Learning to Cut Brass Sheets for Models

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

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.

Bench Tools

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.

Power Tools

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.


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