Cut, Bend and Choose Sheet Metal the Right Way

Worker pressing sheet metalWhether it’s a shed, table or gazebo, crafty homeowners look to sheet metal as their most reliable material. It is easy to work with and comes in varieties. How would you know how to choose, cut and bend the right way? Here are some pointers to help keep you on track.

Choosing what metal sheet to work with

A sheet metal gauge cannot be used for all construction purposes. A table, for instance, would call for higher gauge while a shed would need lower gauge flat metal sheets. The gauge refers to thickness. A higher gauge would mean thinner sheet while lower gauge means thicker sheet.

Bending metal sheet

With the right equipment, bending sheet metal is made easier. You don’t have to own an entire collection of costly tools like the professionals do to help you bend. Use a wood bar, two clamps, the edge of the workbench and a mallet to put together a makeshift bending brake. It can help you bend metal sheets to any angle you desire.

Cutting metal sheet

There are a variety of tools available to help with all your metal sheet cutting needs. Here are a few of those options:

Snips- They look like scissors and work well on a thin metal sheet. Effortlessly cut left, straight or right as indicated on the tool.

Band Saw-Be careful to set the band saw on high speed when cutting sheet metal. The same speed for cutting wood shouldn’t be the same speed you use for metal sheet.

Nibbler-here you have the option of using a drill powered, pneumatic, electric or a hand operated nibbler. This tool helps you make precise cuts on sheet metal.

Metal has from the olden days served numerous purposes. To this day, metal has held its ground as the most useful element in construction. Be sure to use appropriate protective gear when working with metal.