Learn Six Ways to Cut Metal
Cutting metal has always been one of those things most folks don’t really think they’re set up to do. But once you know how-to cut metal the thrill is pretty much gone…you’d be surprised how much metal can be cut with a simple $45 angle grinder and a couple $3 cut-off discs!
Have you ever had one of those metal cutting things to do on your list of things-to-do you just weren’t sure about how to do? If you take time now to watch this video I’d betcha a cut-off disc it helps you to get it done!
What is Metal?
A metal is a material that, when freshly prepared, polished, or fractured, shows a lustrous appearance, and conducts electricity and heat relatively well. Metals can be hammered into thin sheet (malleable), or they can be drawn into wires (ductile). A metal may be a chemical element such as iron; an alloy such as stainless steel; or a molecular compound such as polymeric sulfur nitride.
I guess you could say I was one of the lucky ones…they still had wood and metal shop when I was in school. That’s where you’d find me! Cutting wood and metal, making whatever we could with what we had, and having fun doing it. Seems like some things just never change.
Watch Home Metal-Shop Tips 101
Read and follow tool instructions…Always use the safety-guard that comes with your angle grinder!
Six Easy Ways To Cut
- Angle Grinder with Abrasive Cutoff Discs
In many shops Abrasive wheels have replaced steel saws. Thin, abrasive cutoff wheels are capable of sawing through nearly every material known, at rates faster than those of most metal saws.
- Abrasive Chop Saw
Abrasive cutoff wheels are made to fit a variety of tools. The Abrasive Chop Saw is simply a larger, benchtop version of the hand-held angle grinder.
- Metal Cutting Band-saw
A bandsaw is a power saw with a long, sharp blade consisting of a continuous band of toothed metal stretched between two or more wheels to cut material. They are used primarily in woodworking, metalworking, and lumbering.
- Tin snips
Snips, also known as shears, are hand tools used to cut sheet metal and other light gauge metal wire. There are two main types: tinner’s snips, which are similar to common scissors, and compound-action snips, which use a compound leverage handle system to increase the mechanical advantage.
- Sheet-metal shear
Similar in nature to the hand-held tin snips, there are many types of sheet-metal shears made to shear all types of sheet metal.
- Oxy-Acetylene Cutting Torch
One of the earliest methods known for cutting metal, Oxy-fuel welding and oxy-fuel cutting are processes that use fuel gases and oxygen to weld or cut all types of metals of all thicknesses.
Next, let’s take a look and see How-to Cut Sheet Metal – CaNibble
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NOTICE!!! The following videos where recorded on a phone. Although they are out of sync and may be hard to watch, they do contain bits of useful information for cutting metal parts in bulk to complete many “log on steel” furniture projects at once.
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