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Windows 7: Best recomondation for cutting through a steel case

23 Oct 2011   #11
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

if i were to use a jigsaw id mount a piece of wood behind it and cut through both, if the jigsaw bit and it bounced it would warp the entire panel.

Its not hard to cut a straight line, just have to do it very slowly.


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23 Oct 2011   #12
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

using any type of saw is a matter of experience.
you can cut stuff for years and still be learning little bits here and there.
Nature of the beast I suppose.
If it was super easy to cut and trim everything skilled carpenters wouldn't make the bank they do.

Proper sawblade is very important too
Don't cut metal with a blade made specifically for wood.
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23 Oct 2011   #13
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
if i were to use a jigsaw id mount a piece of wood behind it and cut through both, if the jigsaw bit and it bounced it would warp the entire panel.

Its not hard to cut a straight line, just have to do it very slowly.
ive seen people do it in less than 10-20 min, they claim the trick to doing it safley is a .185mm toothed bit for it, fine enough to not get cought on the metal, but not so much that its just doing a rough polishing job. i get what you are saying about it warping, with that small of a bit would it be a problem still, i could see that being a major problem if it where like a .2 or .3 bit, somthing a bit bigger, or a 1mm bit would do loads of dammage to a computer case, but at .185, think i could get away with just a piece of cardboard behind it?
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23 Oct 2011   #14
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

lol your .185 ect is a foreign language to me lol! im a metric brit lol i just about get inches and 8ths but points im lost

think id use my air powered grinder in all honesty, it would be cheaper on blades, and the larger cutting surface would make a straighter line easier
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23 Oct 2011   #15
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
lol your .185 ect is a foreign language to me lol! im a metric brit lol i just about get inches and 8ths but points im lost

think id use my air powered grinder in all honesty, it would be cheaper on blades, and the larger cutting surface would make a straighter line easier
what does the clean up job on those look like, some fileing, lot of fileing, ton of filing?
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23 Oct 2011   #16
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

almost none with a very fine blade. just run along it with a deburrer

http://www.nfauto.co.uk/images/oct06...eburr_tool.jpg one of them if your not familiar
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23 Oct 2011   #17
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
almost none with a very fine blade. just run along it with a deburrer

http://www.nfauto.co.uk/images/oct06...eburr_tool.jpg one of them if your not familiar
ohok, i gotya, cool, i think a friend of mine has a grinder, so ill buy a cutting blade and see if i can barrow it, try it out on a piece of practice metal, any preference on the metal cutting wheel grit i should use, i dont know that they inherently have grits, but ive used them and they definatly are made different from model to model
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23 Oct 2011   #18
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

as thin as possible, about 2.5-3mm thick


bit crude but an example

he really needs a more powerful compressor lol
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23 Oct 2011   #19
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I have used a Jigsaw with metal cutting blades (you can get cheap ones for about AUD20 to cut holes in my Antec 900 and had no problems.
Just take your time and move slowly forward, you will need to file the sharp edges but they only need a quick rub to remove burrs etc.
As stated earlier make sure that the work is supported close to where you are cutting and you keep a firm downward pressure to stop bounce.
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23 Oct 2011   #20
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

this is looking alot like abunch of trade offs, u can have the straight cut, but u need a good filling afterwords, you can have fast, but u need practice, you can have efficient, but u need money. ultimatly, it looks like all of these are just about taking the proper precautions to make a good cut. if i where to use a jig saw, cuz i need a new one anyways, i get a metal cutting bit with a fine tooth seperation, dont apply to much pressure, and make sure to file down when im done. am i missing anything? also, i was looking at molding from crazy pc, anybody use it or can say it is somthing good to have, i have a black case so it wouldnt really be noticable
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