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Like the title say, need a rotary multi tool. Cheap and cheerful. Won't get used often. Must have the extension accessory for reaching into tight spaces. I have never used one so don't know what to look for in such a tool.
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we need a lot more information
are you talking dremel type diy tool
a garden punning type tool or
perhaps a paint stirrer :dunno: :dunno:
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big-all wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:31 am
we need a lot more information
are you talking dremel type diy tool
a garden punning type tool or
perhaps a paint stirrer :dunno: :dunno:
Like this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07 ... JIVZ&psc=1

Added to the shopping basket on Amazon already. Unless there is a better option I'll pull the trigger on it for delivery tomorrow.
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I will have to make various rounded edges on these planks: https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Softwoo ... l+cladding

Maybe there is a better suited rotary multi tool? What bit is best suited for this job? I'll have to make the planks line up with pipes, wash basin, etc.
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Yes, it is called a router and a rounding over cutter bit.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
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Yes, it is called a router and a rounding over cutter bit.

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I said it wrong. I didn't mean rounded edges. I meant... ehhhh.... making cuts that are not straight. Like a half circle to go against a pipe. Router seems like an over kill. I don't need it to be that precise. It's just some cladding most of those cuts will be out of sight. I chose the rotary multi tool because I feel it will come in handy for other things in the future. I'm just not sure about the bits in the set. I feel there could be a better bit made of metal to make this job easier. But I don't know what kind of bits exist for this.
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Ahh, I see. I think I would get a cheap hole saw set (£7 at Toolstation) to get a neat semicircle. Plot the position before you cut the length so you can drill whole, and when you trim to length you will have a nice neat cut out.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
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Ahh, I see. I think I would get a cheap hole saw set (£7 at Toolstation) to get a neat semicircle. Plot the position before you cut the length so you can drill whole, and when you trim to length you will have a nice neat cut out.

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What about making curved ends? I will most likely not remove the wash basin but just cut the ends of the planks to follow the curve around it. Would something like this be good or is there a better way? https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-t ... rs-ax21112
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A jig saw would do both jobs, have you got one? I think it is the tool I use the least as it is only good for small curved jobs.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
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A jig saw would do both jobs, have you got one? I think it is the tool I use the least as it is only good for small curved jobs.

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I do have a jigsaw. But I don't like using it. I don't have proper stands to put the timber on when cutting.

I do need to buy a rotary multi tool anyway. Is there no bit I could use to grind out a curved end after I've cut it straight? It would make my life simpler if there was one.
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A "rotary tool" is handy for all sorts of small jobs, but I wouldn't use one for making cutouts for pipes let alone smoothing longer cut edges.
Get or make some stands for working on.
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the rotary tool wont actually give you an easy curve as the blade is straight so more nibbling into the timber several times so a very time-consuming job
also unless you have a large oversized saw blade the body restricts your cutting at right angles to the face as in machine body say 30mm saw blade 40 mm you can only cut 5mm until the body sits on the surface
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Do you guys mean a manual jigsaw?

I have an electric one this type: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-PST-700- ... B003UES794

I think I'll just use a manual saw and maybe the rotary tool if I need to take off a little more for a finer fit around the wash basin?
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big-all wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:04 pm
these blades are perfect for less than 100mm round
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That blade from Toolstation is working very well for me.

I made a start.

It's the bathtub panel on the floor.

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