by Alice Humbarger
Hope all is well with you!
I am getting back to my stained glass after several years, and I have been told there is a more efficient way to cut zinc for a panel. I was taught to use the 45 degree angles which for me is always difficult. Is there an updated way to apply zinc? I appreciate any information you can give me.
Thank you so much, AGAIN!!!
First off I must admit that zinc is not something we use very often. But we have used it enough to know how to cut it, which was not fun until we purchased a cheap chop saw (under $30.00) from Harbor Freight.
We bought it because we restored quite a few very large church windows that had to have zinc for the border framing.
It works like a charm...and you can set it to cut precise angles. All you have to remember is to cut the angles in the correct direction. Two go this way, /____\ and two go this way \_____/ .
Also, remember to wear eye protection when using it.
If you work it right, after the initial 2 cuts, you only have to make one more cut per piece until you run out of zinc, and have to start over on a new length.
I hope the chop saw is what you're looking for. It will make life much easier for you.
Good luck with your project. When you're done why don't you submit a picture to the picture gallery on this web site. We'd like to see what you've made.