Tool you may not know about

Always good to have some helpful tips when making stove.
Where to get materials cheap, what tool is best.
How to do a specific task. Anything that will help.
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Tool you may not know about

Post by Bfinnigan » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:07 pm

I have used a metal nibbler for several years now to make inside cuts on thin metals. You just need a 3/8" hole to stick it up into and start cutting. I see a lot of stove construction using thin aluminum here and some of you may not be aware of this tool. It's not usually found in hardware stores. It's more an electronics tool.

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I was not able to find a vid of how they work. But i can shoot one real fast if anyone needs to see how they work.
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Re: Tool you may not know about

Post by realityguy » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:27 pm

Harbor freight sells hand and air powered nibblers also..

More than likely yours is higher quality... ;)
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Post by zelph » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:03 pm

I've seen it in one of my favorite catch all stores. I think it said it was used on circuit boards. I'll have to get one this Thursday when the store is open. Open 3 days only Th, Fri and Sat. The Peddler store. when I go there I'll try to do a video of it's interior.

Great tool for light weight stove making. Thanks for the tip. :D
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Post by Bfinnigan » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:05 am

I wasn't sure if everyone knew about it so I tossed it up on the forums. With a little practice they can cut very clean holes/shapes.
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Post by realityguy » Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:46 am

I wasn't sure if everyone knew about it so I tossed it up on the forums. With a little practice they can
Good idea and a handy tool!..I might have one but don't recall.There's a lot of good tools out there and a lot of unknown ones by all of us here probably. I have a lot that I don't know what their purpose is for. :roll:
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Re: Tool you may not know about

Post by Bfinnigan » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:20 pm

It is an easy way to make a square hole vs using a saw and trying to make a clean corner. Or worse yet trying to get scissors or tin snips lined up straight to make a small cut. You can do a job much faster but do it right and have it look clean.
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Post by sudden » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:25 pm

If you have a compressor you can get an air version. Very nice.

For heavier stuff they also have air shears (no good for captured holes but great for heavy work). They leave a similarly clean edge as the nibbler. Made an entire jeep body with them once.
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Post by Bfinnigan » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:08 pm

I'm stuck with the poor man's version of nibblers. :D
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Re: Tool you may not know about

Post by Ridgerunner » Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:28 pm

I've never seen one. That would be a very useful tool in stove building. Next time I go to Harbor Freight, I will have to look for one. Thanks for sharing Bfinnigan ;)
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