I can do both the early 6 5/8 diameter gallons (same as US 5 quart) and the newer shorter 7" diameter gallon cans. I also can dent repair any early soldered rectangular/square tins. From the smaller half gallons right up to the big square 5 gallons.
This last one was already cut, but I would use just 3" or 4" wheels, metal cutting. The thin ones. You might damage a wheel, but one should do. I've noticed the longer length die grinders give you more control but any would work, harbor freight has cheap ones, like $30. I'd mark it with tape and take it slow. Once you get the wheel cutting, it wants to stay straight which is nice.
I made my own doors out of angle, welded it together. Made it so the glass would drop in and have a backing. Used plate glass from a local company that was custom cut. The door was a little heavy, I should have tried to keep it a little lighter. Think I used 1/4" plate. Used some magnets to keep the door closed. If I had to do it over, I would have made the hinges hidden behind the back.
Lots of tools that will work but I would use a die grinder to cut. Works well to place a mirror on the bottom, raised up a little, and the shelf hardware on the ends of the shelf. Last lubester I did I placed a panel on the inside back, spaced out about a 1/2", to hide two LED strip lights.
Started on my first visible (Wayne 615). Someone took the pump out if it and wondering what you all have used and how you have mounted the handles if the pump is gone. Would like to keep the handle moving if possible. The handle I have is a repo
I have an old lubester that's been sitting around for way too many years. I've seen where guys have cut out one side and added glass with shelves. I like this idea, but am wondering what the best way to cut the hole might be. Can others share how they have done it?
It depends upon the diameter. The earlier Canadian gallons are taller and have a smaller diameter, identical to the US 5 quart cans and also the US gallons I believe. Those I can do. The later Canadian imperial gallons are shorter and slightly wider, so my lids would not fit. Sorry I don't have the dimensions handy since I am at work. Cheers, Don.