What bad things will happen if I use this Stanley hand miter saw:
to cut aluminum angle stock of the kind sold at Home Depot? Will it ruin
the blade immediately, work fairly well, or what?
Is it possible to get a similar miter box for cutting metal?
If the blade has hardened points - many Stanley's do say that -
It might work ok for some time.
They make it like that for imported 'rose' wood - that is full of
silicon that eats normal blades alive.
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Answering my own question, apparently the Stanley miter box saw will take
Jorgensen 550-mm blades, which are slightly shorter (about 1 cm). If
necessary I will modify the saw just a bit. Jorgensen has a full line of
blades from 14 tpi (soft wood) to 32 tpi (steel).
Found them at www.adjustableclamp.com.
Thanks again. I've been using a carbide blade on my table saw for aluminum
for a long time. The Stanley miter saw is for an electronics lab where
students will use it -- I wanted a hand-powered saw. I'll mark it
prominently "For wood, plastic, and aluminum only -- not hard metal" and
prepare to get some spare blades.
Nothing bad at all will happen. Just don't try to use that blade to cut
steel. Aluminum can be cut all day long with a wood blade. Just take
your time. I do it quite often on my wood band saw.
Look for a handsaw with about 12pts and file it straight across like a
ripsaw as there are no fibers to sever. Wax it up so the gullets don't
load. If you can find a cheap handsaw with black teeth (meaning they
were hardened and can't be filed) that is fine enough try that.
Or use the miterbox to scripe the layout line and finish with a
hacksaw and a file.
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