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    Cheap Tubing Notcher for Your Lathe

    A milling attachment is heavy and cumbersome, and there is always the chance of accidentally dropping it on the ways. I came up with this piece to cut notches in tubing without resorting to a milling attachment.

    Chuck up a hex shank hole saw, mount this little attachment, and you are good to go. The longitudinal power feed makes it automatic. It cuts solids like butter as well.

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    Great idea and I will keep it in mind.

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    I was thinking along the same lines but stuck on fixing centre height for different tubes... Your V block only needs setting once so sorts that. Thanks.

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    Thanks tmate3! We've added your Tubing Notcher Attachment to our Lathe Accessories category,
    as well as to your builder page: tmate3's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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    Very good idea! Thanks!

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    Congratulations tmate3 - your Lathe Tubing Notcher Attachment is the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    Excellent solution, and I expect we'll be seeing more people adapting your clever idea.

    Some more good builds from this week:

    Milling Machine Light by
    Compact CNC Plasma Table by tmate3
    Automatic Tailstock Feed by tmate3
    Pivoting Jaw Tongs by Philip Davies
    Socket Organizers by tmate3
    Router Backlash Fix by Mazay
    Mill Spindle by engineer steve
    Sheetmetal Dolly by Philip Davies
    Nickel Plating Method by Kovanca Polock
    Angle Guide by Mr.DK DIY
    3D Touch Probe by markgyver
    Cross Dowel Jig by itzikdiy
    Aluminum Welding Table Top by N4NV
    Clamp by orioncons36
    Pipe Bender by Kwandotechnic

    tmate3 - we've added your tool entry to our All Homemade Tool of the Week winners post. And, you'll now notice the wrench-on-pedestal award in the awards showcase in your postbit, visible beneath your username:

    You've also been granted free lifetime Supporting Member status. I've stopped your $5/month recurring subscription, so you won't have to pay for membership again.

    And, you'll be receiving a $25 online gift card, in your choice of Amazon (US-only), PayPal, or bitcoin. Please PM me your current email address and award choice and I'll get it sent over right away.

    Nice work!

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