I am attempting to make a few "dovetails" which are brackets used to attach a telescope to a telescope mount. If purchased outright, for the kind of dovetails I need, the expense is beyond my budget. I recently acquired some 1/2" aluminum sheet/ bar. The dovetail needs to be 1.75" wide at the base, with the sides cut at a 15 degree angle. Length can vary a bit, but usually about 12-14". My plan was to make at least 3 for the various telescopes I have.
I thought I'd be able to get away with an old circular table saw I had. Last week, I made some 1/4" thick dovetails of a slightly different design using my table saw fitted with a plywood blade. This went well, but when I tried to make these thicker 1/2" dovetails today, I ended up burning out my saw.
Ideas for a cheap way to make these dovetails would be welcome. I've been watching Craigslist for another circular to replace the burned out one, but I don't think it's the best tool for this job without a $30 plus blade made to cut metal and even then I'm not sure it will do it.
Thanks in advance for your help, John