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Old 03-03-2015, 06:52 PM
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Hello all,

I registered a while ago on this site but have as of yet to post anything due to being a complete newbie to everything crafty. I came here because I am working on an art project that requires me to think outside the box. Having said that, can any one give me recommendations on how I would properly drill a hole in a thick plate of sheet metal where I might secure a handle without having access to the back portion to place bolts around the screws? Take into consideration that I do not know how I can determine what drill bit or thickness the sheet metal is. I would like for where the two metals join to be flush and as clean and neat as possible. What options do I have and/or what should I consider?

Screws? Rivets? Welding? Tape?

Also another dilemma posed at the present moment, I do not have the tools to practice and cannot chance messing up much give or take a little give.


Thank you in advance.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:04 PM
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What kind of sheet metal?

You don't typically weld sheet metals until you get to heavier thicknesses. You definely should be aware of any poisons given off if you do weld. If it doesn't require tons of shearing strength then soldering may be good on steel or copper. Solder isn't such a good method for many sheet metals.

We need more information.
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:04 AM
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If you don't have access to the back side, and need to mount a handle on thick plate, you could always drill and tap. But more info would be better.
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