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  1. #351
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    Camloc pliers

    Camlocs are 1/4 turn aircraft fasteners used to latch cowls and such. Problem is that the stud has to be compressed to install into the grommet. They sell pliers for this but I didn't want to wait a week to get 'em.

    Pic 1: Grommet and stud
    Pic 2: Homemade pliers. Cut the arms on my band saw, 1/8 cs. Milled the 1/4" cs jaws. Tig'd the jaws to the arms. Wire brushed it til it shined. Screwed it together w/ a hex head screw and nyloc nut and called it good.
    Pic 3: Pliers w/ stud
    Pic 4: Stud compressed and inserted in grommet.
    Pic 5: All done.
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  2. #352
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Quote Originally Posted by oxygen454 View Post
    Sweet, looks like an oversize grinder wrench lol. Im guessing that may have given you the idea?
    Funny you should mention that, the tool the frenchies broke looked just like a giant grinder wrench! It looked to be made out of 1/8" flat bar, and was pretzel'd beyond recognition. Based on the condition of the tool, I decided to make my replacement wrench out of 3/8" HR plate Try bending that, you clove cigarette smoking frogs!

    Incidentally, I see you're located in the fraser valley! I'm in surrey myself, just down the road, whereabouts in the valley are you from? It's always nice to see another lower mainland dweller representing our fine province on the internetz

  3. #353
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    Re: Camloc pliers

    Quote Originally Posted by BTD View Post
    They sell pliers for this but I didn't want to wait a week to get 'em.
    Your pliers are every bit as nice as my "store bought" variety. Nice job.

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  4. #354
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    Re: Home made tools!

    These are just a few things i made in shop class last year.
    1. Vice
    2. Spring loaded lathe center
    3. Set of parallel clamps
    4. Pliers to remove broken light bulb socket
    5. C Clamp




  5. #355
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Nice job on the cam-lock pliers!

    I did much the same except I substituted a pair of garage sale pliers for the unit. Made the jaws very similar to yours though.

    Now you need to whip up the drill fixture for the female receptacle. It makes getting the rivet holes and the center hole accurate so much easier. I'll did one out and post it if I remember.
    Roger
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  6. #356
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    Re: Home made tools!

    heres a home made pipe beveler...







    don't want to flood this thread with pics, more are found here
    miller 330a bp TIG
    miller dynasty 200DX TIG
    millermatic 185 MIG
    thermal dynamics cutmaster 101 plasma cutter
    snap-on YA5550 plasma cutter
    hypertherm powermax 30 plasma cutter
    baileigh CS225 cold saw
    etc....

  7. #357
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    Re: Home made tools!

    This is a tubing bender that i built from plans bought on the internet..
    It is a Frank Tacaks design.

    I bought the dies from Pro Tools.

    I have dies for 1 inch tube and 1-1/4 tube and it bends 180º
    Works on .065 tube up to 1/8 tube.
    Smooth mandrel type bends no deformation.
    Last edited by Donald Branscom; 03-22-2011 at 05:08 PM.
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  8. #358
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Nice. Did you build it from scratch, or did you have any of it in kit form?

    Did you have to turn any of it on a lathe?

    What did the dies cost you if you don't mind me asking?

  9. #359
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    Re: Home made tools!

    76Ranger those are some really neat projects , I especially like that vise. Nice work.

  10. #360
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rog02 View Post
    Nice job on the cam-lock pliers!

    I did much the same except I substituted a pair of garage sale pliers for the unit. Made the jaws very similar to yours though.

    Now you need to whip up the drill fixture for the female receptacle. It makes getting the rivet holes and the center hole accurate so much easier. I'll did one out and post it if I remember.
    Thanks Rog02. I just saw where a guy made a pair of Camlok pliers out of a cheap hole punch. Oh well....mine's prettier!

    I have a drill jig for the receptacle....just a small block of 1/4" aluminum w/ a center pin and a couple of holes...works great!



