Preventing Splintering While Cutting Fiberglass Rod

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Introduction: Preventing Splintering While Cutting Fiberglass Rod

About: Will Bosworth, developing projects for HowToons @ SquidLabs.

Put a few turns of tape around a fiberglass rod at the point you are going to saw. The tape will keep the rod from splitting before you finish cutting through the entire piece.

Step 1: Tape Rod, Cut Good

You've got a fiberglass rod that needs cutting. Mark the rod where you want it cut, and roll some tape around the rod in that area. Remark the cut on the tape (if it matters). Now when you saw the rod it will cut more or less straight, with no premature and uneven spltting.

See the 4 picture sequence in this step.

Step 2: What Happens If You Don't Tape

this is a cut with no taping.bad bad bad bad

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    6 Comments

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    Excitebike
    Excitebike

    4 years ago

    I have always used a carbide grit rod blade when cutting fiber rods. I haven't experienced this problem. With that being said, your solution is simple and useful.

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    Cristian Lavaque
    Cristian Lavaque

    14 years ago

    Nice tip. Thanks! Out of curiosity, what is that you put on the vice for?

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    dreamberry
    dreamberry

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like he's put a pair of aluminum jaw covers on the vise. Makes a "softer" grip.

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    jckrbbtslm
    jckrbbtslm

    14 years ago

    I use essentially the same technique when I saw bamboo.

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    theRIAA
    theRIAA

    14 years ago

    yea, that always happens when im cutten all those fiberglass rods...