A kick plate, which is located across the bottom of a door, protects the surface from shoe scuffs and everyday wear and tear. Kick plates are typically constructed of non-ferrous metals, such as brass, copper or aluminum. To cut a brass kick plate, you'll need a blade that can slice through light metals. You can use circular blades featuring closely spaced cutting teeth or abrasive carbon blades with a rotary tool to cut brass; each type of blade will create a smooth cutting line.
Lay the kick plate on a flat work surface. Use a table, a workbench or a set of saw horses with plywood resting on top for support.
Measure and place marks on both sides of the kick plate to indicate where you'll make a cut. Lay a 4-foot level across the kick plate and align the outside edge to the marks. Scribe a line with a felt-tip marker across the kick plate using the straight edge of the level.
Adjust the kick plate on the flat work surface so that the cut line is protruding an inch off the work surface.
Cut the plate steadily along the line with a power cutting tool fitted with a metal cut-off wheel. Bring the speed of the cutting tool up to maximum before starting the cut, to ensure as clean a cut as possible.
Tips & Warnings
- Use both hands to control the rotary tool while making the cut.
- Secure C-clamps or set a heavy object on top of the kick plate if it moves while you make the cuts.
- Remove any burrs from the cut edge using a metal file or a handheld rotary tool with a silicon carbide grinding stone accessory
- Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes when using power tools to cut metal.
Things You'll Need:
- Tape measure
- 4-foot level
- Felt-tip marker
- Power cutting tool with metal cut-off wheel accessory
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- "Carpentry"; Leonard Koel; 2004
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