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Jeff Yeackle
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Time flies by too quickly.

At the end of last year this thread popped up by Edmund Hon where he shared his GMT Tray Dividers. I quickly added his layout style to two others I had created but never got around to cleaning them up for others to use. Thanks to recent comments on this beast of a thread I finally buckled down this weekend and here they are.

I mention using a corner rounder in the instructions should you not want to angle snip the corners of each divider to fit into the individual cells. If you have the Oregon Laminations 3mm, that might be enough. The 2mm almost gets them down enough, but not quite. If you give it a try, let us know if it works, thanks!

GMT Counter Tray Dividers 1.3


Real live dividers as seen in the wild:



(that's right, only trimmed counters get to stay in divider equipped cells in Château Plateau)

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I continue to be amazed at the lengths to which people (including me) will go in order to improve component storage.
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Never realized that there were perforation blades. Another tool to get.

Looking forward to giving this a try.
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Yeah I hate digging for stuff if I don't have to during a game, so I'll go overboard on the trays if needed. Plus I really like it if each player can have their own tray if it warrants it (Angola, as in the picture, no way, but Combat Commander, yes way).

Here are some links to the gear I talk about:

Dahle 507 Trimmer Kit

http://dahle.com/products/craft/TrimmerKit.htm

I picked up this kit with optional blades from Adorama for a really cheap price. However it didn't come with the drop in cutting mats required for the optional blades. Still, the price was cheap enough that I didn't mind paying to pick those up on their own.


Carl CC-10 Hand Rotary Trimmer

http://www.carlmfg.com/cc-10-handheld-rotary-trimmer.html

This hand tool is great with a steady hand. I used this exclusively until I got the Dahle 507. I always use it with a metal ruler, with the optional perforation blade (http://www.carlmfg.com/paper-trimmers/accessories/b-02-repla...). For straight cuts I use a normal x-acto blade since I don't feel like swapping blades out frequently.

A scoring blade exists, but I've found scoring blades on heavy stock requires a lot of pressure and I'm not sure if the plastic Carl CC-10 would be all that effective, partly due to my experience with....

Dahle 370 Craft Trimmer Kit

http://dahle.com/products/craft/CraftTrimmers.htm

It didn't live up to expectations sadly (and this probably goes for the 360 Kit as well), causing me to write my very first negative Amazon review. Trying to get a straight cut/score was a royal pain, and the scoring blade, even with a lot of pressure, wasn't all that great, especially with heavy stock. The cutting mat is great though!

So, in summary, a scoring blade is probably fine if you're using normal paper stock, but for heavier stuff perforating it will give you a crisp clean fold line. Just be careful not to pull it apart during the excitement of making dividers.

Tape/Glue

For taping/gluing the counters, I used Scotch Poster Tape (it was handy), but it took a long time to cut it, peel it, etc. So I started trying out different glues.

My favorite so far is the Itoya O'Glue stick. I can quickly glue up a batch of dividers using just a teeny tiny amount, and it dries fast.

http://www.amazon.com/Itoya-OGlue-regular-1-7-oz/dp/B000B75T...

Another type I tried that I love for different reasons is the Tombo Mono Glue. You can stick stuff together, or put it on something, let it dry, then it becomes a removable adhesive. It worked for the dividers but I'll 'stick' (haha! umm... yeah) to the Itoya for now.

http://www.amazon.com/Mono-Multi-Liquid-Carded-0-88-Ounce/dp...
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Si non potes reperire Berolini in tabula, ludens essetis non WIF.
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Very nice.
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Gave it a try using the 3x dividers, and they turned out pretty nice. Using a perforater along the lines that are going to be folded is a nice hint.

The glue that I use is bookbinding glue.
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