I am a horrible insomniac, and I tend to do small projects like this in the middle of the night. Hopefully my methods will help the first time builder with some of the frustrations of building your own parts. Tonight I am building a bracket for the hydraulic clutch slave cylinder on a SBC. Rule 1. Safety first. Eye protection and gloves necessary. Start with a few basic tools. Cardboard or poster board for templates, marker, ruler, tape, and a square. Determine the approximate size of the desired part and rough cut your desired shape, fitting and trimming until you have the fit you want. Transfer to your material, in this case 4 inch flat stock ,1/8 thick. I used a cutoff wheel to this, as this would be the most readily available to the diy guy. Plasma cutters are nice, you could even torch it if you like to grind. I also try to drill my holes before I cut the part off, its easier to drill and hold a large piece. If you cut first, then use a vise to secure the part when you drill. Cuts hurt... Roughcut, ready to start fitting Tacked lower mount on And fitted to the block And a little eye candy.