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I have several 5 gal. plastic buckets with a tight fitting plastic lids that I want to remove. The lids are not the typical vertical slots that you just break open to pry the lid off so I need another approach. I tried cutting my own slots but that is extremely labor intensive and messy (I have 20 buckets to do.) It appears my choices with a router are a slot cutting bit or a straight cutting bit. Does anyone have a suggestion about how to do this, possibly with a jig? The lids have a rubber O-ring just under the outside rim so I would need to cut below that and above the plastic hook that secures the lid to the bucket.The attached diagram is a cutaway of a lid top section.
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Trey, attach a guide bushing to your router and it will give you the needed offset to use a slot cutter. If your reason for cutting the lids is because they are difficult to open a 5 gallon pail opener only costs a couple dollars.
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Hi Trey

You are making a easy job to hard I don't think the maker of the buckets wanted to make a string with one end, so to speak what goes in must come out and I'm sure they have a tool/device make just for that job on that type of bucket..I would suggest you call the guy you got them from and ask how do you open this thing...



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I have several 5 gal. plastic buckets with a tight fitting plastic lids that I want to remove. The lids are not the typical vertical slots that you just break open to pry the lid off so I need another approach. I tried cutting my own slots but that is extremely labor intensive and messy (I have 20 buckets to do.) It appears my choices with a router are a slot cutting bit or a straight cutting bit. Does anyone have a suggestion about how to do this, possibly with a jig? The lids have a rubber O-ring just under the outside rim so I would need to cut below that and above the plastic hook that secures the lid to the bucket.The attached diagram is a cutaway of a lid top section.



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Thanks Mike, I appreciate your help. I have that same lid removal tool and it doesn't work on this type of lid. :-(
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Bob, I agree with you, I always try to look for the easy solution first. In this case the guy I got the buckets from had no idea how to get the lids off. It turns out he never takes them off, just pours the contents out of the spout in the lid. In researching the bucket website it didn't list a tool for lid removal so I sent them an inquiry about it.
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Thanks Mike, I appreciate your help. I have that same lid removal tool and it doesn't work on this type of lid. :-(
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Thanks helped with my problem I had a 5 gallon pale trying to figure out how to get the lid off. Went to my home center sure enough in paint section they had the tool for removing the lid just a couple bucks..
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Pine Knot,

I am giving some tought to your problem and perhaps the better tool to remove the lid consistently from the buckets, may be the table saw, say you add a tal supprot fence and some supports to each side, then just rotate the bucket carefully on the spinning blade, which you can vary how close to the lip or how centered on the o-ring you want and by rising the blade you can control the how fast the lid is cut away, you can get carried away and even build a cradle with some old inline skate wheels that help you compensate for the taper on the bottom vs the top part and make it glide smootly as you turn it. Same concept as your original tought but you bring the part to the machine rahter than the machine to the part.
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Maybe this illustrates the idea better.
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HI Ziggy

I think he has something in the bucket that he wants out but not all over the table saw

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