Introduction: T-slot Cleaner

Machine T-slot cleaner. A simple project that should take no longer than an hour even for someone who has very little experience with hand tools.

Step 1: Tools Needed to Make T-slot Cleaner.

Various Files

Engineers Square

Marking Blue


0-25 Micrometer

Emery Cloth



Letter stamps

6mm Drill

Pillar Drill.

Machine vice.

Power saw

Vernier Height Gauge

Angle Plate

Marking blue

Scratch Plates.

Vernier Calliper

Step 2: Getting Started.

A piece of 4.5mm thick Low carbon steel (L.C.S) should be cut using a power saw or hack saw to be as close to 110 mm long and 22 mm wide.

De-burr the material
with a hand file, select edge for datum and square with files checking with engineers square.

Apply marking blue evenly to one side of the material with a cloth.

Mark it out using marking out equipment such as vernier height gauges and scribes.

Step 3: Drilling and Counter Sinking.

Mark Hole with center punch and ball pein hammer.

Collect 6mm drill from store and check. Sharpen drill if needed, then using the pillar drill to drill hole in correct position. Drill speed of 700rpm-900rpm.

Collect countersink from store and safely using the correct speed (around 100rpm-150rpm) counter sink both sides of work piece.

Step 4: Profile and Product Finish.

Position work piece in the bench vice and safely hacksaw the profile. Check that the hacksaw blade is in good working condition before use (no missing/bent teeth)

Safely use files to obtain required finish and finish with emery cloth, then from the 0.5mm chamfer around all edges of the work piece.

Stamp name on work piece with letter stamps and ball pien hammer. Stamp work piece on surface plate to protect the surface of benches.

Check sizes with micrometer and vernier calliper.

Oil the finished job or protection against oxidization.