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Is there a way to get a smooth cut (instead of jagged burrs) around the diameter of a 5 gallon (food grade #2 or #5) pail? Thanks much!
 

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I hope that my answer here is helpful to you. I've had best success by horizontally mounting a cutting edge to a post at the height of the cut to be made. I then press the bucket against the blade and rotate the bucket. It takes a while, but the cut is smooth. if the cutting blade is mounted on the inside corner of a couple of boards, protection against cutting oneself is better. I have also done a cut with a reciprocating saw, then sanded the edge, followed by polishing with a heat gun.
 

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I recently had to cut down a 55gal drum for making an extractor. I used a table saw with the Rip fence set at the desired distance from the top of the barrel. This left a burred edge, so i used a deburring tool (homemade forged item) to remove burrs, and then cut strips of sand paper which i used to smooth edge even firther. Instead of the deburring tool, one could easily use a utility knife . I just googled deburrign tool, and it appears as though i am not the inventor of this item. apparently, others have also had similar designs.
 

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slowly with a sawzall, the finer the blade the better, have someone hold the bucket as you cut. i've done it with a skillsaw but you have to go very slow and sand a little afterwards.
 

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Is there a way to get a smooth cut (instead of jagged burrs) around the diameter of a 5 gallon (food grade #2 or #5) pail? Thanks much!
If you have a 3.5 side grinder a cut off wheel will cut it very easy and then you can trim the melted edge with a sharp knife. You could mount an abrasive wheel in your table saw also. Turn the pail backwards. With all abrasive wheels, stand to the side when turning them on. If they are going to break it usually happens on start up.
 

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I could do it with my table saw. I would make a rough fast cut below the bail and above my planned smooth cut and then use the fence and go slowly for the money shot.
 

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I've cut those buckets up for prop making. I just took a jigsaw to it, ran a fixed blade knife along the edges to get the big burs off, then ran over it with some medium grit sandpaper. More than smooth enough after that.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions (and Haraga for the humor!). We opted for an oscillating saw (electric hand tool). There were some burrs which we plan to shave off with a stainless steel surgical knife. The pails will be stacked so the whole bottom had to come off except for the bottom one. extractor project!
 

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Technically I am allowed to edit my post yet at this time, except that for some reason, it doesn't take. So, I would like to edit my post to state that I am using a knife of surgical stainless steel to smooth the cut.

Thanks again everyone!
 

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For heavier plastic as in a 55 gallon drum you can shave off the burrs with an ordinary wood plane very nicely.

Bee Bliss, I don't understand why you had to cut the bottom out. What are these used for?
 

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For heavier plastic as in a 55 gallon drum you can shave off the burrs with an ordinary wood plane very nicely.

Bee Bliss, I don't understand why you had to cut the bottom out. What are these used for?
I skipped the last words in his post too, don't feel too bad. Last bit was "Extractor!". He's making a small homemade extractor out of the pails.
 

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I saw the word extractor but I was having a hard time figuring out how that would work out. Usually a pail has some taper to it.
 
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