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09-27-2012 10:01 PM
I just accepted a job after a down period. It is not my perfect choice in work but I cannot be choosy at this time and if done correctly this job will be profitable for us.
I am building 10 workstations with 3 sides and a desk top. The units will be 3’ X 6’ X 4’ tall and I am purchasing 4’ X 12’ Stainless Steel 14 gauge sheets. The specs indicate 14 g Stainless to be laminated over 3/4” cabinet plywood. So the interior of the workstations will have a wilsonart laminate and the exterior will all be Stainless steel.
At the ends of each part the stainless steel will bend around the plywood as such: “U”. So using angle iron I will build my own “brake” to make nice even bends.
My one issue will be cutting the Steel. Since they are 4X12 there will be an issue with cross cutting.
The way I want to cross cut is using our newly acquired Vertical Panel Router. If I am able to find a router bit that cuts metal, similar to bits for a Rotozip, I can cross cut with high accuracy.
I have considered maybe simply mounting my jigsaw to the Verticle Panel Router sled and use a fine metal cutting blade and let the sled make the cut very straight.
Then I have also considered mounting my circular saw to the Panel Router sled and using an abrasive blade. But that would mean some fairly moderate modifications to the Panel Router sled. I am thinking the jigsaw will mount very easy just using a few self tapper screws.
I don’t have the funds available to buy any Shearing machinery and the initial draw will not be enough to outsource any shearing services so I hope to do all of my own cutting.