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Router bit for 5/16\" PEX. Where to buy?

plates also work on top. ;-)

I'm not familiar with exactly how the quick trak bends are designed, but if it's a stepped channel like the sttraight pieces.....maybe two passes with different diameter router bits? Might be easier to use two routers on compasses because of all the indexing.

CNC routers fly through this sort of thing. That's how we're producing bends for the U fin. Cutting the plywood sheets after the circles are routered is also somewhat time consuming, so we built our own production panel saw since we couldn't find anything commercially available that fit our needs. With this method we can produce in minutes what would take at least 1-2 hours.

The photo shows a demo we made to demonstrate the three main methods of using extruded plates. Top: Below floor, Middle: Above floor/Plates below sleepers, Bottom: Above floor/Plates above sleepers. C-channel plates also can and have been used above floor.



  • Making your own return bends for Climate Panels

    Where can I get a hold of a router bit that will groove plywood the same way as the bends used for Climate Panel / Quik Trak?

    Makes sense that it would be easier and more cost effective for us to fabricate our own on and off site.

    I checked all the standard router bits available at my tool supplier but, the closest they came was a round or dovetail bit. Are these specially made for the OEMs?


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  • Gary, if you're going to fab your own, fab something better than quik trak.

    3/4" plywood strips, lightweight plates on top, PAP tubing.. much better. Traditional "sandwich" method. At least the aluminum is on the right side of the infill plywood that way!!

    Of course the whole reason things like quik trak exist is because a contractor's time is money... usually a lot of it... and so a time-saver like prefab panels can be economically feasible if your time equals bucks to your customers.

    A jigsaw with one template piece is way faster than a router for returns, from my clients' feedback at least.
  • jeff_51
    jeff_51 Member Posts: 545
    try Rockler

    They should have just a straight cutter bit that size
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