#1
how would i go about cutting some 1/8th inch thick sheet metal? what kind of equipment would i need?
#3
I'm not entirely sure, but I would say maybe something along the lines of a plasma cutter, or perhaps an oxygen/acetylene torch.
#4
the plasma cutter sounds like something out of Hitler's world domination handbook. ill go with the butter knife idea.
#5
wtf are you talking about? i OWN a plasma cutter lol. Thats what my first choice would be, very simple to use. An oxy torch would work just as well though.
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#6
you apparently own hitler's world domination handbook. the butter knife sounds like the best idea.
#7
Plasma cutter or oxygen torch would be the best thing to use. You could use a mitre saw, but it wouldn't work as well. Why do you need sheet metal? Are you making armour?
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#8
I'm a welder by trade. An oxy-fuel torch *may* distort the metal from the heat but thats what a plasma cutter is meant for is thin gauge material. I'd prefer a plasma cutter.

EDIT: What kind of metal is it? Steel or aluminum or something else?
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Plasma cutter or oxygen torch would be the best thing to use. You could use a mitre saw, but it wouldn't work as well. Why do you need sheet metal? Are you making armour?


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#10
What type of metal? And how large of a cut?
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What type of metal? And how large of a cut?


the piece im working with is 2 inches wide x 36 inches long x 1/8th inch thick.

i need to cut two pieces from it, both 7 inches long x 2 inches wide.

EDIT: its cold rolled steel.
#12
I haven't worked with cold rolled steel, but considering how thin it is, a plasma cutter is the best option. If you use an oxy-fuel torch you have to select the right tip size otherwise the metal may just melt back together.
#13
You CAN also use a jigsaw and metal cutting blades, but I wouldn't recommend it because of shards and crap.
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that ok, i love shards.
#15
How large is it, and what type of metal?

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#16
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the piece im working with is 2 inches wide x 36 inches long x 1/8th inch thick.

i need to cut two pieces from it, both 7 inches long x 2 inches wide.

EDIT: its cold rolled steel.

If you have access to a band saw with a metal cutting blade on it use it. Cutting 2 pieces off of your stock won't be a big deal. Sabre saw will work as well. Don't turn it into an MGM production.
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the piece im working with is 2 inches wide x 36 inches long x 1/8th inch thick.

i need to cut two pieces from it, both 7 inches long x 2 inches wide.

EDIT: its cold rolled steel.

Band saw is your best bet, IMO. Hope you can get your hands on one.
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#19
i dont have any tools at my house right now, ill see if i can get access to to some at my school. maybe sneak a metal cutting blade in along with my material and cut it in the woodshop class...
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i dont have any tools at my house right now, ill see if i can get access to to some at my school. maybe sneak a metal cutting blade in along with my material and cut it in the woodshop class...

Your school should have one, and you probably wont have to worry about not having a metal cutting blade. Getting access might be hard though.
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#22
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If its retangular shapes a shear would work, no mess and very quick.

that sounds cheap, can i get a link to an example?
#23
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that sounds cheap, can i get a link to an example?


Well, theres the massive machines that you stick the metal in and it gets chopped which I use in my shop then theres hand shears which could possibly distort the metal or you could get a power shear:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheet_metal_shears

May be too thick or material but check at a local hardware store.
#24
yeah its definitley too thick for those... theyre talking about 1/16th inch aluminum, my material is twice as thich as that. i already went into my local hardware story and they didnt know **** about it.
#25
Dude just follow advice given here and
Cut The Sheet (see what i did there)
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#27
You could go to a local welding shop and ask them to shear it for you, thats the only other thing I can think of besides doing it yourself.
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Band saw is your best bet, IMO. Hope you can get your hands on one.
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