Just wondering if any of you folks on the forum know of an efficient
way of cutting perfectly straight, square-edged strips of metal from
If you have a power saw of any kind that has a fence or guide that
can cut metal, you can do this yourself. If you don't have the saw,
you can have it made easily.
Get a piece of flat steel of arbitrary dimensions, but at least
1/2mm thick, and at least 5" X 5", with with 90 degree square edges.
Call it a piece 5" X 5" X 1mm. Cut a slot slightly wider than your
jeweler's saw blade cuts (it's kerf) at least 3 1/2" perpendicular
to any edge in the center of the edge. It should look something like
this when viewed from the top:
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Not sure if these characters will pass the editor, but I hope so.
Basically, it should look like a flat sheet with a slot from the
center of one edge toward the center of the sheet.
Then, clamp it to your bench, or wherever you typically saw your
sheet, but clamp it with a piece of anything straight, such as a
piece of molding or another piece of steel. Clamp it on top of the
sheet 3mm from and parallel to the slot to use as a guide. Better
yet, have a piece of steel welded 3mm (or whatever width you want
the strips to be) parallel to one side of the slot for a permanent
guide. Right side if you saw right-handed, or vice-versa.
With this saw guide, you should be able to feed a 3" wide sheet with
your left hand that will butt against the piece you had welded or
clamped 3mm (or whatever) to the right side of the slot. Then,
simply saw inside of the slot for a 3" X 3mm strip. This shouldn't
be very costly and you should be able to get several of these guides
made that will cut almost any width you need. The trick with very
narrow ones will be making sure the slot is barely wider than the
kerf of the saw with which you cut the strips.
If I wasn't clear enough and the silly little keyboard drawing
doesn't show up properly, I'll be happy to email you a drawing.
Better yet, somebody here may know a better, simpler way.
James in SoFl, Your Guide