Any suggestions on what tools to buy to cut the steel plates. I used metal clippers and it worked ok. If I use that I need to smooth out the edges so any suggestions on the best way to do that?
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One tool you could use to cut small parts is a dremel. It has many different configurations that you can use.
To smoothen out the edges, using something as simple as a handheld file would work. Something strong enough to not break itself while being able to soften the metal.
We use a Dremel with a metal blade.
We use a dremel to cut our pieces
Sandpaper would probably do the trick for smoothing. Dremels (with sanding/cutting bits) also work pretty well.
My team uses metal files to smooth out the edges, but we use a hacksaw to cut the metal, which makes the cut smoother than metal cutters would.
I usually just use a nail file to smooth edges. It works well and doesn’t really take that long.
I would use a Dremel if I were you.
If you can afford a horizontal desktop bandsaw for about $200 it makes cutting metal super easy and a lot safer.