best tool for gouging out a thin line in metal

Old 05-04-15, 11:31 AM
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best tool for gouging out a thin line in metal

I am thinking something like a graver but most gravers don't seem to be that effecient at gougning out a hair thin line in metal. I want to do it by hand if possible.
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Not sure what you are trying to do would a scratch awl work?
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Thick metal, thin? How thin of a line and how deep?
All machine shops have tool bits that can cut into metal, the question is how to hold them for the job you want.

Something like a block plane with a blade sharpened, shaped, and hardened could follow a guide with down pressure and an adjustable depth.

Now, lets see what the real machine people have to suggest.

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I know this post is a touch old but here's an idea. How about a 4 1/2" angle grinder, with a thin cut-off disc? The discs are 3/64" thick. Add a safety guard to allow you to cut to a certain depth: it would be like setting the guide on a circular saw to cut at a certain depth. (The cut-off discs wear quickly, though, so you'd need to set the depth fairly frequently.) If there's a Harbor Freight near you, you could get it all for about $25, less if you use a coupon.

Just for curiosity, what's the application?

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