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    Are there metal cutting scroll blades
    that will cut copper sheeting ?
    I am a newbie with scrolling. I have a project in copper
    that requires I cut free flowing slots with
    small radii, like a 1/2 in dia.
    If there are blades available that will cut copper/metal,
    could anyone please guide me to it ?
    Thanks,
    Smitty

  • #2
    I know Flying Dutchmen has metal blades.

    Member Old Dust told me about diamond coated blades available from American Science and Surplus.

    Last week I saw some Delta diamond coated blades for ceramic tile but they were costly. $13 each

    You could try what I did when cutting aluminum. I did the rough cutting with a modified junior hacksaw blade... I cut them down to 5"... Then finish off with a regular wood cutting blade/
    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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    • #3
      Copper is soft gummy stuff, any blade that has 3 or more teeth to cover the thickness of the copper should work. I would sandwich it between 2 pices of thin plywood. Pegas also has some Jewlers blades that are made specificaly for metal. I havn't tried them yet.
      Rolf
      RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
      Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
      Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
      And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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      • #4
        Also check out The Pegas metal cutting blades
        http://bensscrollsaw.com/store1.html
        They are personally my top choice for scrollsaw blades. .
        W.Y.
        Last edited by William Young (SE BC); 09-14-2006, 12:48 PM.
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        • #5
          Hey Carl,
          My understanding about the diamond blades is that they will virtually never dull. So $13 might not be a bad price for a blade that lasts forever.
          Smitty, I would suspect any woodcutting blade will cut copper as it's a very soft material. You've already been given a couple of sources of blades, my recommendation is that you try some of each and decide which you prefer. Everyone has their favorites.
          Kevin
          Scrollsaw Patterns Online
          Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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          • #6
            Smitty:

            Google for Silversmith supplies.

            For example, (out of many)
            http://www.silversupplies.com/catalo...ws/index.shtml

            This page has several metal cutting blades of different sizes. Take a look at the PIKE blade line of product way at the bottom of the page. You can Google just for Pike Blades, and maybe find them cheaper than the link above.

            Copper, brass and aluminum I think are OK to cut with 'silversmith' blades but I don't think anything else.
            Heat is a problem with metal. Please clean your saw, as hot metal chips and saw-dust don't play well together. (I am sure you know that already, I am just being long winded. No offense intended.)

            Phil

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            • #7
              I would not use a diamond blade on metal especialy not copper.
              The diamond blade is basicly a wire impregnated with diamond bits. The metal would gum it up and get hot. The diamond blade would be for glass or ceramic. Using water drip to cool. What a mess that would be.
              Rolf
              RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
              Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
              Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
              And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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