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Notching Tube

Can anyone give me some suggestions on notching some tube without the use of an actual Tube Notcher...

I have a drill press, bench belt sander, grinder, 1-3/4 hole saw bit...

I thought I saw someone using a bench belt sander to quickly notch tubing... Not sure if this will work for me...

Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Notching Tube

I built a cage using a drill press and a hole saw. You will have to place the tube between two blocks of wood and clamp both the wood to the drill press table and the tube to the table. It is a pain and takes a long time, but it can be done. Next time I need to notch tube I will use a notcher.
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Drill press, hole saw and a way to safely hold it's all you need. You are there now.

Then finish it up with a 4" grinder, die grinder, or even a round file.

No matter how sophisticated you get, you still have to touch it up for the perfect fit.
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Re: Notching Tube

I have used the bench sander. They are nice, but you have to have a drum to match the material you are using or the notch is not very acurate.
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Re: Notching Tube

A friend of mine has 3 little jig things for marking tubing for a notch. They are hinged and wrap around the tube and you mark with chalk or whatever. He uses a torch and then a grinder to finish it up. With 3 sizes he can notch most anything. Very handy little tool but I don't know where he got them.
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Didn't someone have a program to print out a pattern for notching. You just plug in the size and angle or whatever and it will print out a pattern theat you just wrap around the tube to mark off the notch. How you cut it is up to you but the notch will have the right shape without a lot of guessing.
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Re: Notching Tube

Yeahhh... I went looking for a belt sander with a 1 3/4 drum and couldn't find one at the local hardware and major chain stores like Lowes and Sears, etc... Any idea where I can get one?

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Re: Notching Tube

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a 1 3/4 drum and couldn't find one

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I picked up a DRUM sanding set from Lowes there were 5 drums from 1" to 2" with 1/4" size increase. These are used on a drill press.
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Re: Notching Tube

The way I did it on 8 connections and works well:
1) cut the tube end at matching 30 degree angles.
2) Straight cut the tube end.
3) finish with angle grinder

I used to have a photo, but I can't seem to find it. These cuts will get you quite close with only a little grinding to finish it off. I use a chop saw for the cuts.

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Re: Notching Tube

hmmmm Interesting... but that wouldn't solve angled notches I don't believe.

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