So Many Marbles ------------- So Little Time ;-)
Getting some flat material in .. How do you guys start the process of cutting the first taper without wasting a lot of material ?
Yes, I have the taper ruler also, but on your VERY FIRST CUT, must you trim the one side to the angle of your taper don't you ?
Thank you very much High Desert Flipper, just the kind of Info I was looking for ; - )If you want to have perfectly symmetrical tapers you will have to trim the edge of the latex to half of the taper and then start in with the ruler. But I don't think the symmetrical tapers make a big difference- I think several have tested this and found no detectable difference between symmetrical tapers (both sides of band taper) vs asymmetrical tapers (one side of band square, other side tapered).
If you use this ruler with latex the way it comes your tapers will have one straight edge and one tapered edge and this is just fine.
If you get really serious about symmetrical tapers where both edges of the band taper, you can take a half taper wedge off the elastic before using the ruler or order some plexiglass cutting templates. And yes, then you will lose some elastic, or rather, you will have some elastic that doesn't make it into bands.
The extra elastic isn't necessarily wasted tough- the stuff that doesn't get into bands can but cut into strips and used to tie the bands to the forks. This is what I do.
For starting out, I wouldn't worry about it and just go with asymmetrical tapers. They will do just fine and if you want to get really precise about it there are ways to get that done.
Thats it thanks , that what Ive been doing , keeps the sheet pretty square, but thought I may have been missing something.. I hadnt got my numbers nailed down enough to get a jigI use the " Btoon " band jig .
The key is to alternate your taper measure . Example : Using a 25 mm x 20 mm taper .
Mark your 25 mm on one side and 20 mm on the other . Cut band . Now mark your 20 mm first and 25 mm on the other end . Now you cut two bands leaving your remaining stock square . Continue alternating in the fashion . You end up with one small piece of stock which can be used for wrap and tuck or BB shooting bands . No waste this way .
I've been doing it this way from the beginning . It works . Minimal to no waste . Symmetrical would be nice but at what cost to time and money .Thats it thanks , that what Ive been doing , keeps the sheet pretty square, but thought I may have been missing something.. I hadnt got my numbers nailed down enough to get a jig