Cutting Sheeting

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    GraysonTaylor

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    What's your favorite tool for cutting sheeting? The table saw was great for the bottom, but what about the curves? I have a bandsaw, but the tooth count is normal band saw size and too course for thin sheet material, although I haven't tried it. In the old days, I labored with a large Exacto.
     
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    Samuel Hagan JR

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    I’ve used a diamond tip tile saw blade on my scroll saw and it does very good. Especially on C/F. It doesn’t gab on you really bad.
     
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    Thanks Sam, I'll check it out.
     
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    Hi Scott, I have the diamond one that is listed on your link. The only reason I have it is becuase I was getting a right angle dremal drive and remembered that you mentioned the wheel in one of your videos. I haven't even opened it up yet. I'll give it a try. Thank you for the support!
     
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    I use tin snips to cut 1/32 and 1/16 ply. It's not the smoothest on the edges but I just get it close and the rest gets sanded off anyway.
     
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    Hey David, I just tried the tin snips and it was supper fast and no mess. I don't think the snips I used have ever touched metal before, inherited. .... worked great. I'll practice more before I commit to it. :)
     
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    You can get custom bandsaw blades made cheap from All Blade or other industrial shops with more teeth ( 18 21TPI ) They don't cost alot and in different widths.

    Brad
     
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    I have used about all the techniques above. When I want a really clean cut on 1-1 1/2 mil ply I use a large handle Stanley non-retracting razor knife (the Flintstone job with the screw together handle) and a straight edge. The first couple of cuts are just lightly scoring the wood and creating a channel that the blade will be self tracking as you apply more pressure. Multiple light cuts make a really nice and clean cut.

    Changing the blade frequently keeps the cuts clean. The old blades make great spreaders for wood fillers and Bondo.
     
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    Agreed... For straight cuts you can't beat a box cutter with a quality blade. I cut up to 1/16 aircraft quality ply with it. I clamp stock and straight edge together to the cutting table, to hold everything tight, as it requires multiple passes with the blade.
     
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    Get the right bandsaw blade . MSC next day service can't beat it !
     
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    I cut 1/32 and 1/16 ply with a 24" paper cutter it makes a straight and clean cut .
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    Alot of great ideas! Thank you. I've got a Lennox 14 18 by 3/8 bi-metal on order. Should do aluminum too.
     
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    If you're going to cut aluminum, WD-40 makes a great lubricant. Just keep the blade wet and don't force the cut and it should work fine. I've been doing that with an old B&D 7" saw without a problem
     
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    I have a metal cutting blade that tried and I think I used cutting oil on it. Messy and the next time I got the saw out, the rubber on the wheels was gone. Now I've got urethane bands on it.
     
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    No need for cutting oil on wood.

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    It was on aluminum Brad :) Heck, I may have not needed it on that either.
     

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