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Yesterday a very good friend of mine called round with a problem. He had purchased a new Sony radio/player, complete with USB socket to replace the factory unit in his Peugeot, the problem being he couldn't get a suitable escutcheon, hence the visit. He had made a cardboard template and a piece of 3mm (approx.1/8") Aluminium seemed the way to go, but the best way to cut it was being discussed when my friend noticed my scroll saw and asked what's wrong with that to which I explained that it was for wood, to which he enquired if I had ever tried Ali. The answer of course was no, but he asked me to humour him and give it a try. I did so and was amazed that it not only cut the Ali. but only one blade was broken. The purpose of this thread is to advise those who have a scroll saw and didn't realise that it can cut Aluminium using a "normal" blade (I have no idea if metal cutting blades are available)

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I use the scroll saw to cut just about anything wood,Alum,plastic,steel,copper,brass (up to 20 guage thick) the steel will wipe out saw blades real quick,,,,but I save all my old saw blades for the Alum and steel cuts....I put in a space under the item I'm going to cut because as you know the blade is like new on the top end of used blades, I also used my band saw to cut up to 2 thick Alum.works great for making your own wood clamps out of Alum.



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That turned out great Harry. My scroll saw is across the river and through the woods now at it's new owners house

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Thanks guys, other than simple trimming, I've never used the scroll saw and if the space is ever needed it would have been the first tool to go, but after what you just told me Bj., I'm definitely going to put it to some use in the future.

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