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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject: Canopy Trimming Reply with quote

What tool are people using to cut the window openings?  The curves are
too tight for a cutoff wheel and an oscillating tool works great for
straight cuts but does not want to cut the curves either.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Canopy Trimming Reply with quote

I used a combination of the cutoff wheel and small (1") sanding drum on my high speed drill. For smaller holes I used the same types of tools with my Dremel.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:13 pm    Post subject: Canopy Trimming Reply with quote

Yes, you can get 1 or 2" cut off wheels for the Dremel. The sanding
drums are good for the final 1/8-1/16" you need to smooth out.

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I used a combination of the cutoff wheel and small (1") sanding drum on my high speed drill. For smaller holes I used the same types of tools with my Dremel.

Rene'
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Canopy Trimming Reply with quote

The best thing I found was the cutoff wheel, then substituting a jigsaw with
a fiberglass cutting blade for the curves.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Canopy Trimming Reply with quote

I used the half moon vibrating cutter to do most of the cuts. Just the corner of it like a blade. Then I used a power file in the tight radius bends.

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[quote] On 4 Jan 2018, at 10:09, Rene <rene(at)felker.com> wrote:



I used a combination of the cutoff wheel and small (1") sanding drum on my high speed drill. For smaller holes I used the same types of tools with my Dremel.

Rene'
801-721-6080

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:56 am    Post subject: Re: Canopy Trimming Reply with quote

I used a PermaGrit jigsaw blade. Cuts through the fiberglass like butter and has none of the dust of a cutoff wheel.

All of the PermaGrit tools are highly recommended...they make working on the fiberglass MUCH easier...

https://www.fibreglast.com/product/Perma-Grit_Jig_Saw_Blades/Supplies_Tools_Laminate_Cutting


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