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For Christmas, I am going to make a bunch of wine cork trivets. Does anyone have any suggestions as to the easiest way to cut them in half. I have tried the knife and that will be time consuming.... any other ideas out there would be appreciated.
A sharp knife will do, but why bother cutting them in half? I just used them whole when I did that.
I bought a little coping saw in the hardware store and that seems to work just fine. When you get to the bottom, just hold the cork up in your hand and you can finish sawing in half. You can sand the cut edge with a piece of medium sand paper.
I have an old scroll saw. It cuts corks really well.
I use corks a lot, and invested in a table top band saw purchased on e-bay. Makes short work of halving them and I get twice the use! I don't suggest using a sharp knife as it is time consuming and beats up your wrist :)
Boil a few inches of water in a pot. Place a steamer basket inside the pot and place the corks inside. Cover for 10 mins. Using a sharp knife the corks will be easy to cut. I just tried it and it works. If a steamer insert isn't available placing the cork inside the pot of boiling water for 10 mins should work as well.
Try and electric knife, the kind you carve meat with.
The best way is to use a good size piece of clay.
It'll indent for you and you can slice through it also and reform the clay at any time.
I use 2 methods. 1 : Pvc pipe ratchet cutters work well and there are hundreds of types....2:Build a jig out of wood that most corks can be pressed into and cut with a 'Chop ' or miter saw.....