Pete, if you're in a fix, I've used guitar strings in place of the NiChrome. Usually just Nickle Plated Stainless guitar strings for $2.
I have a foam lined case I need to cut out soon, so I'll be making a cutting table this spring.
Yeah, read somewhere you can use that...as well as safety wire (like track bike safety wire).
That's the project I'm on now. A big part of me wanted to go all out and make a beautiful table. But considering it'll probably get used a total of 5 times (yeah right)...I decided to go cheap on the table. Picked up the plans from AR15.com and purchased all the supplies this week. Getting the foam from Grainger tomorrow, and Saturday I'll be tackling this project.
I'll post a pics if anyone's interested on the project. I wanted a range bag that had compartments for my handguns...and picked up fishing tackle bag. They come with plastic tackle cases inside, which I converted into gun cases. Purchased some foam from JoAnn fabrics to make sure it would look good and fit like I wanted (green open cell foam...no good for the final product but good to see if my idea would stand). Sure enough it looked awesome, so PlastiDipped the cases black, will fill with foam and guns this weekend.
The plastic tackle cases are mean to slip right into compartments in the bag, and the bag has great storage for anything else you'd need for the range.
So far very happy with the idea, just need to get the foam finalized.
just so you guys know, the wire doesnt last very long, even the nichrome stuff.
the amount of tension and the amperage you run thru it have a great effect on wire life, youll want a rheostat control so you can tune the power level to the thickness and density of the foam youre cutting
Thanks for the tip. This project is kind of small. So not thinking I'll need too much, even if it breaks, but good to know anyways.