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Sawing Your Own Metal Shapes

sawing your own metal shapes

Sawing Out Negative Spaces Inside a Metal Framework

Step 1Choose a design, digitize the image and print it onto self-adhesive label paper. Download the flower image here.Step 2Cut the image out of the label leaving plenty of space around the image. Apply the label to the stamping link.Step 3Decide where you want to pierce the stamping link. We marked the selected spot with a pencil.Step 4Pierce the stamping link with a hole punch in the designated spot.Step 5Apply cut lube to the back of the stamping blank.Step 6Follow Steps 1 through 3 in Settin

Sanding and Filing Sheet Metal

Step 1When you have finished sawing, you will need to file the edges of the shape.Step 2Hold the metal in a ring clamp. Place the side you wish to file close to the edge of the clamp (flat side for flat edges, round side for round edges).Step 3Push the wedge tightly into the other side of the clamp. Don’t let the metal hang too far out of the side of the clamp – it may bend as you file.Step 4Begin filing, starting with the tip of the file on the edge and filing away from you. Files

Sawing a Design Out of Sheet Metal

Step 1Choose a design. Digitize the image and print it onto self-adhesive label paper. Or download our image here. Printing images onto label paper makes sawing much easier.Step 2Cut the image out of the label leaving plenty of space around the image.Step 3Adhere the image to the sheet metal.Step 4Set up the saw frame and the bench pin.

Setting Up the Saw Blade in the Saw Frame

Step 1Open the jaw of the saw frame at point A to a length approximately 10mm shorter than the length of the saw blade. Tighten the nut at point A.Step 2Insert the saw blade into the open top nut of the frame at point B. Tighten the nut to close.Step 3Make sure the saw blade teeth are facing outwards and pointing down towards the handle.Step 4Rest the end of