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Old 05-31-2018, 11:29 AM
StrategyMarine StrategyMarine is offline
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Default how would I cut a 1/8" t-slot

I just received my Panther and I'm having a blast learning how to use it. Thanks to everyone this Forum has saved me a lot of headaches already!!!

I have a glovebox/door I want to design and cut for my boat. It is going to need a t-slot/dovetail channel cut in it so I can attach an seal for the door. I'm cutting out of a marine plastic(Starboard) that cuts easy but I'm having trouble finding out away to cut the slot. I have some t slot bulb seal that I want to insert in the channel to seal the door when I close it. I have attached a few picture so you can get an Idea of what I'm trying to do.

Top of channel 1/8"
Bottom of channel 3/16"
depth of channel 3/16"
I have a door that I'm trying to copy and I have attached a picture of the channel I'm trying to copy. Looks like i could make a pass with a 1/8" endmill then make a second pass with some kind of dovetail bit to make the bottom of the channel but I have had a hard time finding a bit small enough that will work. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-31-2018, 02:35 PM
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I buy from RedLine once in a while, they have a couple 3/16 dovetail cutters.

https://www.redlinetools.com/CatSear...-cutters#21981

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Old 05-31-2018, 02:41 PM
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a keyhole router bit may work. there are several sizes... will have to check your dimension needs.
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Old 05-31-2018, 06:20 PM
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Would MicroCut work?

http://www.microcutusa.com/dovetail.php
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:30 PM
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Thanks for the tip on a cool site! No pun intended......
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:20 PM
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Both of sites look like great resources. I think I should be able to find something on one of those sites that will work.

Thanks for the help, what a great resource!
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Old 06-01-2018, 02:56 PM
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I can't remember who to give credit for but someone on here said to run a regular upcut bit thru your path first at the correct depth and then come back in with a dovetail bit to help take some of the cutting/loading off the dovetail bit. I tried it and worked great!
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