Step 2: Cut the Corners

Cut the corners to make a zinc table top
Photo: James Worrell
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Using tin snips, make a diagonal cut in the zinc at each corner, from the metal’s outermost point to where the corner of the wood starts. Repeat on all four corners.
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    Tools List

    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • Aviation Snips
      Tin snips
    • adjustable clamp
      Quick-grip clamps
    • demolition chisel
      Flat 12-inch chisel
    • dead-blow hammer
      Deadblow hammer and clean cloth or rag
    • Soldering gun
    • flat file
      Metal file

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch birch plywood cut to the size of the table you want

    Thin sheet of zinc (0.02 inch thick is best) cut 2 inches wider and longer than the plywood

    Construction adhesive

    Coil of lead-free solder