I use copper tubing to make my enamel beads. Ever since I
started I’ve used a hand held tube cutter and cut each one, one
at a time. I’ve made thousands of beads this way. Cutting the
tubes by hand is time consuming and imprecise. I’m trying to
find a way to cut the tubing faster and more accurately.
Today we tried using the table saw. The saw would cut about
half way through the tubing and then rip it off. Needless to
say, the results we unusable. We also tried putting the tubing
in a wood channel to be cut so they wouldn’t get ripped off, but
it wasn’t easy and the edges were still very rough. I’d have to
buff the burr off the edges of the tubes. If I’m going to spend
time doing that, I might as well cut the tubes by hand.
Does anyone have any suggestions for how I might mechanize tube
cutting? The tubing I’m using is 3/8" and 1/4".