Cutting steel plate requires a lot of precision and expertise, doing it at home is still possible but the costs are extremely high. The costs are high because the tools required in cutting them are expensive. Talking about the tools required, you will need an angle grinder and an abrasive slicer, both require a lot of years to use properly. Please be aware that although this article tells you how to go about cutting a steel plate, it doesn’t advice you to do so unless you are a trained professional.
- It is important to have a strong foundation over which the steel plate can be placed. Most experts suggest that the use of plywood, since it is both sturdy and quite easy to obtain. Place the plywood on the floor and then place the steel plate over it.
- The first thing to do before cutting the steel plate is to mark the measurements accurately. For marking the steel plate, use soapstone on the exposed part of the steel. Make sure that the markings are visible and as mentioned before, as accurate as possible.
- It is important to make safety your number one priority, so before beginning to cut the steel; make sure to keep all inflammable products away and keep a fire-extinguisher close by to use in the case of an emergency.
- Wear protective goggles and gloves before using any of the equipment; it would be better if you used clothing to wear that can’t be easily melted. So having a pair of workshop trousers and a workshop shirt is a good idea.
- Attach the 4 ½-inch-diameter slicers to a 4 ½-inch angle grinder, and before proceeding wear a face shield; so that no harm occurs to you during the cutting process.
- Start the angle grinder and slowly place at the start of the soapstone mark and move it along its path. Ensure to keep going back and forth along the soapstone mark until the steel plate is severed. Do the whole process as slow as possible to score the surface. After the process has been completed, wait in the room for about 30 minutes to ensure that no safety hazard takes places.
- As a final step, use a file over the steel surface to remove irregular protrusions that may have occurred due to the abrasive nature of the slicer blade.
These steps will help you make curved and straight cuts on your steel plate.