    Donald Branscom,

    That hydraulic ram looks like the one I have on a 1 ton engine hoist. I'm thinking I could make mine do double duty. Do you know what the stroke and capacity of yours is. Also, there's a silver "thing" on the bottom of the ram plus some black hose and a fitting. Is this an air-over-hydraulic set-up?
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  11. #361
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    Re: Home made tools!

    here's a few make overs. Tranny jack, off season tool bench. #2 oil barrel with tool tray and grease gun holders
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    Pound to fit, paint to match

  12. #362
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Here are a couple I've made the last few months. Took a machine shop class to finish up my degree.

    Center punch. I believe it is 1090 heat treated and annealed on the back side.


    These are pegs for a framing square to make stair layout and layout on large diameter tubing much easier.



  13. #363
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Tig torch holder.
    I built this today to keep my torch safe and clean. Works pretty good, was cheap and easy to make, and used materials that were sitting around taking up space.
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    The base is magnetic. I bent the rod to the desired shape, and threaded the bottom end 10NF32. Then I used some 11/16" hex stock, cut two pieces .25" long to make nuts, drilled and tapped them 10NF32 to match the rod. Next step was to fasten the rod to the mag base, using thread locker so it never comes apart accidentally.
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    Ah, the beauty of magnets in a welding/ machining environment.
    I got this design from the book, "Metalworking; Sink Or Swim," by Tom Lipton.
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  14. #364
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Like the socket trays, Most Mac tools socket come with the trays like your.

    Quote Originally Posted by lilredex View Post
    Here are a few of mine: socket trays (bent up from 18 Ga. Steel), Tool rack on (wall mounted) compressor, and misc tools. Shown are a 15mm wrench to unwind the belt tensioner ( 3.0 L Caravan), ball joint sockets (ugly but functional) for eighties Mopars, and a steering wheel puller for same.

  15. #365
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    Re: Home made tools!

    My rendition of a shop press, built 15 years ago and finally painted last week.It's a 32 ton with a rolling head.My total out of pocket cost on this was $180.

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  16. #366
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    Re: Home made tools!

    That thing is AMAZING!

    I'm jealous over how much scrap you guys can find. I have checked everywhere locally, and asked many people... there is not a single scrap yard that will sell to the public. At least, not to this public.

  17. #367
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Tool Junkie,
    That's sweet!

  18. #368
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Excellent tools in here! I like the ball turner and I need to make one some day. I as well have a atlas lathe. I got a unimat lathe to use the headstock for doing odd jobs.






  19. #369
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    Re: Home made tools!

    VPT,
    That's one of the most interesting tool post additions i've ever seen!
    Very cool!

  20. #370
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Love this thread! Subscribed.

  21. #371
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    Re: Home made tools!

    sheet metal brake i built from scratch , magnetic vise covers , i have so many pictures of tools i built , i could sit on here all day uploading pictures , people might get bored with all my pics
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  22. #372
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    Re: Home made tools!

    tool junkie > very impressed with ur press and the rolling head !! , i think ill be building one of these real soon with rolling head and a power ram and foot pedal .
    >Innovations are what i leave behind for History<

  23. #373
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Branscom View Post
    This is a tubing bender that i built from plans bought on the internet..
    It is a Frank Tacaks design.

    I bought the dies from Pro Tools.

    I have dies for 1 inch tube and 1-1/4 tube and it bends 180º
    Works on .065 tube up to 1/8 tube.
    Smooth mandrel type bends no deformation.
    very impressed with this bender as well!
    >Innovations are what i leave behind for History<

  24. #374
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Quote Originally Posted by Thiel-Metal-Fab View Post
    tool junkie > very impressed with ur press and the rolling head !! , i think ill be building one of these real soon with rolling head and a power ram and foot pedal .
    Yeah. I sometimes wish it had a power ram or even air/hydraulic, but I like the feel/control I get with the manual version, and I can't justify the expense to "power it up".

  25. #375
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    Re: Home made tools!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tool Junkie View Post
    Yeah. I sometimes wish it had a power ram or even air/hydraulic, but I like the feel/control I get with the manual version, and I can't justify the expense to "power it up".
    either way id be more then happy with yours , for sure!
    >Innovations are what i leave behind for History<

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