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    Sawing Sheet Metal Accurately with a Vertical Bandsaw

    As a young adult, I was profoundly influenced by the writings of R. J. DeCristoforo. With zero interest in woodworking, I was drawn by his approach to problems. He would put together custom fixtures and tools at the drop of a hat and get high precision results. I read his books as philosophy, not how to make sawdust.

    Fast forward to today’s challenge – sawing sheet metal on my vertical bandsaw with high accuracy. Mr. DeCristoforo’s genius shines through.

    If you are interested, please see

    https://rick.sparber.org/BandsawSled.pdf


    Your comments are welcome. All of us are smarter than any one of us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rgsparber View Post
    As a young adult, I was profoundly influenced by the writings of R. J. DeCristoforo. With zero interest in woodworking, I was drawn by his approach to problems. He would put together custom fixtures and tools at the drop of a hat and get high precision results. I read his books as philosophy, not how to make sawdust.
    You too.

    I always anxiously awaited his contributions to Popular Science. Still have his

    De Cristoforo's Complete Book of POWER TOOLS

    and

    Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone

    Another Popular Science contributor of the same ilk and skill was Rosario Capotosto. I have his

    200 Original Shop Aids & Jigs for Woodworkers

    All of these books are treasure troves of ideas for tool making, be you woodworker or metalworker. Highly recommended.

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    Marv,

    Why am I not surprised?

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    Thanks rgsparber! We've added your Sheetmetal Cutting Sled to our Metalworking category,
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    Another useful device from Mr. Sparber that will save many fingers. But, mis-matched screw heads on the sled? Geeesh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadgeteer View Post
    Another useful device from Mr. Sparber that will save many fingers. But, mis-matched screw heads on the sled? Geeesh!
    Mea culpa.
    Rick

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    Curse you Red Barron! As if I didn't have a severe shortage of book shelves already.



    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    You too.

    I always anxiously awaited his contributions to Popular Science. Still have his

    De Cristoforo's Complete Book of POWER TOOLS

    and

    Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone

    Another Popular Science contributor of the same ilk and skill was Rosario Capotosto. I have his

    200 Original Shop Aids & Jigs for Woodworkers

    All of these books are treasure troves of ideas for tool making, be you woodworker or metalworker. Highly recommended.
    Paul A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Alciatore View Post
    Curse you Red Barron! As if I didn't have a severe shortage of book shelves already.
    I guess I better not tell you about my full sets of Gunsmith Kinks and Bull of the Woods cartoons. Oh, wait...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Alciatore View Post
    Curse you Red Barron! As if I didn't have a severe shortage of book shelves already.
    My shortage of book shelves has been solved for me twice in my life time the first time was when my ex wife accidently started a grass fire which burned a storage shed where I had some 2500 books and other items were being stored to the ground. Though I often wonder if she hadn't done it intentionally. the second time was when the company I was with in Kuwait failed to ship my household goods back to the USA containing 100s of paintings and a library of over 3500 books plus all of my shop machinery. I had spent over a month with several guys helping to pack things up in a 45 ft High cube container. This I am sure was intentional.
    I'm through trying to build a library of sorts although I have started accumulating more older volumes of technical books
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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    I guess I better not tell you about my full sets of Gunsmith Kinks and Bull of the Woods cartoons. Oh, wait...
    Marv don't give me any ideas I'm trying not to rebuild another library


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