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Betsy

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1722 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: band saw cutting metal

I need to cut one end off of a magnetic knife board for a friend. I could use a hack saw and elbow power – but was wondering if any of you have cut metal with your band saws. The metal that surrounds the magnet is pretty soft as I was able to dent it easily with the tip of my screwdriver. I figure if I use the band saw I’m sure to get a better, straighter cut than by hand.

The piece I am cutting is 1/4” maple wood, then 1/8” metal strip, then 3/8” magnet then 1/4” maple wood – repeated twice.

I looked up the Olson blades I have and they say the blades are rated for soft metals. But really thought I would throw it out on the forum to get some thoughts.

I’d appreciate your thoughts.

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jerryz

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#1 posted 1722 days ago

Well, I would not recommend trying to cut magnets with a Band Saw blade, even a bi-metal one will have a very hard time trying.
The reason being that most magnets are either made of ceramics, rare-earths or in the best case and worst kind of magnet out of steel.

All these are extremely hard materials not suitable to be cut with a tool also made of steel. The reccomended tool would be a Diamond tipped cutter or worst case a Tungsten Carbide cutter.

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hootr

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#2 posted 1722 days ago

sawzall or jigsaw with fine tooth bimetal blade
clamp a speed square for a guide and go slow

-- Ron, Missouri

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Bob #2

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#3 posted 1722 days ago

Betsy, one of these hand grinders wilth a metal cutting disk on it is your best bet.
They are in a range of reasonable prices for the hobbiest and I strongly recommend having one in every woodshop.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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aldente

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#4 posted 1722 days ago

Hi Betsy, JUst as Bob advises, I’d try my die grinder with a cut off wheel on it.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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Betsy

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#5 posted 1722 days ago

Thanks for the tips guys. I don’t have theses types of grinders you recommend. I do have a jig saw though – but I’m thinking the hacksaw with a good sharp blade might be my best option. I’ll let you know how I come out.

Thanks again.

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BTKS

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#6 posted 1722 days ago

Good idea, go for the hacksaw. I’ve had bandsaw blade trashed by an aluminum gutter let alone magnets. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Russ

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#7 posted 1722 days ago

a good hacksaw and a guide, like a bench dog should do the trick in half the time it would take to set up the bandsaw. good luck

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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Betsy

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#8 posted 1722 days ago

Ended up using the hacksaw. Used a 24 tooth new blade. Cut like butter. Cleaned up the edges with the disc sander. Will deliver tomorrow. One more thing off the to-do list!

Thanks for the help guys.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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