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Who here does homemade tools?

What welding projects are you working on? Are you proud of something you built?
How about posting some pics so other welders can get some ideas?

Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby nathan » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:45 pm

Hell yeah, I'm interested in pictures!

At 90 a ton for scrap, I may have them ship me some down to Texas! How much would that cost? Lol

My scrap yards here were selling at 40 cents a pound about a year ago I have heard that it is around 25 or 30 cents now...

Here's my next question for y'all. I'm looking for a little guidance here:
I have two welders right now, along with a grinder and little porta torch, but that's it as far as fabrication equipment. I can use my little FCAW machine, but my stick machine is out of commission due to not having 220 in the new garage yet. Should I get the 220 running and get a tig setup for my stick welder, or should I tackle this press project first? I'm confident in my "little" wire machine, as far as penetration, weld strength, and my own ability. I have one potential customer that wants skid plates built, and I think that it would be awesome to be able to bend them with my own brake.
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby plain ol Bill » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:47 pm

Sam out where I live in the sticks we have very few scrap places and those send all of their stuff to China. Don't know of any that sell to the general public around here.
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby AndersK » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:23 pm

I dug up some pictures of some simple tools I've made

Body file holder, the file lies on a "stump" used to shrink metal on
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Some various templates for recesses or dimples.
Some oak, jigsaw, holesaws and a wood router is everything needed
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They were used to make this
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Wood mallet I made from legs of the kitchen table :mrgreen:
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Tool for tipping edges (can be shimmed to take different sheet thickness)
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Tipping dies for the bead roller
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Some slappers, made of leaf springs
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Beater bag stand, made from an old water tank
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby AndersK » Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:50 pm

Continued, 10 attachments maximum...


Holder for stakes, fits the beater bag stand
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Some stakes, the smaller curved ones are coils from car springs
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Some tools, self made and modified
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pretty much everything used to make this
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby motox » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:44 pm

anders
nice assortment of shapers.
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby Otto Nobedder » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:12 pm

And nice assortment of projects done with said shapers!

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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby nathan » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:34 pm

That's cool! You doing hot work with them, or is it all done cold?
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby exnailpounder » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:56 pm

Wow. That stuff is amazing! You guys are geniuses in your own right!
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby AndersK » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:08 am

Thanks gor the kind comments.

I mainly work cold but sometimes, like with the parts for the dragonfly, I need to anneal when it work hardens.
The size and degree of shaping would make them crack otherwise
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby exnailpounder » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:06 am

Anders...those dragonflys would sell like hotcakes over here. I showed the wife and I guess I have a new project to try...thanks buddy! :lol:
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