I have a piece of 1/8 aluminum plate. I need to cut two strips with
very straight edges to make a hinge mortising jig.
I've cut aluminum on the bandsaw (which I don't like doing) but I want
perfectly sized and straight edge pieces. I'm thinking that I could
get what I want if I cut it on the radial arm saw with a Freund
blade. Is that do-able or is it a whack-o idea?
Works well enough--I've done it on occasion. Just take your time and
wear good eye protection (goggles that seal to your face and a face
shield over them)--you're gonna have fine sharp edged chips flying
around and one of them in your eye can ruin the rest of your life.
Thought for the day:
Take the tent pole down,
Put the flag away,
Monkey had a hemorrhage,
There will be no performance today.
Throw the existing 1/8 pieces in the scrap bin.
Proceed down to your neighborhood hardware store and buy a 1" x 1/4" x
36" Al bar.
Return home and cut 7-1/2" long pieces on bandsaw per spec.
(Cut 1/16" proud and clean up cut square with mill bastard file.)
Have a beer and enjoy your accomplishment.
Not picking on you, we've all been there<G>.
I have no qualms in doing so, just be sure the stock is well secured. I was
once ripping an aluminum yardstick into narrower pieces and it wound up
wrapping itself around the blade ruining a nice, slightly over 1/16"
Japanese thin kerf blade.
To each his own.
#1. A ROS is a random orbit sander, not a radial arm saw
#2. I've been a carpenter for over 50 years. I would never use a
contraption like that shown to cut a hinge mortise. Consider a
router bit with a top bearing. Cut a hinge template that is an
accurate fit for the hinge itself. Simple and repeatable. I own
the Rockwell set and a Bosch set. I use my simple homemade
templates unless I'm cutting 10 or more doors. No re-thinking,
matching collets and bits, calculating.
#3. Aluminum cuts just fine on anything that can cut wood. The
cuts will NOT be smooth. If you can buy bar stock, do so.
Keep the whole world singing . . .
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