How to Cut Steel Bars

I did this at TechShop Menlo Park.

In the attempt to make a frame for large light-box for artwork we needed to cut galvanized steel bars to 1ft lengths.

Step 1: Loading

We placed the bars on the cutting area with a rolling support from one side to hold the weight up.

Step 2: Measuring

With a tape measurer we measured 1ft lengths.

Step 3: Set Up

The wheel is turned to the right to secure the metal in place. The bandsaw is lowered to about an inch above the cutting area with the red handle.

Step 4: Cutting

Pressing the green saw button sends the blade moving and coolant begins to squirt out.

Step 5: Piece Reteival

The bandsaw reaches the bottom releasing the loose perfectly cut pieces.

Piece of cake! But be aware of the beasts power at all times.



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    6 years ago on Introduction

    You give me an idea: to post an instructable about cutting steel rods with chisel, as my father did. Today's technology is obviously far better, but those former methods are still useful.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice little writeup! It is always interesting to see which aspects of a process a new person focuses on as important.

    I especially liked how you interlocked the Unistrut to do the cutting, so that you had an effective "flat surface" for the bandsaw blade to bite. Much better than trying to cut on the flanges, and have them vibrate back and forth!