How to Cut Copper Plates

By Daisy Cuinn

Copper comes in sheets of varying thickness for craft and industrial use. When the copper sheet is thicker than .125 inch, it's called copper plate. While you can easily cut thin copper sheeting with metal shears or even scissors, cutting copper plate requires using a power tool such as a rotary tool equipped with a 1 1/4-inch fiberglass reinforced cut-off wheel accessory.

List of Items Needed

  • Clamp
  • Rotary tool
  • 1 1/4-inch fiberglass reinforced cut-off wheel accessory
  1. Clamp the copper plate to your work table so that it stays in place when you try to move it.

  2. Hold the rotary tool at a 90 degree angle to the copper plate. Lower the rotary tool until the cut-off wheel gently contacts the edge of the copper plate.

  3. Advance the rotary tool slowly as it cuts through the copper plate.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make intricate designs in the copper plate using a rotary tool equipped with an engraving cutter accessory.
  • Use caution and wear protective eye wear when operating power tools.

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