How to use a Disc Cutter
You need a firm platform to cut discs. A log or a standing large
wood beam works great. If you use a bench, position the tool above a leg of your
bench or table. Any rebound will make disc cutting a LOT harder.
A dense leather pad (like saddle latigo) under the cutting tool and
on a heavy anvil along with the appropriate size hammer are a big help. The
leather reduces tool bounce and protects the sharp punch's edges from damage.
Use a flat anvil and mallet and trim when needed to keep your sheet
of metal flat in-between cuts instead of trying to shove a crinkled wad in the
The real trick to getting a good cut is to make sure the sheet
metal is laying flat on top of the lower plate. Hold the punch down firmly on
the metal sheet and to use a good firm, non-glancing hammer blow.
Practice striking hard enough to cut the disc in one blow but not
so hard as to drive the cut disc all the way through the tool.
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