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#1 Whatitis

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Posted 03 November 2004 - 07:17 PM

Does anyone have any special techniques they use to ensure a straight cut? I use a hacksaw and my recent cuts have all been slanted, therefore i had to sand the barrel down to make it straight.
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Posted 03 November 2004 - 07:49 PM

Get a miter box. If you don't know what that is, ask a person at home depot or at any other hardware store, they will show you what it looks like.
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#3 IronRhino

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Posted 03 November 2004 - 09:41 PM

Practice.
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Posted 03 November 2004 - 09:57 PM

Or a simple pipe cutter. They're really not all that expensive, and you could probably find one sitting in your tool room somewhere.

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Would be a heavy duty and more expensive pipe cutter.

This, however:
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Would be ideal for cutting PVC.

They're really simple to use, just clamp it so the blade is where you want to cut, and spin it while applying pressure.

[EDIT] The only thing that should be noted and I forgot to add is that by using a pipe cutter you'd probably need to ream the inside of the barrel with something to open it up, as the pipe cutter usually closes it a bit. Some cutters come with a small gadget (for lack of a better word) that comes out so you can clean out the inside of the barrel, but a simple utility knife would suffice.

Edited by Spectre2689, 03 November 2004 - 10:00 PM.

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#5 Jangadance

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Posted 04 November 2004 - 01:20 AM

This, however:
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Would be ideal for cutting PVC.

They're really simple to use, just clamp it so the blade is where you want to cut, and spin it while applying pressure.

I wish it were that good.

I bought one, it IS perfect for cutting PVC quickly and easily, but it's meant for squeezing like a pair of giant scissors rather than spinning like a conventional pipe cutter. Because of the way its jaws work, the cutter is prone to slicing diagonally if you don't hold it perfectly still. With practice, I still can't even perfect it. I would advise against this type of pipe cutter for making barrels, although it IS great for cutting links for homemades etc.
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#6 Ender

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Posted 04 November 2004 - 09:22 AM

I use the turn style pipe cutter and Iíll never had any problems with it.
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#7 Half Newb Half Nerfer

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Posted 04 November 2004 - 10:14 AM

I just get a peice of electrical tape and wrap it around the pipe then cut it with a hacksaw.
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#8 moosenukem

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Posted 04 November 2004 - 06:45 PM

I have a table saw (at least my Dad does) and so thats was I use. I alos have a sander that I use when I get my barrels slanted.
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Posted 04 November 2004 - 06:46 PM

A miter box, as stated before, is probably your best bet. They are really cheap (at least the plastic ones), and you can use them with your hacksaw.

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#10 NinjZ

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Posted 05 November 2004 - 02:33 AM

My friend has one of those turning ones wich I use when he's around. I take an exacto knife and trim the ends a bit and cutt the inner lip down some so stefans will slide in easier.

When my friend is not around I free hand with a hacksaw. I ususalyl get them close to strait but sometimes I have to sand or trim the ends with one of my many hobby knife blades.
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#11 Arcanis

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Posted 05 November 2004 - 08:03 PM

I've had great cuts with a Japanese pull-action hacksaw.

Edited by Arcanis, 05 November 2004 - 08:03 PM.

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