Cutting a Brass Sheet on TS

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Forum topic by Dchip posted 09-11-2011 12:23 AM 1275 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2011 12:23 AM

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I have a brass sheet (~1/16’’ thick) epoxied b/w a couple pieces of wood (roughly 2’’ D x 10’’ L). I was hoping to cut this into 3 or 4 squares on a TS sled. With a high-tooth carbide blade (freud cross-cut) and the piece clamped down, is this a safe couple of cuts? Will it damage (or prematurely dull) the blade? Thanks.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 02:32 AM

A much better solution is to cut it on the bandsaw with a blade designed to cut metal. Safer and you will likely get a better cut. What are you trying to make?

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 09:20 AM

I have cut nonferrous metals on my table saw. Fine tooth blade will work the best.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 09-11-2011 01:37 PM

Since it’s already sandwiched, I don’t see any problem and it shouldn’t dull the blade any more than wood does.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 06:09 PM

The brass won’t do your blade any favors but it’s definitely doable with a carbide blade, and should even provide a decent edge. I wouldn’t suggest using a blade with a steep top bevel angle like a Hi-ATB grind, but a triple chip grind (TCG) would be very suitable.

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#5 posted 09-11-2011 08:05 PM

Should work – just feed the work into the blade REALLY SLOW – brass should not hurt carbide if it is sandwiched between two sheets of wood – just feed it slow

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 02:36 PM

Well there’s some mixed opinions, but I think with proper fixation and slow feeding I will give it a try. Thanks all for your input.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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