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Old 01-09-2011, 02:24 AM
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Default DIY tubing notcher!

Have a look here.

Type in the dimensions, print out the PDF you then get, make sure it's 1:1 scale. Cut the template out.



Tape it onto the tube.



Trace the outline.



Grab an angle grinder (called sawz all in America?) with a cutting disk and and a grinding disk, or even better, a flap wheel. Cut it back to the line with the cutting disk first.



Then tidy it up with the flap wheel or grinding disk.



Perfect!



Nice and square too.



Brilliant idea isn't it? I know I'l be using this a lot in the shed! Even better, it costs basically nothing!

*Pics and general idea nicked off another forum*

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Old 01-09-2011, 02:26 AM
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thats a good little trick man fair play
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Makes a clean fish mouth, although i would still tack it with the square in place.

I do a lot of this tubing, in and out of work, and after a while your fish mouth joints can be pretty precise, and i spend a lot of time on mine, my old man used to say just tickle the end to suit, shove the square/magnet on it and tack er up, but i like mine to look professional, like the joint above.

A lot of these small tips could do with being brought up.
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Thanks for the great link! Perhaps that's worth a "sticky"? I'll look into it.
BTW- A Sawzall is a reciprocating saw, primarily used for demolition and rough construction. An angle grinder is an angle grinder on this side of the pond, too.
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How do you make the templates? (possibly a stupid question...)
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You get the template as a PDF. Run it thru your printer to full scale, cut it out, let 'er rip.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:04 AM
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How do you make the templates? (possibly a stupid question...)
Go to the link in the first line of my post, type in the variables and print the PDF you will then receive.

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Simple enough! I like the idea.
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Used this last week works great. even 10* angles and two differant sizes
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chop saw notching
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FWIW, I just used this for the first time with total success- had a tricky one to figure out and it ended up being pretty painless...
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Thats awsome. I have a kart frame im fixxin to cut up and use . I was just gonna join the tubes like they did (slightly flatten the ends) but I think ill go this way.
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Thanks for this article. It'll save me some money when I start to weld my frame together.

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