Need to cut and bevel a piece of brass

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Forum topic by Mordi posted 01-17-2015 12:04 AM 986 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2015 12:04 AM

I need to make a bevel on the edge of a 1/8” inch thick x 2” wide piece of brass.

I really don’t want to use my good router bit for this purpose – so I am looking for alternatives?

Perhaps an inexpensive/throwaway router bit? Any recommendations or ideas? maybe use a file?

I also need to trim the length of the brass stock and have a smooth cut. Again, don’t want to use my band saw. Looking for alternatives – heavy duty paper cutter? scroll saw? I heard that gluing the brass between two layers of wood and using a scroll saw prevents burrs on the brass – anyone have success with this approach?


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#1 posted 01-17-2015 12:21 AM

I use an angle grinder with an abrasive blade made for soft metals (brass and aluminum).

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 12:33 AM

I’m about to make some heirloom squares from one of my
Shop Notes magazines. The brass they are using for the square they say you can make the small
Cuts with your table saw. As long as you’re not making a ton of cuts your blade should be fine. Couldn’t help you on the bevel cut

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 01:02 AM

If I were you I’d simply file it. Quick, hard to screw up, won’t destroy your blades.

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 01:06 AM

Have some kids in high school shop class cut it using there schools saw and blades. After all Your taxes paid for it…

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 01:43 AM

fret saw. like jewelry makers use.

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#6 posted 01-17-2015 02:01 AM

+1 on filing. I taught metal shop and that is how we done it.

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#7 posted 01-17-2015 02:47 AM

+1 on filing. I taught metal shop and that is how we done it.

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Obviously shop class and not English. ;^)

Seriously though, with a file is a perfect way to do the bevel.
And A hack saw will cut the length with a rough cut which can be smoothed up with a file.
A fret saw will work as well, but will be rougher and harder to get straight than a hack saw.

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