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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustombuilder, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Darren M.
    Joined: Apr 6, 2006
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    Gorgeous work. AWESOME use of lasers. (Insert Dr. Evil "lasers" here.) Machinist by chance?
     
  2. nexxussian
    Joined: Mar 14, 2007
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    4 Pot, are the lasers you are using the 'rescue flares' or are they available somewhere else (cheaper I hope)?
     
  3. 4-pot
    Joined: Aug 12, 2005
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    The lasers came from horrible freight $4.99 each, only place I could find them in a hurry. No I am not a real machinist although I have put together a Machine shop so I can about 95% of the work on my cars myself. Also an upholstery shop in the basement, and a paint booth in the back shed. Did I mention I'm a tightwad when it comes to paying someone else to do something that could teach myself to do.
     
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  4. nexxussian
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    Aaaaaaand that's bad how?:confused:
     
  5. 37 Ford guy
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
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    What does Harbor Freight call these clamps? I'm trying to find them in their online catalogue......

    Thanks.
     
  6. nexxussian
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    Last I saw they called them panel clamps.
     
  7. CURIOUS RASH
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    They were not in the on-line catalogue when I looked for them.
     
  8. nexxussian
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  9. nexxussian
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    Oh and evidently they call them "BUTT WELDING CLAMPS" . My Bad.
     
  10. CURIOUS RASH
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    Yeah, it's been a while since I bought them.
     
  11. CURIOUS RASH
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    Thinking back, it may have been that they didn't sell those on-line for some stupid reason.

    Here's what you get when you add these to the shopping list...

    Back to browsing.

    <CENTER><TABLE cellSpacing=3 cellPadding=0 width=490><TBODY><TR align=left><TD colSpan=3>The "Shopping List" is built for your convenience. Once you have selected the items you which to purchase, print out this list and take it to a Harbor Freight Tools location near you. Remember to print out any coupons you may have and take them to the store.

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    </TD><TD>DELETE</TD></TR><!--begin item display--><TR><TD vAlign=center align=left>[​IMG]</TD><TD>[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]CLAMPS BUTT WELDING 8 PC SET [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]44751>> [/FONT]
    </TD><TD vAlign=center align=middle>[​IMG]</TD></TR><!--end item display--></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>
     
  12. octane
    Joined: May 8, 2006
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    from Virginia

    Man, I love it when you guys make me feel inadequate! Keep 'em coming. I'll try to get some pics of the polisher/buffer my grandfather made me for christmas.
     
  13. Dyce
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
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    I've been working on a helve hammer for a while. I just fired it up saturday. It's a blast to run. I can't wait to do some productive work with it!! Here is some pictures of the build. I never did take any pictures of the whole thing in one shot finished.
    Frame
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    This is the crankshaft. It runs a 1/2" fixed stroke.
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    I made the upper and lower toolposts to accept 1" round. The nut in the bottom controlls the height, and you clamp the tool in with the two bolts.
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    I am running bump stops on the top of the arm.
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    Top shot of the bump stops.
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    Upper toolpost.
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    This is the spring I used. It is a 1 3/4 wide trailer spring.
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    And this is the lower pushrod link on the crankshaft.
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    I used brickster's bumpstops, they were a killer deal. I used one for the upper tool, and out of excitment to get it running I welded an old hitch ball to a bolt for a lower tool. It'll hit HARD. You move the spring around a little and use the bump stops and you can make it hit lighter too. I pounded this out in about 30 minuites. I ran it through the english wheel to get rid of the lumps, but it makes shape quick!!
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    In the first pictures I had a sewing machine clutch motor mounted on the frame. I ended up using a dc gearmotor. It runs 230rpm's.
    Jeff
     
  14. Man you guys build nice shit. Makes my hand crank bead-roller look like Sanford and Son!!
     
  15. bobx
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    from Indiana

    great thread.
    bttt.
     
  16. John_Kelly
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    Last edited: Aug 30, 2008
  19. John_Kelly
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    The frame is flexible which actually makes it more usable for softer hits. The harder you press, the stiffer the frame becomes, the more stretching you get. Palm nailers hit really hard!

    John www.ghiaspecialties.com
     
  20. jj mack
    Joined: Mar 22, 2007
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  21. enloe
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    from east , tn.

    bump for some cool ideas.
     
  22. Little Terry
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
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    4-pot, we need a tech article/how-to on this real bad. Lovely work. I could find so much work for a louvre press.

    Mark
     
  23. lehr
    Joined: May 13, 2004
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    my bead roller
     

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  24. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
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    from Sultan, WA

    Didnt someone years ago have a plannishing hammer made outa a ford axle??
     
  25. Dyce
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
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    I have been working on this model a axle converting it into a small english wheel.
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    It's going to have flex, but I'm not to worried. I plan on running small, full radius anvils. Hoping it will do the panels that won't fit in my big wheels.
    Jeff
     
  26. axeman39
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
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    from Saco Maine

    Here's the electric/hydraulic press brake that my brother made and then gave to me!
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    and a crate fill of tooling to go with it.
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  27. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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    I second that
     
  28. oilslinger53
    Joined: Apr 17, 2007
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    from covina CA

    spanner wrenches... whenever i need one i make it. then i usually lose it or make something else out of it and have to make another when i need it again
     
  29. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,555

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    from Garner, NC

    There are a couple of threads on building/making louver presses. I did one when I built mine, Kiwi Kev did one on his. I think there may be a few more. Do a search and you'll be surprised at what you find.
     

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