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likesmountains 52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-05 07:11 PM
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Can a brass kick plate be cut to size? I need a 4" plate and can only
find 6"...thanks!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-05 09:00 PM
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1. depends on your tools I expect. It may be hard to get nice clean
edges that aren't sharp

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LiberalUprising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-05 12:28 PM
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2. Yes you can cut a brass kick plate
Edited on Thu Oct-06-05 12:30 PM by LiberalUprising
Home repair expert Henry Harrison helps a homeowner cover an unattractive door with a brass kickplate (figure A). He shows her how to make a template to cut a piece of brass to fit around the door's decorative molding. On his elbow grease scale of one to four, Harrison gives this job a two.

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/rm_door_window_repairing/artic...

If edges are sharp after cutting, simply sand them down.
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likesmountains 52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-05 04:32 PM
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3. Thanks, that helps...just need to find someone with a metal blade...
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LiberalUprising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-05 05:56 PM
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4. Anytime
If ya have a jigsaw, metal blades are cheap enough.

For a straighter cut , fashion a jig out of a straight edge out of a 2x4 or similar, clamp to your work surface so you have a guide to butt the jigsaw against or use a fence that comes with most jigsaws these days.

It's much easier to get a straight cut this way, than freehand especially if you are not used to cutting with a jigsaw.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-05 06:59 PM
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5. And cut **slowly**
Use the fence/jig/guide as suggested. but be sure you cut slowly. A jigsaw has a habit of balde wander or blade wobble, wherein the saw might be straight but the balde, unsupported at one end as it is, tends to wander a bit. Slow cutting, particularly in metal or harder woods, virtually elininates it.
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