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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I am replacing the wood bed slats in a VW double cab truck. Hopefully the images and sketch of the slat shows up. Each slat is 1 1/2" wide X 5/8" thick. I'm having trouble figuring out how to cut the curve on the top of each slat. I was hoping I could find a router bit but really am stumped.
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Can't help you with your question but that truck is a real collector's item. Have a friend who had 9 VWs to restore in his retirement.
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I think a finger nail bit is what you need. There are several different sizes, you will just have to do some measuring to find the right one.
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60 first, both corners. Then the thumb nail.
Beautiful wagon, oak flooring will add soul.
Use a better fastener, however. Sheet metal with a prettier head (pan flange socket) in SS.
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Welcome to the forum Mokie. Most of the major bit makers make the bit Clay pictured.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Welcome to the forum Mokie. Most of the major bit makers make the bit Clay pictured.
suggest using in a router table
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Hi Quillman...Thanks for the excellent suggestion, especially trimming the slat edge at 60 degrees before using the fingernail bit.

The slat image is the original way VW attached the slats...4.4mmX16mm sheet metal screw without plugs or recess. The other way was using pop rivets. I'll be doing the sheet metal screws, but they'll be stainless. I'll look for your screw suggestion...

Thanks again...
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I tried some stainless screws that Lee Valley sold and I couldn't keep them tight. The smooth surface allowed them to back out easily. Maybe Spax screws would hold better? They have serrations around the edges of the threads that might grip better. STAINLESS STEEL SCREWS

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