cut wood and really nice smells when you cut plastic.
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I use a Tecre rotary cutter for cutting circular button graphics, and it would work fine for thicker materials like cardboard. I've cut thousands of button graphics with mine, and it's still going strong. It's similar to the Fiskars circle cutter, but more heavy duty and easy to use. You can get one for about $70 on Etsy.
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really nice smells when you cut plastic.

I'm not sure that's good for you, bro.
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I use one of these for circle tokens larger than small-coin-sized; it's great. Cuts through thick card and stays in place easily without leaving a compass hole in the middle of the circle.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/NT-Cutter-Y010110-Circle-Punch/dp...
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rkonigsberg wrote:
I'm specifically printing out a copy of Maquis which has these nice circular pieces. I'm good with cutting lines with a rotary cutter and mat, but circles? Not so simple. I have two circle punches, but they're much smaller than what's in this set, and I'm not buying another.

Fiskars Circle Cutter does a poor job.

What do people do?


    What's the material you're cutting? Paper?

    Generally I rough it, mount it to wood or foam, cut it on a band saw with a thin blade, then use 240 sandpaper on a belt sander (yes, even on the foam) to just touch the remaining rough corners. But -- I have a band saw and a belt sander. Both are relatively cheap used, or you may have one or both lying around.

    Option two is cut with scissors and not worry about it being a little rough.

    Option three is cut is square and stop caring that it was supposed to be round.
 
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Laser cutter.

It's the magic, universal hammer that turns everything into a nail.
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I go to my local printing shop to have the stuff printed on nice cardboard stock AND I ask to borrow their collection of circle cutters... which they happily let me use.
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I would just use pre-cut chipboard or wooden circles (you can get them online or from a craft store) and print on Avery (or another brand) circle labels--obviously of the appropriate size.
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middletonner wrote:
Arch punch. Cuts clean and can be used to make thicker tokens too.


I read another thread on here that showed a tutorial on how to use the arch punch properly when punching tokens.
Making Circular Tokens and Counters with an Arch Punch

I bought this arch punch: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00004T7WD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_...

I'll be getting it tomorrow so I can try to cut out a few tokens then (chipboard and cardstock) and update here how it worked.
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For me it's either arch punch or Cricut (same idea as the above mentioned Silhouette). Better yet, like the laser cutter, you have more options. Irregularly shaped tokens are a possibility as well. A few of us have figured out how to use it to cut cards too.
 
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Can always do the Compass + Xacto trick.
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middletonner wrote:
Arch punch. Cuts clean and can be used to make thicker tokens too.


I second this. Having put together Merchant of Venus and Advanced Civilization they were worth the investment. The tokens I made are better than ones I've gotten in regular production games.

Using the right tools helps you get better results. There are cheaper options...but you do get what you pay for.

Link below to where I got mine. I'm sort of surprised but the prices look the same even after several years.

https://www.brettunsvillage.com/leather/tools/tools/#archpun...
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I cut out 700 tokens. It took about 30 minutes to punch them all out. The chipboard tokens looked better, but I had to align the two sides manually. The cardstock tokens are nice and better aligned. See below for images.

Chipboard



Cardstock

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To all the people recommending arch punches: since the OP mentions Maquis in particular it's worth noting that some of the round elements in Maquis are 38mm wide (which is an inch and a half, I believe?). Arch punches get exponentially expensive the larger a punch you want, and cheaper manufacturers never seem to sell the larger sizes. They're great for smaller tokens, but they're not the be-all and end-all of circle cutting.
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Bichatse wrote:
To all the people recommending arch punches: since the OP mentions Maquis in particular it's worth noting that some of the round elements in Maquis are 38mm wide (which is an inch and a half, I believe?). Arch punches get exponentially expensive the larger a punch you want, and cheaper manufacturers never seem to sell the larger sizes. They're great for smaller tokens, but they're not the be-all and end-all of circle cutting.


Exactly. I was searching the web and wanted to get a set, but after seeing the prices I decided to first decide what tokens I'm going to be making and then get the appropriate punch.
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mikolajl wrote:
Bichatse wrote:
To all the people recommending arch punches: since the OP mentions Maquis in particular it's worth noting that some of the round elements in Maquis are 38mm wide (which is an inch and a half, I believe?). Arch punches get exponentially expensive the larger a punch you want, and cheaper manufacturers never seem to sell the larger sizes. They're great for smaller tokens, but they're not the be-all and end-all of circle cutting.


Exactly. I was searching the web and wanted to get a set, but after seeing the prices I decided to first decide what tokens I'm going to be making and then get the appropriate punch.


Good point. I only bought a 3/4" punch for $25CDN. I see that they sell a 1-1/2" one for $60CDN. It worked well for me, but could be a bit more expensive depending on the size.
 
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Bichatse wrote:
To all the people recommending arch punches: since the OP mentions Maquis in particular it's worth noting that some of the round elements in Maquis are 38mm wide (which is an inch and a half, I believe?). Arch punches get exponentially expensive the larger a punch you want, and cheaper manufacturers never seem to sell the larger sizes. They're great for smaller tokens, but they're not the be-all and end-all of circle cutting.

It's PnP, so scale them down? I hear you on the cost of arch punches though. You don't want to have to buy a big set if you can avoid it.
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