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Old 05-05-2016, 08:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Cutting Acoustical Wall Panels

I'm a Controller for a small non-profit. Some how I became the project manager for our recent move and office build out. We went for the industrial vibe with exposed ceilings and ductwork, brick and sheetrock walls, indirect lighting and so forth. Well that all turned out great but the conference rooms and offices are basically an echo chamber at this point.

We have on order six ecoustic panels by Unika Vaev, 1 inch thick, 4' wide, 8' long. These are the foam like panels with a felt covering.

For some of the office space I would like to cut the panels into more manageable dimensions. What is the best tool or process for this job.

Thanks in advance,
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http://www.unikavaev.com/acoustic/ecoustic/panels


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If you don't have some kind of straight metal you can use as a fence, get some 3/4 by 1/8 angle. Mark the edges of the panels (both sides) where you want to cut them, and use the metal to guide a utility knife blade for cutting on both sides.

If you want to be extra delicate, use blue painter's tape to mark the panels.
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If you don't have some kind of straight metal you can use as a fence, get some 3/4 by 1/8 angle. Mark the edges of the panels (both sides) where you want to cut them, and use the metal to guide a utility knife blade for cutting on both sides.

If you want to be extra delicate, use blue painter's tape to mark the panels.

That's a great tip on the painter's tip, thanks!


I've hadn't thought of just using a utility knife. I was thinking I'd need to use the table saw with a toothless blade ($80). I think I'll pick up some of these longer blades and then I could make one cut without having to flip the panel.



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I have heard of folks using the electric carving knives. Some folks have said you can get them super cheap at "dollar" stores for ~10 bux or so.

This is assuming they're not already wrapped in some sort of finish material.
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Thanks the carving knife is another great idea. These are solid colored panels (either black or white) with just a felt covering on the front of the panel.


My main concern is not to be left with a jagged cut on the felt side.

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