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Forum topic by 12strings posted 11-26-2013 09:57 PM 1016 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2013 09:57 PM

For those who have cut up old saws for making card scrapers or scratch stocks…will a simple hack saw work for this?

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 10:09 PM

I use this inexpensive 10” hand shear.

It’s made in China, is very heavy, and slices through cheap American Disston and Atkins saws like they’re butter. (There’s the remains of one it just killed sitting there on the floor).

If you don’t have a shear, then use a standard thin cut-off wheel in your handheld grinder, not a hacksaw.

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#2 posted 11-26-2013 10:42 PM

I would think that you want to add as little heat to the project, as possible so I would discard the cutoff wheel. I think the hacksaw would be better.

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 10:45 PM

If you do use a cutoff wheel, try to minimize the heat you put in the plate.
Go slow, wet it down often.
You don’t have to cut all the way through.
A good scored line and clamp one side between cauls then you can snap the other side off.
A couple pair of those wide duck bill vise grips for sheet metal work would be handy for this.

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 11:08 PM

Yes, it works. You will have a little filing to do to clean up the edges.

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#5 posted 11-26-2013 11:24 PM

I used the cutoff wheels for years before I bought the shear. Heat was never a problem. I got the idea from one of the experts:

http://www.wkfinetools.com/tmaking/art/makingscraper/makingscraper.asp

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 12:03 AM

I’ve used a Dremel cut-off wheel (the fiberglass reinforced kind). Score a line, then put in a vise, and snap off. Use gloves and eye protection. I agree with JustJoe- I’ve never had a heat problem, maybe the wheel’s thinness helps. Others have posted on same subject using a cold chisel in a vise. Hopefully they can add their expertise.

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 12:08 AM

Tin snips will work

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 02:20 AM

JustJoe, where did you get the shear?

I’m really liking the idea.

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 02:53 AM

I got mine from tools4cheap, but I think it was a closeout item because I can’t find it anymore. They do sell a few on ebay if you search for metal hand shear.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 03:43 AM

I see them on ebay, anywhere from $109 to $169 (buy it now)

Thanks.

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