Brass sheet metal is suitable for a variety of applications, such as model making. However, if you’re a modeler who wants to improve your craft by adding brass to the list of materials to work with, cutting them is a start. There are some tools you need to make the cutting of brass sheet metal in your workshop a breeze:
Hand tools are often the basic instruments in practicing your craft, although much trial and error is needed to help get things down pat while exercising the utmost safety. A chisel and hammer works if the metal is a 16-gauge one or lower, and the sheet is atop a wooden backer. Some hobbyists are comfortable with using aviation snips or tin snips to cut just the appropriate size of sheet metal they need for a project. A hacksaw is ideal for softer metal.
Some bench tools can be used for cutting up your sheets. Straight bench shears slice through the sheets in a straight line, requiring you to properly mark the target path of the cut; the Beverly Throatless shear works for patterns. Softer metal sheets need preparation if you ever use a band saw on them.
Angle grinders are often used when taking on heavy-gauge sheets. Power shears and electric jigsaws increase the efficiency, but you must clean the edges of the cut metal thoroughly.