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  1. #1
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    Home made tubing notcher

    Hi everyone. I just completed my tubing notcher. There was allot of machining and milling involved but the over all cost was less than $50. There are many good store bought ones out there but for the amount of pipe work I do I couldn't justify the cost of purchasing one so I'm hoping I can get by with this one. I just made the first cut with it and it worked perfectly.

    The main block has self lubricating bronze bushings so I think it should last for awhile but to be safe I put an oil hole in the top as well for added lubrication. One thing about making your own tools is if they break you can repair them easily. Here's a few pics of the completed task. Hope you all have a great day. Paul







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    Good looking notcher Paul,

    Looks like it gives a clean cut.

    What are you powering it with?.

    I really have to get myself a mill. Great job.

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    Very cool 4shorts. X2 on the "I need a mill" comment.

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    Thanks guys. The notcher will come in handy I'm sure but your right about a milling machine. It's hard to own a lathe with out having a mill. The mill I have is not an expensive one but for the projects I do It's good enough. The lathe is a 1979 Sofia but works flawlessly and I've owned it for many, many years. Simon the notcher is powered by a hand drill and It makes the cut very fast. Paul







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    Vey nice work. I have a similar Mill Drill at home with a vise much like the one you have. It really works well. Your notcher does a nice job.

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    Have you guys seen one that will do 2.5" pipe all the way up to 5" pipe? My dilema now is that I do everything by hand as I haven't seen a notcher able to do that large of tubing. Think you can build me one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MicroZone
    Have you guys seen one that will do 2.5" pipe all the way up to 5" pipe? My dilema now is that I do everything by hand as I haven't seen a notcher able to do that large of tubing. Think you can build me one?
    I've seen pipe notchers range in price from $35.- over $4000. so that's why I went the way that I did. Like any design it is always easier to see a simpler way after you have one made and if I had to make another I would simplify it greatly. As for making them for a bigger pipe that's easy, just make the notcher bigger.
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    Well, make me one up and I'll shoot you over some funds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MicroZone
    Well, make me one up and I'll shoot you over some funds!

    John I would think if you need one that big using a hand drill to power it up would be tough. I bet one could be made with a 1 HP motor on the end of the shaft. If I could only retire, I would have so much more time to play with this stuff.
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    very cool....I plan on building one soon to replace the ol joint jigger i have now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4shorts
    John I would think if you need one that big using a hand drill to power it up would be tough. I bet one could be made with a 1 HP motor on the end of the shaft. If I could only retire, I would have so much more time to play with this stuff.
    Hahaa...I hear that. No problem, doing the big stuff by hand doesn't take much longer as I use a big 14" cut off saw and then make small adaptive changes for the finalized fit.
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    Very cool notcher. I need to make one too, but I don't have a mill. I do have an old Craftsman (Atlas) lathe, but I need to do some PM to it. That design sure is sweet. I'm sure it doesn't move or chatter. Looks very, very stable. Great job!

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    Put simple.... Outstanding work!

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    4shorts,
    you are making that dunebuggy project I have been putting off for 15 years a whole lot harder to push to the bottom of the pile of projects. Great work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithboy
    4shorts,
    you are making that dunebuggy project I have been putting off for 15 years a whole lot harder to push to the bottom of the pile of projects. Great work.
    Hey smithboy when you get it built we want to see pictures!! Glad you liked the notcher, thanks, Paul
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    nice job...

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    Wicked looking notcher. very neat, well thought out, great craftsmanship.

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    Re: Home made tubing notcher

    I'm intersted in a tubing notcher. 4shorts, Would you mind posting those pictures again ?

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    Re: Home made tubing notcher

    Yeah, what happened to the pics?
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    Re: Home made tubing notcher

    the pics have gone Paul
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    Re: Home made tubing notcher

    No pictures.........

    kraftymate

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    Re: Home made tubing notcher

    looks like a hole in photobucket gota leak dude

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    Re: Home made tubing notcher (Now with pictures!)

    Hi everyone. Been gone for a while so I didn't realize the pictures weren't there. Got most of them back. Enjoy. Paul
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    Re: Home made tubing notcher

    What would you charge to build another one for me or anyone else?

    Kraftymate

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    Re: Home made tubing notcher

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraftymate
    What would you charge to build another one for me or anyone else?

    Kraftymate
    Kraftymate if I had some extra time I would make some extras but with running my little auto business here and doing all these crazy little hobby things I hardly got time to mow the grass! Right now I'm starting to do a custom Chair made out of a 1954 Coca Cola cooler so I'm tied up for three more weeks. Promised the wife I would mow the grass after I get that finished.
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