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Old 08-18-2009, 08:24 AM
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The Official Tube Notching Thread

Hey guys, I'm going to start a tube notching thread, so.....

If you have any questions, input, tips or tricks or horror stories about notching tube. The good, the bad and the ugly, here is the place for it.

Hole saw notchers......good or bad?
Best hole saw?
Abrasive notching vs. end mill style notching?
How many notches do you get from an abrasive belt?
Notching with a chop saw?
Best way, worst way to notch tube?
Software to help with tricky notch angles?
Notching schedule 40 pipe.....best way?
Home made notchers, lets see em!

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They make a tool that is used to transfer the notch to the piece you are working on. Get a good quality notcher and plent of hole saws.
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There's a fine line between tech and advertising isn't there.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:17 AM
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Here is a cool notch template program

http://metalgeek.com/static/cope.pcgi
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:50 AM
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Baileigh,

Good idea. Might even be better as a Wiki article. Just click on the "tech article wiki" link near the top of the page to start one. I've always wanted to understand the ins and outs of tube notching.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:15 AM
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check out the perfection


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Whoa, that's the most perfect red X that I ever did saw.
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Me too, my red X has a nice border though.

I notch tubes on a Bridgeport EZTrac X-Y CNC. They're usually too long for the Haas CNC and the Bridgeport can angle the head

The trick is proper fixturing of thin wall tubes and of course, feeds and speeds.

For sch 40 pipe? I wouldn't even consider using the material or doing it for someone else. I'll tell the guy to use a cutting torch and a grinder.
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Whoa, that's the most perfect red X that I ever did saw.

Oooops!

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There's a fine line between tech and advertising isn't there.
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I'm with cboy on this. Good idea and cboy's idea of the tech article is even better.

While there may be a thin line being approached, it's being done in a tasteful and acceptable manner. Yes Paris, it's my opinion.

I would consider this thread to be marketing reserch, the purpose of such is to look towards building a better product or new products. New products are something this country could use more of.

I'm rather pleased to think Baileigh thinks enough of the experience and capabilities of members of this forum to post here.
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For sch 40 pipe? I wouldn't even consider using the material or doing it for someone else. I'll tell the guy to use a cutting torch and a grinder.
This might be a stupid question, but how would a plasma cutter work on something like this? The tool amazes me sometimes with the quality of cutting a guy can do.
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This might be a stupid question, but how would a plasma cutter work on something like this? The tool amazes me sometimes with the quality of cutting a guy can do.
Dinger, that's not a stupid question at all. I'd think it would be much better than a cutting torch.

Of course, having said that, I admit I don't have a plasma cutter..... and for that matter, I can't worth a Tinker's dam with a torch.
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This was not done on one of our notchers.....

I just found this picture on another off road forum. I was impressed with the welds and notching. Having that many tubes coming into the same spot.....well this guy did a pretty good job I think.
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Baileighs on lots of forums and yes it is a type of advertising but i actually don't care because he contributes to the various forums.
With this in mind I have question for those who didn't sleep through maths class.
How do you go about working out the load and surface area on a particular notched joint ?
Another question is,what is the ideal Angle for two tubes to join when building a space frame chassis? 45...35 degrees etc ?
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