Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

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Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by DaringRacer » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:07 pm

Anyone else have this problem of the slots being cut very badly in the BSA pinewood boxes? I went through 4 boxes without finding a single one cut well. Two of them were nearly a full millimeter off on the angle cut. I ended up ordering a couple blocks from MaxV that are hopefully cut better. Is this common? The last few years I don't remember having this much of a problem with alignment.



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by Vitamin K » Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:51 pm

I don't tend to use slots, personally, so I don't have experience with the straightness thereof. However, it is worth noting that the folded instructions inside of the BSA block recommend that you check the straightness of the slots before using, and re-cut them if they are off. If this is the case, then I don't find poor quality control to be surprising at all!



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by DaringRacer » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:54 pm

Our rules say we have to use them, but we can fix any that are 'broken'. I'm certain I'd mess it up worse than stock if I tried to drill a new slot - it's not just drilling a hole, the whole axle has to be visible from underneath the car.



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by Vitamin K » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:20 pm

DaringRacer wrote:Our rules say we have to use them, but we can fix any that are 'broken'. I'm certain I'd mess it up worse than stock if I tried to drill a new slot - it's not just drilling a hole, the whole axle has to be visible from underneath the car.
You can fill your slots and cut new ones with a hacksaw. Search the archives here and you will probably find some tips for approaching this issue.



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by ngyoung » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:54 pm

Drill your holes on the opposite side and take a coping or hack saw and just saw up to your holes.



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by Speedster » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:39 am

Maximum Velocity, #5143, Pro-Body Slotter, $14.95. I've had success with this tool.



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by DaringRacer » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:24 pm

ngyoung wrote:Drill your holes on the opposite side and take a coping or hack saw and just saw up to your holes.
That's a great idea, thanks!



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by Noskills » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:03 pm

The pro-slot people can be pretty buggy. I ordered a block that was drilled and cut a slot with a hacksaw so you could see the nails and this was OK for my pack (BTW this was in Leesburg, VA just across the road from Ashburn). We did not go to districts but I am sure they are strict there.

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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by FatSebastian » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:39 pm

DaringRacer wrote:
ngyoung wrote:Drill your holes on the opposite side and take a coping or hack saw and just saw up to your holes.
That's a great idea, thanks!
We've done this before, although it has been many years since we had to use slots. Two things I seem to recall:

1. If you are trying to replicate a stock look, a single hack saw blade will produce a slot that is noticeably narrower, so you might stack two or three hacksaw blades.

2. After you cut the slot, the hole will be noticeably looser. You might want to try a drill bit that is slightly smaller than normal (e.g., #45 instead of #44).



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by sporty » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:23 pm

Derbyworx has a tool. To saw a slot.

You might wanna try that too.



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by FatSebastian » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:49 pm

sporty wrote:Derbyworx has a tool. To saw a slot.
:!: Cool. Described here. I see that it fits two saw blades, so my recollection was correct!



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Re: Blocks out of alignment in the BSA boxes

Post by ngyoung » Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:59 pm

Yes. 2 hack saw blades will match the slot. In my opinion if I have to buy a tool to accomplish something for car building I try to make it something to add to my general shop use vs a unitasker pwd tool. I can understand that others may have a different mindset or like the convenience of a specialized tool.



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