Sat Nite Special #7 brings you ~ how to cut metal!

So who’s all in with that title?!? (crickets) The theme is anything goes as always! So please don’t run away quite yet. I have reasons for my (lack of) sanity. 🙂

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Alrighty then! Oh, everyone and their dog will be excited about this tutorial! Ready? You’re going to learn … (this is my alltime fav subject!)….

HOW TO CUT METAL CLAD SIDING.

Yessiree, only here on Funky Junk Interiors, will you learn such a diverse education! Let us begin.

Why would you want to cut metal you ask? Well, that’s easy! If you desire…

metal clad siding backed armoires

… or a painted metal clad siding enhanced headboard, this is so the lesson for you!

What to do

1. The right gear.

Grinders

My buddy Dan loaned me his two grinders. One is housed with a cutting disc, and the other… I can’t remember the right term… sanding disc? You don’t NEED two grinders, but it’s helpful if you do so you don’t have to change the blades back and forth.

Leather gloves

Grinders are dangerous and metal is sharp, so leather gloves are a must. Longer ones reaching up your arm are best.

Safetly Glasses

You don’t want to risk your eyes, so play it safe.

Hearing Protection

I can’t remember if I wore them at this time, but it’s a good idea to do that. Get the type that look like old style headphones. And get good ones. Mine were around $45 and worth every single dime. I have others that are cheap and there’s no comparison.

Tie back your hair

My hair is long so when I work, it’s always tied back. Allow me to show you what all the chick metal cutters are wearing this season…

Yes, you too can look this good. I’m also doning my 20 yr old Y&R t-shirt. (I’ve met a few of the cast back in the day but that’s another story) Nothing spells hotter than this! (yes those are safety glasses overtop my reading glasses. D.O.R.K… actually, you can now get safety glasses with built in reading lenses, so I’ll be on the lookout. Two sets of glasses are uncomfortable.)

2. Metal, preferrably abit rusty for that chic warm against cool theory of course.

– measure it up

3. Get ready to cut by elevating the metal.

I was taught to elevate the metal abit simply by placing a 2×4 down first on the ground. BEST advice ever!

4. Just Cut It.

It’s a little scary at first, but once you know what to expect, it cuts like butter with a good blade. Look how straight that is. Done totally free hand by following my line. The sparks this makes are soooo perdy.

Most grinders come with a safety guard. I’ve used one with and these without, and I have to tell you I much prefer the ones without. You can simply do more with them. You just have to be more careful.

5. File it

Go over the cut edge with the sanding disc. Metal is super sharp and you want to dull those edges.

Now that you know this wealth of knowledge, I totally expect all (one? none??) of you to go forth and cut you some!

Seriously, knowing how to cut substrates of all different mediums simply builds up your card file of knowledge in order to create things. Every day I learn something new like this, I have to go right out and do it again. I’ll be downright dangerous when I know it all.

There are other ways to cut metal as well. HERE is the post where I cut down steel rods with a chop saw. I’ve since also cut down metal rods with one of these grinders too, so they come in mighty handy if you don’t have a chop saw handy.

Do you like tutorials on stuff like this? Learning new things rather than simply viewing show and tells? I have some exciting news on a new series starting, so be on the lookout for that announcement in the very soon upcoming future. 🙂

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Happy weekend inspiration to all!

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  1. Ooooo….another funky tutorial I will prolly never try! *grin* Actually, I’d LOVE to use more power tools, but I don’t have the space to store or play with them. YET.-

  2. Wish I had seen this tutorial BEFORE I used my dremel (and 2 packs of blades) to cut through an old radiator cover…!! What exactly do you call that too? Will they laugh at me at the home store when I ask for a grinder?

  3. A grinder is exactly what they are called and you will not be laughed at for asking. I even have a preference over the make and brand. Let me get back to you on on that part. I have some work to do…

    FJ Donna

  4. And that’s another good reason to have sons! Not that I wouldn’t attempt it–shoot–I’ve done lots of crazy things–but why take unnecessary chances with my menopausal life? Just saying.

    I’m going to attempt that old ceiling tile one of these days, and you’ll be the first to know about it.

  5. Good post! It’s good to see someone out here showing us gals how to use the right tools for the job.
    I worked in construction as a millwright (installing machinery) for eight years and I would like to say, no matter how much “easier” it is to cut materials without a safety guard on the tool, DON’T DO IT!!!
    It is SOOOO dangerous and I have seen people (men and women) lose digits and suffer serious injury because they or someone else removed the guard from a this same type of tool.
    One more thing… make sure that the cutting blade you are using matches the RPM of your grinder! This can cause injury also.
    I don’t mean to preach and I hope no one is offended by my suggestions. I just believe that safety should always come first. 🙂
    ~Victoria