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tbone

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Splitting styrene tubing?
« on: May 10, 2013, 23:28:08 »
I'm looking for a good way to split styrene tubing.
I want to split it lengthwise but can't find a way of doing it straight; being tubing the blade wants to slide off one side or the other.

Anyone have ideas?

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Re: Splitting styrene tubing?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013, 07:34:00 »
Try drilling a hole in to a block and guiding 2 sharp blades or 1 through the block at the end , A low for material expansion at the blade . It all depends on how straight you can pull it.
The other way that I use is a  wood joint-er , tape them to a board and shove them across with multiple pass's to the thickness you want , Yes you are going to loose a side .
If its the shape you want just get the solid styrene shapes that are pre made.
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tbone

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Re: Splitting styrene tubing?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2013, 08:17:28 »
Thanks, I'll try that.
What I need is the tube cut open to fit over something.


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Re: Splitting styrene tubing?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2013, 09:30:35 »
A Dremel tool with a cutting wheel will perform the task you want fairly well. Draw a line on the tube to follow.
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Re: Splitting styrene tubing?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2013, 13:47:19 »
Just yesterday I was trying to figure out the same situation with cutting
black rubber heater hose to fit my tugboat's bow push bars. Couldn't get
a straight cut.

A friend watching me said, "Why don't you just slide a piece of round
doweling or a rake handle or something into the hose and then you can
clamp in down and, tracing a straight edge, make a good cut.

Well, I just happened to have a piece of round hardwood stock and the
hose slid on perfectly. Using a brand new, a sharp blade is a must for straight,
I was able to a get pretty good edge. I used sand paper to split the difference.

The other suggestions all work to, TBone. . .Michael in Anacortes, Washington
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Re: Splitting styrene tubing?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 10:23:31 »
You could try putting some acetalene gas in the tube...tape up the ends, then attach a fuse...and light it......hehehehe :P
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Re: Splitting styrene tubing?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 10:35:00 »
I like Mike's suggestion.
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Re: Splitting styrene tubing?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 22:48:10 »
I used the method of drilling a hold in a block of wood, clamping a blade in and pulling it through.  It worked well for what I needed.

Thanks for all the suggestions.