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

  1. How about some details on the shrinker/stretcher foot controls, I noticed one of you used cables, and lehr used tubing with clevises and springs. Id' like to add something like that to mine, how about a few measurements?
     
  2. onemintcaddy
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    Any one ever built a shrinker/stretcher on Air?
     
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    There has to be a story to the 4 toes on this! What's the deal?
     
  4. lehr
    Joined: May 13, 2004
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    Richard I built mine with what I had laying around...What measurements do you need ?
    I set mine up for the height That I wanted my work at I like it about elbow high. Pat
     
  5. C4 Metal Werks
    Joined: Mar 29, 2007
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    I have limited space so I had come up with a few things to save space and help keep the workshop cleaner.


    Clamp Holder
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    Swing out belt sander
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    Die rack for tubong bender
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    Sheet metal behind my lathe table is great for magnetic tools and note. Also helps keep the walls clean.
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  6. bobx
    Joined: Apr 17, 2004
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    C4 - how about some more pics / description of the rack the swing out sander is attached to.
     
  7. I agree! C4, you've already given me some good ideas for the limited space I have... any MORE pics to help us out?
     
  8. I was wondering how long were the rods, to get the right leverage.
     
  9. Brad54
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    Another solution here would be to bolt a length of angle iron to the wall and just close the clamps on it. They'd stick out from the wall... if you wanted them to hang down, you could bolt a piece of C-channel to the wall, making it a shelf with a down-standing flange, and secure the clamps to the down-standing flange.
    Taking that a step further, you could put up a shelf and store something on it, and fasten a piece of angle under the front of the shelf, and clamp the vise-grips to it, again, hanging down.

    -Brad
     
  10. C4 Metal Werks
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    The nice think about my set up is you do not have to re-adjust the clamp from being screwed in all the way every time you want to use them.


    Quote-Another solution here would be to bolt a length of angle iron to the wall and just close the clamps on it. They'd stick out from the wall... if you wanted them to hang down, you could bolt a piece of C-channel to the wall, making it a shelf with a down-standing flange, and secure the clamps to the down-standing flange.
    Taking that a step further, you could put up a shelf and store something on it, and fasten a piece of angle under the front of the shelf, and clamp the vise-grips to it, again, hanging down.
     
  11. C4 Metal Werks
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    The hinge is made out 1" .120 wall and all thread. The ends are turned down nuts. To keep it locked in place a used a couple of weld on tabs and a bolt. The swing out base is plasma cut out of 3/16's plate.


     
  12. C4 Metal Werks
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    I'll try and take some more detail pictures over the weekend. Let me know if there is anything in particular that you want more pictures of.

     
  13. NealinCA
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    Looks good. Nice design... ;-)

    Neal
     
  14. My brother and I built these tools..........My brother goes by the name Paulie Fingaz because he has so few..........They call me Tom toes because................get the picture?
     
  15. plym49
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    Someone mentioned that this thread lists the source for the 12" platters for the disk sander. I have been thru all 13 pages and I can't find the reference. Can someone help me out? TIA
     
  16. nexxussian
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    I only (vaugly) remember a couple references to that.

    The most usefull one (that I found when I was looking back thorough) was post 32 on Pg 2

    FWIW if your local high school has a metal shop you might get them to true one up for you (ie, make it yourself and get it close, then have them turn it concentric and flat).

    Hope that helps
     
  17. Here are some of my shop built tools.

    I stole this idea from Dutch Comstock. It's bolted to the welder frame. Two shelves with perforated metal and loops for storing clamps, vice grips, and spring clamps. Probably the best thing I ever did. Every time I run up on a loose clamp/vicegrip, I carry it to the frame.

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    Shop built reciprocating machine (Pullmax). Really works nice. 18" throat. I need to paint it but I'm thinking of adding another head on the back and dedicating it to thumbail dies.

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    Post dolly tree and stand. I put lots of stuff on 2" sq tubing and can easily put it on the stand when I need it. Normally the Beverly shear lives in one of the two top pieces. A plate on the bottom allows me to pick it up with one leg of our HF pallet jack (what did I do without a pallet jack!)

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    Here is a deep throat kick shrinker. Some friends and I designed and prototyped them. This is prototype #3 and uses either Marchant style dies or Eckold dies with hand made tool holders. Serious tool! The stretcher is just like it but a different color.

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    36" Planishing hammer made from a Jay Hayes kit. CP type II air motor.

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  18. bobx
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    C4
    how 'bout some pics of the whole set up, from a distance so we can see the whole thing.
     
  19. plym49
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    ty!
     
  20. movin/on
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    Here is my try at a Bead Roller. I got a HF roller for free and had a lot of Mobile home 12" I-Beam so I used what I had. I tried the crank & steering wheel on the back side and didn't like the awkward feel so I put a chain drive off a 90 degree gear drive so the wheel is close and above the panel. The back side has a gear reduction motor that drives the gear on the end with a hitch pin which I pull to free wheel the motor when hand operated. total cost $20 plus lots of my labor.
     

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  21. That was my first thougt too, and it looks good
    Lars
     
  22. plym49
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    Really nice.
     
  23. C4 Metal Werks
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    My wife got me a bead roller for Fathers day and I finally had a chance to take it out of the box and fidle with it.

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    Made receiver socket on the side of my welding table as well.

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    I'll finish the wheel this weekend.

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    Some folks had asked for more pictures of a previous post

    http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t121/bmweuro/Workshop/
     
  24. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
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    Use a 56C motor for building the disc sander...it uses four mounting holes. The platen that goes onto the motor shaft should be available from WW Grainger... that's where I got mine years ago when I built my sander.

    the plans for mine came from an old American Rodder mag circa the early 90's.
     
  25. C4 Metal Werks
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    Finished it today
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    Can use it with the steering wheel or handle
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  26. lehr
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    Richard the rods that stick out of the tool is self is about 5 inchs total I dont think you have to worry to much about leverage because you are pushing down on it with your body weight. Pat
     
  27. Dammit
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
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    Some great looking tools on here.Still trying to get the hang of this computer stuff,but am doing better thanks to Gizmojoe.The bead roller started out as a H.F. cheapie,is now powered by a Cobalt power steering motor driving a S.B.C. flex plate,mounted on a scrap metal stand.The shrinker/stretcher came from Woodwardfab and is mounted on similar metal leftovers.
     

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  28. plym49
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    Really nice.
     
  29. GizmoJoe
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    They do look nice but pictures really don't do justice to Dammits work.
    And the parts and pieces of "things" that he used to make them is "interesting". :cool:
     
  30. scootermcrad
    Joined: Sep 20, 2005
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    WOW!!! This thread is rad!

    I have some requests! I would really like to see some more home made belt sanders with some good detail, and maybe someone's take on a slip roller, and how about a video of one of these helve hammers in action? Don't know much about them.

    Great stuff! Some very impressive tool builds! I really need to make one of those three-wheeled roller thingys! That would be way useful!
     

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