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Decorative wire mesh

4/27/21       
Chris

Whatís the best way to cut woven wire mesh for door panels? We currently use a straight edge and grinder which works ok, but wondering if there is a better way.

Do you silicone the mesh into your frames, or use a wooden stop?

4/27/21       #2: Decorative wire mesh ...
rich c.

A sheet metal stomp shear is the best way.

4/28/21       #3: Decorative wire mesh ...
james e mcgrew  Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

look at buying them

Artisan Panels

4/29/21       #4: Decorative wire mesh ...
BobbyS

The easiest way we have found to cut metal mesh panels to size is...

1) Cut two pieces of scrap 3/4" plywood at the exact size you wish the mesh panel to be.

2) Sandwich the mesh panel between the plywood panels. Screw the plywood panels together, with screws running right through the openings in the mesh, while taking care to exactly align the ply panels with one another.

This will "clamp" the mesh into position, and it should not shift at all while being cut.
. . . Also, this method makes it easy to see that the mesh is perfectly centered & stretched into the right position.

3) Use a jig saw with a metal cutting blade to cut closely around the perimeter of the the plywood panels.
. . . The result should be a perfect cut, safely done.

4) If you start with cutting the largest needed mesh panels first, then the plywood panels can be reused / recut for the next largest size. . . . So, the one set of ply panels may well serve the needs of all/most for all the mesh panel sizes to be cut.

Good Luck!

4/29/21       #5: Decorative wire mesh ...
Matt Calnen

Bobby, thatís brilliant! Not having fancy shear or wanting to grind it, I always fought woven wire panels. With hand snips. The jigsaw sounds much easier. Thanks

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