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I just ordered a sheet of uncut $1 so that I can cut (I might tear a few as a T&R plot but I want to cut most of them) my own mis-made bills to give away. My question is, for those that have done it, what is the best and most practical way to cut the bills? Do scissors work okay or is it better to use an x-acto knife or blade paper trimmer? What is the best way to measure the bills out? Lining up the mis-made bill I have and cutting one at a time or using a pencil and measuring it out and cutting a bunch at once?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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The best way to go is with a high quality Roller cutter. Maybe I just got lucky, but I went to my local Office Depot and asked the manager about using their machine, which was large enough to handle the sheet. She let me do it and I was able to cut the whole sheet in about 30 minutes. I think I got 18-20 mismade bills. I gave her one as a thank you. I used an existing mismade bill for a template. As you cut, you get better at it. I now pretty much have a lifetime supply for $55.00! For special people, I borrow their dollar bill, fold it using a TT switch and leave them with the mismade bill. Buying the sheets and cutting them yourself makes this into an affordable option that leaves a lasting impression.

Best of Luck!
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Sammy,
That's a great idea. Where do you buy the sheets of bills?

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Thanks for the reply, Sammy.

That's exactly what I did--bought 2 sheets of 32 bills each. If my math is correct that should give me 21 bills per sheet, 42 for both. In the end it will cost about $1.60 to perform and give away the mismade bill each time.

Roberto,

You can buy uncut sheets of money here: http://www.bep.treas.gov/
Also, if you own the Switch book by John Lovick the address is in the intro section to the mismade bill.
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You're right Exit! I puts the bill at a cost that you can afford to give it away. What a memory for the spectator! I used to buy this for about $14.00 each!

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I've had great success making these with just an X-acto knife, a metal ruler and a backboard to cut on. Once you figure out exactly where to cut vertically (between the E and S in reserve if memory serves) and horizontally you can make the cuts without even using a real bill as a template. And of course after you make the cuts the size matches up perfectly. My first sheet took me about an hour. Since then I can cut up a 21 bill sheet in about 20 minutes.
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Hi Steven,
Did you have trouble using a ruler because of the width of the sheet? That was always my concern. How did you work around it?
Thanks,
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Sammy,

Have you tried to make a Quadrabill out of the ones you made?

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Sammy,

I didn't have a problem using a ruler because my cut points were always the same. I would line up the ruler between the 'E' and 'S' in reserve through two or three bills and then reposition the ruler on the cut and then keep going through the next bills at exactly the same point.

The key to this method though is to have set points that you're using (both vertically and horizontally) then it doesn't matter how large the sheets are and/or how small your ruler is.

Hope this made sense.
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On 2009-08-04 22:19, Sammy J. wrote:
Hi Steven,
Did you have trouble using a ruler because of the width of the sheet? That was always my concern. How did you work around it?
Thanks,
Sammy

Hi Sammy
Carpenter's use a tool that's called a Tee Square. It's used to make a square line or cut, on sheet goods. It's sorta like a giant framing square, and it can be bought at Home Depot for less than 20.00 . This square is also used as a straight edge (like a ruler) to guide your razor knife. Since the blade is almost 48" long, cutting a sheet of bills, would be a piece of cake.
http://www.castlewholesalers.com/JOHNSON......are.html
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To steady things if cutting using a razor knife, tape the sheet down to your backing sheet to keep it from moving round. If the ruler is long enough you can carefully position it and then tape it down as well. Use masking tape, it won't leave any residue if you remove it right after cutting.
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I bought a hobby cutting board, a straight edge, and an X-acto knife and cut a sheet of Mis-Made Bills. They came out great. Thanks for the responses, guys.
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On 2009-08-12 11:01, TC Ryder wrote:
Sammy,

Have you tried to make a Quadrabill out of the ones you made?

TC


Hi TC, I'm not familiar with the quadrabill. What is it?
Thanks,
Sammy
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By the way, just carrying one of these in your wallet presents some pretty fun opportunities to make people laugh. When looking for a one, pull one of these out with a puzzled look on your face. The look on the cashier's face is priceless!
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Take the sheets to a picture framing business. They have all the equipment to cut the bills as you instruct them. I know a magician who did this and it only cost him about $20.00. Of course you can buy equipment as suggested above, but for a one time deal, this is the way to go, because if you make a mistake, the bills are trashed.

You can get the bill sheets from the government. They sell them. Go to this web site: http://www.moneyfactory.gov/store/section.cfm/69
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I just picked up a $5.00 mismade bill and a $1.00 mismade bill for $44.00

Geez!
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On 2009-08-26 16:06, defconskylude wrote:
I just picked up a $5.00 mismade bill and a $1.00 mismade bill for $44.00

Geez!


That's pretty much the going rate. If you don't plan to give them away then these will last you for a few years. Overall, a good investment!

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On 2009-08-01 17:30, Exitmat wrote:
I just ordered a sheet of uncut $1 so that I can cut (I might tear a few as a T&R plot but I want to cut most of them) my own mis-made bills to give away. My question is, for those that have done it, what is the best and most practical way to cut the bills? Do scissors work okay or is it better to use an x-acto knife or blade paper trimmer? What is the best way to measure the bills out? Lining up the mis-made bill I have and cutting one at a time or using a pencil and measuring it out and cutting a bunch at once?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!


I know this may be off topic, but WHERE did you purchase them? And were they expensive?
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Scissors work fine. Use a good, large pair and just trace lightly with pencil.
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ExitMat,

Try to contact Jonathan Philippe via PM here on the café. He has recently made 10,- € mismade bills from a sheet. I got one and they are very professionally cut.

Oliver.
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