With my varied background I have had some experience of cutting metals with metal cutting tools, and I have not always enjoyed the processes. Starting with when I was at school and metal had to be cut and shaped and turned into some finished product. One finished product was on small pieces of metal, possibly copper that was decorated with coloured glass based material that was heated in a small specialist oven until it melted.

Then there was a spoon that was made of copper that after it was cut to the basic shape had to be beaten into concave spoon shape. It involved a certain amount of filing, which is itself a type of metal cutting. It seemed like a punishment to have to keep filing the shape and the teacher kept saying that more needed to be take off here or there. The file is not my favourite tool in the tool box.

Then as part of an apprenticeship there was a certain amount of working with lumps of metal, steel this time. Instead of working to make something decorative the goal was to make it so that it was totally squared. This metal was tougher to work with and I hated doing the seemingly senseless task that was set there too. Maybe those experiences say more about that sort of education and also says more about teenage boys and their response to those activities.

Useless Sheet Metal Cutting Tools

Another cutter I had was for cutting metal when working on car body work. It was to be used when a section of damaged car body was to be cut out so a new piece could be welded back in. The way it worked was with an electric hand drill, the rotary motion of the drill was converted to a up and down or in and out movement of a punch cutter. With moving the tool cutting edge into the metal it chipped away small circles of metal. Maybe the tool wasn’t the best quality because it never lasted too long and became blunt and useless too quickly.

Signs And Metal Cutting Machine Tools

Since then I have run a sign business in which there was a lot of cutting metal to make a as backgrounds for signs. Mostly cutting thin flat sheets of aluminium metal or a material called dibond which is basically two thin sheets of aluminium with a layer of plastic sandwiched in between. This made it more rigid but still lightweight, much easier to cut as it didn’t bend when I was feeding it into the table saw on which I did the cutting. That was for straight cuts, when a curved cut was required then I had to get out the metal cutting hand tools, a electric hand tool jigsaw with a metal cutting blade slotted in it.

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