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Old 06-18-2016   #1
 
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Strap slots in diamondplate

I need to cut a few strap slots in my diamond plate side boards. I'm thinking router w/carbide bit (after a drill hole) but not 100% sure what the best way to do this is. Definitely some quality time deburring and smoothing but what process/tool would make the initial cut the best?

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Strap slots in diamondplate

I need to do the same... Not sure why this wasn't done when frame was built, i wish there was a slot wherever there wasn't a weld. Let me know what you do!


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If it is aluminum I would drill a hole at each end of the slot with a bit the same diameter you want the slot to be. Then cut the center out with a jig-saw.


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Or use a dremel with a cut off wheel in place of the jig saw
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A Plunge router will work just fine. Clamp a piece of angle on the smooth side to use as a guide. Use good goggles and ear plugs to protect your self and a tarp for the chips. It is easier to use a hole saw and cut circles but much less sexy.
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I want to be clear that I'm trying to just cut a simple 1" strap slot and not the larger openings that are in the "usual" places. I'm starting to thing that a Dremel would suffice.


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A dremel with a disc will do it- slowly. Be sure to protect your eyes- as those cutoff wheels shed a lot of grit. Make the drill holes big enough to fit a file in there to smooth off the edges, or your straps will get cut easily.

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Router. Drill a pilot hole and drop your router in place. Use a simple jig/guide to keep the slot straight. You'll still need to go back and de-bur with a file and/or emery cloth. A Dremel will jump all over the place. I've made a few frames and love having slots to rig 50 cal. boxes, I can place 3 boxes on either side of my cooler.
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I would be most hesitant to use a Dremel tool. Router or jig saw is how I would go.


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