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Starting question - how to cut metal plate?

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  • From: Aslan Ivo <aslanivo@yahoo.co.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 06:43:56 +0100 (BST)
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Hi all 
I am starting in copper plate photogravure and was
wondering how to cut the 16-18 gauge sheets of copper?
Getting a Pexto squaring jump shear is out of the
question - those things weigh a ton and there's no way
I could get one into my apartment. How about a
dremel-like tool - clean straight cuts?

 I won't be making anything larger than 11x14 inches,
and I guess I'll have to get the copper sheets precut
to that size to begin with - but after the plate is
etched I want to be able to snip the edges as needed
to suit the size of the image and to remove the step
wedge. Do you know of a benchtop shear that can handle
these plates? I know of people who have shears but I
really dont want to go back and forth to their place
to use their shears if there is an easier way.

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