I am looking to get some pieces cut from an aluminum sheet but I have little prior experience working on a bandsaw with wood. Would anyone be available to walk me through safety tips on the bandsaw and possibly other metal cutting machines, on the coming Tuesday November 22nd?
Hey, how thick is the aluminum you are trying to cut. The wood bandsaw should not be use to cut aluminum. The blade speed is too fast. There are many ways to cut aluminum depending on the sheet’s thickness.
So the big green bandsaw is for wood only, in addition to the blade speed issue (the metal will melt into the blade), the aluminum chunks will embed in the rubber tires and could transfer to someones wood project later. Our blades are also way to coarse to safely cut thin materials.
Scroll saw would work, as would a jigsaw, or even a jewellers fret saw. For 25 gauge you could even just use some tin snips.