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Old 01-03-2012, 10:03 AM
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I always seem to need a gasket punch. those cool little tools you see advertized but never buy.

I had a bunch of chrome moly tubing scraps. 3/8 od and .058 wall....grind the od to a taper sharp edge and you can punch a neat 1/4 inch hole. Take another piece and use a 45 deg chamfer tool on the id and you have a 3/8 hole. when they get dull just resharpen them.

As long as you use .058 wall you can go inside and outside sizes all the way up the line. I have a small box of them in the bottom drawer of the big tool box. 2-3 inch long pieces work great.

They also work on carpet when you have to use a screw to hold it down. The drill and screw will always snag a thread and often pull it all the way across the carpet. Just take one of these punches and punch a hole first. I carried it a step further and punched the insulation too.

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Old 01-03-2012, 10:05 AM
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I made this MIG cart out of an old shopping cart. Cost for old cart = $5.00. If you buy a MiG, making a cart is a good first project.
I thought one of the rules of getting a new welder, was you had to build a cart, as your first project

the bottom/back half of mine was a BBQ/Smoker, and i'm sure the metal for the front half was something else in a previous life also

the only thing I bought were the two front HF casters

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I really like your hose holder. I need to do something like that for mine. I believe wrapping them too tight can lead to breaks in the lining and gun so I wrap them as loose as possible. But when hanging over the hook on the side of my machine it still ends up being too tight. I need to make something like yours.

Brian
I used 2/3 of an ATV wheel, I would think you could make a smaller car wheel work well also
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:27 AM
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Thanks Brian, you are right. I was just trying to keep things clean in bags.
I will remedy that.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:58 AM
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I really like your hose holder. I need to do something like that for mine. I believe wrapping them too tight can lead to breaks in the lining and gun so I wrap them as loose as possible. But when hanging over the hook on the side of my machine it still ends up being too tight. I need to make something like yours.

I think you need to get those plastic bags out of your cart, that is a fire hazard with the sparks that can be flying around when you weld you are asking for it.

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Thanks Brian. You are right about the plastic bags. I'll remedy that. The hose holder is made from two pieces of a bicycle rim welded to a hook to go around the neck of the bottle. I agree the hoses need to be handled carefully. I would run out and take a photo but I'm laid up with a bad ankle & knee after a ladder fell.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:05 AM
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Metal brake

The first home made tool is a metal brake I made a few years ago from new scrap steel I bought from a salvage yard. As you look at each photo, you will see how the brake works.

Photo #1
It has a solid 1 inch rod welded to an angle to hold the metal down. I pull up on the white round rod handles to open it to insert the metal to be bent. The white handles operate eccentrics on each end, opening the clamp.

Photo #2
This shows the white handles raised up, opening the slot to insert metal. That whole top piece floats at the rear and is adjustable forward and rearward.

Photo #3
This shows the jaws closed again, clamping the sheet metal.

Photo #4
This shows the bottom being raised by pulling up on both handles in front of the top clamp to bend the sheet metal.

Photo #5 & #6
I cannot upload 6 photos here so this is 2 in 1. It seems you will have to click on the link below th see the last photo.
On the left: Handles are back down, showing how it bent the sheet metal.
On the right: I slid the metal forward to show the bend in the sheet metal. I can move this to either end and make a corner bend, but it would have been better to have removable shoes to make a box corner. I use it all the time and it does a really good job.
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Bolt, Screw, & small part storage.

This is something I made from clean 1 qt. oil containers and cutting off the top side with a chop saw. It's one of the most useful things I ever made. Hanging on the right is a pan I made with the metal brake to pour bolts into and funnel back into the oil containers. Cost for the whole project = $0.00
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Also, here are the last 2 photos of of the metal brake.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:00 AM
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That break is friggin beautiful! And your bolt container is brilliant! Good stuff indeed!

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Thanks Brian. I don't suppose I ever knew......is it a brake or a break? You are probably right with calling it a break.
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That is a neat setup with your folder. I have made 1 very similar except the hold down peices are held down with a threaded T-handle and screwed down onto the angle. These are supported with springs from an engine head. The only downful with mine is that the folded area is 3/16 round. It is not very "sharp" at the fold. I have not got a pic of it but the setup is very similar to yours graydog.
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That is a neat setup with your folder. I have made 1 very similar except the hold down peices are held down with a threaded T-handle and screwed down onto the angle. These are supported with springs from an engine head. The only downful with mine is that the folded area is 3/16 round. It is not very "sharp" at the fold. I have not got a pic of it but the setup is very similar to yours graydog.
Thanks, Mi chael. I pretty much copied the brake from a commercial model. I could hardly afford $1000 for it so I copied it.
My motive for posting the previous was to let youngsters know they can build some nice, useful tools for pennies on the dollar compared to store bought tools. I am 75 and destined to make things like this handicapped cart. I sorta copied it after a Palmer, which sells for $5500. This cart cost me $250 + labor.
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You wouldn't by chance be able to post some plans of your folder? That or PM me your e-mail address and send it to me that way?
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You wouldn't by chance be able to post some plans of your folder? That or PM me your e-mail address and send it to me that way?
Drawings emailed. Will email photos tomorrow.
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Thanks graydog. I got your email and replied back. Hope you are doing fine after your accident. Thanks again for the quick response!!!!
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Not home made, just improvised.
I was working on a job site and needed a 1/2'' allen wrench (hex key). Checking the local big box stores yielded no tool. However , as I was about to leave , I looked at the shape of the allen and it hit me. A 5/16 bolt head would fit it exactly. I bought a 5/16'' shouldered bolt and nut. I ran the nut down to the shoulder and could then insert the bolt head into the allen and tighten it up with the nut. At less than a dollar, it was a very cheap tool for a one time use.
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