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Old 8th January 2009
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Default My home brew 1125R tail chop

I decided to pass some winter time with a chop of my tail section to get rid of the big thing sticking out the back. I'm almost finished, so I thought I'd post a couple pics. Made it out of a single piece of sheet metal.

Note to self for future projects...14 gauge stainless steel is very hard to work with using common tools, and WILL ruin all blades and drill bits available at local stores, regardless of their cost or advertised quality/durability.

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Looks good, like it could've come that way from the factory.

One question though, why did you decide to use SS?
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Much cleaner look!!!

14 ga. steel is very thick...
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I was looking for 16 gauge, but couldn't find any locally. Also, I have read of similar efforts getting stress fractures when aluminum is used. I figured stainless was my best bet to get strength and avoid rust.
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Nice job and you did it yourself Kudos to you for being creative. A few tips for cutting hard metals, use carbise tools if you can find them cut at a slow speed and use lots of lubricant, WD-40 works though it is not made for this.
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Nice job on the tail chop. Will be doing mine here in the near future.
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