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Beautifully finish a shape cut from sheet metal by sanding and filing it with progressively finer grit.
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Shape cut out of Sheet Metal
3 Piece Needle File Set
V-Slot Bench Pin with Clamp
6 inch Wooden Ring Clamp
Files are designed with teeth that cut with a forward stroke, so start with the tip of the file and file away from yourself.
When you have finished sawing, you will need to file the edges of the shape.
Hold the metal in a ring clamp. Place the side you wish to file close to the edge of the clamp (flat side for flat edges, round side for round edges).
Push the wedge tightly into the other side of the clamp. Don’t let the metal hang too far out of the side of the clamp – it may bend as you file.
Begin filing, starting with the tip of the file on the edge and filing away from you. Files are designed with teeth that cut with a forward stroke.
Repeat as necessary, changing the position of the metal in the ring clamp as needed to find the best position for filing.
After filing, you may need to sand the piece to smooth out any scratches on the surface.
After removing the piece from the ring clamp, lay it on the bench pin. Begin sanding with a course grit emery stick. We recommend starting with the 3 grit emery stick and gradually working down toward a fine grit.
Begin to sand the metal surface, working in one direction only. Sand the entire piece with the 3 grit emery stick. Then use 2 grit. Next, use 1 grit. Then use 0.
After that, use 2/0. Keep working in the same direction.
Then use 3/0, and finally use 4/0. Continue sanding until your piece is smooth and highly polished. You can further the effect by polishing the piece with a Pro Polish pad.
Congratulations! You have finished sanding and filing your shape.