I let excitement get the better of me in accepting my first commissioned job. A buddy of mine is making a guillotine for his Halloween party and wants me to make the blade.
Price is settled and I have material. I also told him that there is a distinct possibility it will be beyond me, but I'll give it everything I've got short of hand-filing the thing.
The end piece is (I don't have the measurements on me) 16" down the long side, 3.5" along the short side, and 15" across.
He does want a bevel on the blade but asked me not to make it razor sharp because some guest will cut their fingers off.
There are also 3 1/4" holes to be drilled equidistant, centered 1" from the top.
Ok. Here's the problem.
I've got a mini-mill, a 7x12 lathe (useless for this in any form I imagine but hey, list your assets) and THIS combination miter saw.
Last night the happy UPS man delivered my happy 12" abrasive cut-off blades, so I put one on the saw, clamped the steel down and tried to take a test cut off an edge, to see how it would behave.
Now... I'm not sure what I expected. Sparks flew and I drew the blade back and forth over the material with a light hand. My fear was that if I plunged the thing in, that I would shatter the blade and it would dismember me at those rpms.
I only got most of the way through it before realizing that I should probably ask you guys before getting myself killed or the house lit on fire by streaming sparks.
I THINK I can position the thing such that I can take the long (diagonal) cut in a couple passes from each side.
But once I have the roughed shape, I'm not sure what to do with it.I can tilt the miter saw over by 45 degrees and cut/grind a bevel in that way I suppose but in light of last night's escapades, that sounds pretty dangerous.