A friend of mine is contemplating a shear and asked me if I had a shear.
"Why yes, I do have a shear. "
"what kind is it?"
A tabletop shear.
A little guy. Short and sweet and up to most tasks I set before it
Its the 6" econo shear from Contenti.
and then - "do I like it and what I liked about it, etc. etc"
OK, so the conversation didn't go exactly like that. In true form I rambled on and really gave what "I" thought were pros and cons of various shears and ended with I like mine fine, but I really don't use it that much anymore. (but I plan to change that!)
Anyway, we got to talking about the curvature that happens when really narrow pieces are cut (and how you should NEVER run your hand across the cut strip to straighten it - dont ask me how I know) I told him that I'd take some photos and share them
So, this is not a tutorial, or even a hidi -- its just some photos cutting 24 gauge sheet and 18 ga sheet.
I line up my scribed line in the very crook of the jaw and the end of the line closest to me, right on the right edge of the lower jaw/shelf. This way the cut stays on the line (for the most part). I use my left hand to stabilize the sheet.
(see how it is no longer overhanging the front of the shear?)