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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Slotted & clocked is traditional.

    Looks great I think!
    This old workboat is already getting too fussy. When I start clocking screws, clock me upside the head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Square was the only thing Tacoma Screw had, but why slotted?
    No good reason at all. I just like the look of slotted screws. Please ignore my kibitzing and carry on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    This old workboat is already getting too fussy. When I start clocking screws, clock me upside the head.
    Will do!
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    Default Re: Which method to cut bronze pipe?

    Those square drive screws are the digital equivalent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    Actually, I take that back. I do have some advice. Which is to not overthink things here. A good hacksaw is easy, quick and plenty accurate enough. No need for anything more complicated than this:



    Each cut took less than thirty seconds or so, if I recall. I do remember being surprised at how well that saw went through the pipe after a lifetime of using cheap, flimsy, hardware store hacksaws. Never again.
    I'm becoming more discerning about tools because of this forum. Maybe a quality hacksaw is next for me.

    I'm just curious why the pipe cutter was not mentioned much. It cuts without making sawdust. And it makes a square cut by default.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willmarsh3 View Post
    I'm becoming more discerning about tools because of this forum. Maybe a quality hacksaw is next for me.

    I'm just curious why the pipe cutter was not mentioned much. It cuts without making sawdust. And it makes a square cut by default.
    I think Denise suggested a pipe cutter (like a big tubing cutter). I did try it, however the only one I could find was at Harbor Freight. I did buy it because it was cheap, but I paid way too much. It only succeeded in making a nice spiral groove around the pipe and there was absolutely no way to adjust the tracking. Totally worthless. However I’m sure a quality tool from somewhere else would have been fine. But when I realized how easy the hacksaw was, I quit experimenting.

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    Voila! Now for some new paint on the cap rails. This project took just about three times the amount of time I estimated which I think is exactly the formula for estimating boat work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willmarsh3 View Post
    I'm becoming more discerning about tools because of this forum. Maybe a quality hacksaw is next for me.

    I'm just curious why the pipe cutter was not mentioned much. It cuts without making sawdust. And it makes a square cut by default.
    So - where can I get a hacksaw that'll make sawdust from bronze pipe?

    Sorry it was there. A modern solid hacksaw is completely different tool from the old wobbly ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Voila! Now for some new paint on the cap rails. This project took just about three times the amount of time I estimated which I think is exactly the formula for estimating boat work.

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    But just think of all the time you will save in not having to paint the stanchions ever again. Plus the satisfaction of watching those turn a nice shade of greenish brown to match your mast... It's gotta be worth it.
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    As we found with the mast, it won’t be bright long, which is good. The sooner dark the better. I suppose I could piss on them to hurry it up, but that might take a lot of beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    As we found with the mast, it won’t be bright long, which is good. The sooner dark the better. I suppose I could piss on them to hurry it up, but that might take a lot of beer.
    Better get started then.

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    Rubbing my glass fishing float, peering into the clouds, seeing next months posting "How do I get these green stains off my nice white gunwhales, deck and sides???"
    2019: returning from being sidelined with medical probs, crossing fingers worst is over, still in "armchair enthusiast" mode for time being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Voila! Now for some new paint on the cap rails. This project took just about three times the amount of time I estimated which I think is exactly the formula for estimating boat work.

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    That looks awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    So - where can I get a hacksaw that'll make sawdust from bronze pipe?

    Sorry it was there. A modern solid hacksaw is completely different tool from the old wobbly ones.
    LOL!

    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I think Denise suggested a pipe cutter (like a big tubing cutter). I did try it, however the only one I could find was at Harbor Freight. I did buy it because it was cheap, but I paid way too much. It only succeeded in making a nice spiral groove around the pipe and there was absolutely no way to adjust the tracking. Totally worthless. However I’m sure a quality tool from somewhere else would have been fine. But when I realized how easy the hacksaw was, I quit experimenting.
    That's pretty bad but I'm not real surprised given where you got it. It must have been a reject from quality control that they were trying to liquidate. The tube cutter and pipe cutter I have work well. Everything is lined up so it doesn't produce a spiral groove. However, that could be used to create interesting effects but that will be for another thread and another time.
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    When I (stupidly) bought the pipe cutter at Harbor Freight, there were four on the shelf. All four boxes had been opened, which should have been my first clue that they don’t work. It was only 16 bucks, which should have been my second clue.

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    Default Re: Which method to cut bronze pipe?

    I had that same experience with a special wrench for replacing faucet washers. The one I bought in a big box store had tape. When I tried to use it, it turned out the metal was too thin so it distorted. I returned it. I went to a local hardware store that is, well, more connected to the local community and got a faucet wrench made of thicker metal.

    Another red flag is if they have a large stack of neat looking tools such as a jigsaw stacked up with a big "on sale" sign. I bought one and it turned out to be a piece of junk.
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    I had an excavator here today (barn slab) & he had a 5 lb. 12" handle hammer for pounding stakes. $5 @ Harbor freight. As he put it: "I've lost a bunch of these on sites over the years - so this is perfect. Thing is, I've had it longer than any of the others"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    So - where can I get a hacksaw that'll make sawdust from bronze pipe?
    Speaking if picking nits, it occurs to me that the word sawdust has no reference to wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Speaking of picking nits, it occurs to me that the word sawdust has no reference to wood.
    Yaknow, I though of that after I made my wisecrack - but it still got the desired response.

    So there!
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