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Old 10-05-2010, 06:20 PM   #42
clintnz
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Aluminium should cut ok with a jigsaw, use a coarser blade than for steel, turn the speed down a bit & spray the underside of your work with cutting oil. A circular saw with a fine tooth TCT blade is also good for the long straight cuts.

Love your work, a bender like your one is now on my list of future projects.

Cheers
Clint


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Originally Posted by kirkster70
The cube was actually my very first project out of the chute. It gave me the confidence to tackle project #2. I think my table may have been #3. Here is #2...a freakin' huge bashplate.

I bought some decent sized aluminum sheets from a friend at work, so this is the first time buying materials.

I made a mock-up first with some thin cardboard and then went to it. I also cut this out with caveman tools, so it also kicked my rear end. One whole day with a jigsaw running metal blades. What a freakin' nightmare! That's when I knew a plasma cutter was in my future. I used stock mounting holes, and stock hardware. I notched the left for the doohicky adjustment, and notched the bottom for oil drain access. Lots of using a hand file for shaping.
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