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I am building a block plane in my workshop. The plans were featured in Shopnotes No. 79 and call for me to cut the shape of the plane out of 1/8" flat brass stock with a bandsaw. It does not however tell me I need to use a metal blade or a special blade for this. Is it ok for me to use a 3/8 in bandsaw blade on metal?

Metal and wood blades don't mix – even the slightest contact with metal will dull a wood cutting band saw blade. Use a blade that is designed to cut non-ferrous metal. That said, a metal cutting blade doesn't turn your band saw into a power hack saw. Your band saw needs to have adjustable speed settings – wood and metal are cut at different speeds.


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