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    Better way to make this slot?

    I had a spare key with a huge plastic head, and it wouldn't fit where I wanted to put it. I took the plastic off and that left a stub 5/32" by 1/4", and 3/16" long. So, I needed to make a slot in a piece of wood to fit.

    I drilled 3 5/32" holes and dug out the material between them with butt of a little file. I then used the drill like a router bit to clean out the slot. I expected the drill to break, but got lucky.

    It worked, but it was really kludgy; there has to be a better way. Any suggestions? (I don't know if they make chisels that small, but I sure don't have one)

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    There are tiny router bits that fit a Dremel tool. But I would cut shallow slots (by router or router plane) in two matching pieces of wood, and then glue them together, with key in the middle.

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    I didn't bother to look for router bits because I didn't imagine they existed. But they are just $10! Not worth it for one slot, but if I ever have a bunch...

    I thought of making it in two pieces, but that isn't elegant.

    (Perhaps a blob of epoxy putty would have been the best solution to the immediate problem; but that is besides the point.)
    Last edited by Wade Lippman; 11-10-2018 at 8:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade Lippman View Post
    (Perhaps a blob of epoxy putty would have been the best solution to the immediate problem; but that is besides the point.)
    Sounds like a perfect job for Sugru. https://sugru.com/ I've made a variety of things from it. Or, do you know someone with a 3D printer?

    JKJ

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