1/4" Aluminum - what to do with it?

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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 12-26-2016 05:43 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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12-26-2016 05:43 PM

The company I work for switched names, and I claimed the old sign. It’s very flat aluminum, 1/4” thick, 59”x27”. Holes in it. It appears to be painted.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be keeping it around to see if any ideas come to mind. Do any of you have ideas for what this may be good for?

Upcoming shop upgrades include a new work bench and a glue-up table (a new one of the rolling cabinet this is sitting on) I don’t know if this is particularly useful for either of those at this point.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri,

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#1 posted 12-26-2016 06:40 PM

Get it cut for 3/4” strips for miter slots and make some table saw sleds.

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#2 posted 12-26-2016 07:02 PM

Unless you are into metal working, there isn’t much you can use that plate for in it’s present size. If you need small pieces of aluminum, it can be cut from the plate. Aluminum is soft and can be cut easily with a table saw or band saw. Just make sure you wear safety goggles and long sleeves. I build model locomotives and use a lot of 1/4” aluminum. If I lived closer, I would take it off your hands; for a price naturally.

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#3 posted 12-26-2016 07:20 PM

You may find your aluminum useful for making a jig/fixture someday. I can see some clamping possibilities…..

Here is an example of a principle that may give you some ideas.

It’s a project posted by Patron. Lot’s of ideas there. Search the forum section, many more to be found.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 10:31 PM

Keith, cut it in half and double it to make a top for a router table. FWIW

-- Art

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#5 posted 12-26-2016 11:36 PM

Make a wood shop sign for your shop

-- Do it Right the First Time

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