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  • Getting kind of low on odds-n-ends these days!

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    • 10 Jan 2021

      Neighbors brought me a bunch of wire frames from old political signs.

      Decided to make tomato cages for them as a thank you.
      Little did I know what a challenge it would be.
      Easy part was rolling the wire to make the rings.
      Hard part was holding the pieces together while welding them together.

      Made this clamp after lots of cussing.
      2" diam ss washer with a 7/8" hole.
      Added some 1/8" SS tig rods to align the wires and used a Lowes
      vice grip for the clamp.

      Some projects are easier than others.

      This was a 2 beer project.
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      Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

      Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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      • Neat tool.

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        • After making the clamp to hold the wires together,
          I needed to straighten the wires for the legs.

          I freely admit I copied this design from an arrow straightening tool.

          Works well and now I have all I need to make
          tomato cages for the neighbors.
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          Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

          Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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          • Here is the commercially made arrow straightener.
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            Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

            Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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            • You are the master of fabber-cobbling!

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              • Ryan,

                This was a 4 beer project over 2 days.
                Sometimes beer makes the job easier but sometimes it can lead to big mistakes.
                The trick is knowing what works best.

                Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

                Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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                • I've never been one to fabricate with a beer in hand, but when it comes time to clean the shop I've been known to throw back a few cold ones while operating a broom

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                  • There are many jobs that should never be done sober.

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                    • and for one, sweeping

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                        This is the PERFECT tool for removing/replacing the big C-clip that holds in the guts for the HX-35 turbo on a Cummins diesel engine. Now I need a patent attorney.
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                        • Is that your poncho liner for the background?

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                          • I was in the Navy, so mine is black and wool. But yes, good eye, that's a military poncho liner!

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                            • I love my poncho liner.

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