I have the GolfWorks Assembly Kit (which contains a few types of shaft cutters, I think) and I was using the Tube Cutter. But I was clearly using it incorrectly - I kept tightening it, thinking the wheel-looking thing inside it would cut the shaft. I've since seen a video (my first thought after seemingly crushing this shaft was to look for the "how to" videos on YouTube, although the ones I've seen seem to gloss over the actual cutting part, assuming that there's some semblance of tools knowledge among the viewer) says to tighten it a bit and then try to turn it, but this hasn't been effective on this club either (or I was doing it wrong). Can someone break down proper shaft cutting for me? Feel free to assume I'm bad with tools when you do this (you won't be far from the truth).
Can you tell I don't have much experience with tools? Besides the above-linked kit, I also have a bench vise, but not much otherwise in terms of owning tools, nor is anyone in my family really up on working with our hands, so it's not like I have readily available mentoring in this area. To top it off, I had two friends who used to do some club-building, but they've both since left the area so I can't easily ask them (I've been with them for some club-building in the past, but I didn't participate in shaft cutting).
Fortunately, I used to collect $5 bin clubs, and I decided I'd try with those first before cutting or re-gripping any clubs I actually cared about. I figured I'd eventually be able to buy used clubs and cut them to be fitting the way I want them to (or maybe build an entire set, or practice clubs, or something). So the pictures you're about to see are of a 3-iron I bought for $5 to try at the range before buying a set that included a 3-iron (back in Spring 2008... so this club has been sitting idle for quite some time).
Anyway, pictures, so you can see just how bad at this I am.
(feel free to laugh at me, too! I've laughed at my own incompetence here, too)
Advice wanted! I'm open to buying additional supplies to properly cut, other than power tools, which I don't feel I'm ready for yet. I'm also fine with it if this club is damaged beyond repair -- I have enough others I can practice on before doing a club I care about, although I'd like to learn a little more before I go about it. I can also cut this one down significantly to practice shaft cutting if it's damaged to the point where I won't be able to use it.
(in case it affects things, this is from the grip end of the club in question - I didn't separate the head from the shaft)
And, while I'm at it, a related question: how does this change if I'm trying to cut a graphite shaft instead of a steel shaft?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.