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How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« on: December 31, 2015, 06:19:57 PM »
Happy New Year to all

The sliding rails on the attached picture are about 2” longer than I wanted. I tried to cut off the extra length with a hacksaw but did not even make a mark on the round part.

Perhaps a reciprocating saw may do the job?




Nicolas
Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2015, 06:30:50 PM »
That stuff is hard to about 1/16" or so deep, then it is softer.
I grind all the way around with a cut off disc about 1/8" deep then saw it.
Or just cut it off with the disc in a hand grinder. If you have one big enough.

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Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2015, 07:04:12 PM »
Thin Cutoff disk in a cheap 4" hand grinder will do just fine.

(;-)TP

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Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 12:29:06 AM »
Great idea, thank you both
Nicolas

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Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2016, 06:40:03 AM »
You might want to wrap it with a wet towel to keep it cool while cutting.
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Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2016, 04:52:14 PM »
Or use a masonry type petrol cutoff saw with water feed, these are great for keeping dust down and should help with cooling.

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Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2016, 07:56:53 PM »
I will use a Cutoff disk in a cheap 4" hand grinder which I have and wrap the rest with a wet towel
Nicolas
Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2016, 03:24:24 AM »
4"  disc angle grinder is good in use. Personally, I made an holder for it in the Z- slide of my router, so different type material can be cut with nice cut efge or surface by reciprocating the x or y axis motion. Taking care to have less in depth of cut, to have  thru' cut at both ends, enough surrounding safety shield on your machine.
Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2016, 03:29:16 AM »
Coolant flood as well.

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Re: How do you Cut a Slide Rail?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2016, 07:51:43 AM »
Very good idea Raychar, thanks
Nicolas