With the rise of DIY projects on social media on the likes of Facebook and Pinterest, many of us are hopping on the band-wagon. Whether it’s showing off our crafty skills, upcycling or even home renovations.
Metal is not always the first material that springs to mind, let alone Chequer Plate to use for DIY. So you should consider using aluminium chequer plate for projects because of the strong and durable characteristics. Moreover, aluminium is ideally suited to project surfaces and protect from harmful chemicals. Furthermore, this piece of metal will WOW the people you know, as well as adding a bit of flair and edge to any project.
But you’ re probably thinking; Where do I begin? How do I cut the chequer plate? How do you stick chequer plates together? And many more questions…
Well, you’re in the right place, because in this post we are will wield you with the information to go forth with your Chequer Plate DIY project.
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How To Cut The Chequer Plate?
Firstly aluminium cuts nicely with a circular saw, so invest in some earplugs, goggles to protect yourself and get a clamp to hold down the chequer plate.
In addition, it is an idea to invest in some cutting oil or wd40 to help lubricate the blade, maximize the life of the equipment and reduces the friction.
Before cutting. Mark with a felt tip pen on the smooth side and cut slowly to prevent the teeth clogging up. If they do clog, scrub the blade with a wire brush. For the finish, use a metal file to smoothen any rough edges.
To Stick or Weld or To Screw. How To Fuse Aluminium Chequer Plate? Is the question
This all depends on your skill level and the type of project.
Before you begin, clean the metal and remove as much particle matter as possible.
To weld, a plain sheet aluminium, use a propane torch and an aluminium brazing rod to bond the pieces of metal. However, with aluminium chequer plate, due to the type and pattern of material, it is advised to visit a welder.
Another option is to glue metal, there are several types of special adhesives, including epoxy, polyurethane, and cyanoacrylate products.
One of the best options is either single component epoxy or two-part epoxy that comes as separate components which must be combined before use. The two-part epoxy creates the strongest metal to metal bond.
After cleaning and prepping the metal, carefully glue, and use a clamp to hold together. Ideally, leave for at least 24hrs.
Depending on the project, screwing can be an easier option for attaching the chequer plate. It is as simple as securing the chequer plate with clamps, marking out the holes for the screws, and using a drill to make the holes.