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    Simple project

    This is a very simple project and is a big help in welding smaller projects. My dad called it a welders finger, it is a device made to hold small objects while tacking in place. I bought the steel at the scrap yard to make this, it was 3.56 total in price. It frees up a hand so you can hold the gun (mig welder) with both hands to get a straight shot at the place to be welded. its very handy when welding small objects.
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    Neat Idea.

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    I like it

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    looks good but i'd probably get frustrated with it

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    i would probably get frustrated w/ that too guy

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    Not as frustrating as working with one hand, my left hand is crippled.

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    A good third hand for tig welding is just what I needed, good idea.

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    That is neat. I'm going to have to make a few of those.
    -Heath

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    One of the welding books shows how to make something similar but out of 1/4" or 3/8" bar stock, one piece bent into a V for the end, the other a long piece sharpened and bent over at the end. No extra weight added.

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    I've seen this on the other welding forums as well.

    Don't use it to ground, it will arc between the tip and the work.
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    Re: Simple project

    Welding with only one hand would be a challenge for sure. Somedays I need three hands.

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    Re: Simple project

    I made up a couple of similar ones out of cold roll steel. They have been real handy for intricate TIG work. (Great for when you need one hand to hold the torch, and the other one to hold the filler rod, and need your parts to stay put for tack welding.) The other use for them they are really great for is for reliably grounding small, delicate parts. (Such as small, light aluminum parts that you need to weld.) I highly recommend designing them so that you can reliably clamp onto one with your ground clamp.

    Sharpening the "feet" makes them capable of holding pieces that may be setting on surfaces off of completely horizontal better (because I find the sharpened feet can take more lateral/twisting force before the finger slides.) Although they do require a little more care in handling when the feet are sharpened.

    If you are making more than one or two, it's nice to have them in different sizes / lengths than all the same, IMO. Also, its good to not be too concerned about getting all the weight over the head. The feet need some weight on them too, to help them not slide.
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    Re: Simple project

    Looks like I have something to make @ work Monday morning

    Lots better than searching for someone to hold something in place.

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    Re: Simple project

    Great looking usefull tool, think I'll be making a few of those sunday!
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    Re: Simple project

    Quote Originally Posted by wrenchit View Post
    This is a very simple project and is a big help in welding smaller projects. My dad called it a welders finger, it is a device made to hold small objects while tacking in place. I bought the steel at the scrap yard to make this, it was 3.56 total in price. It frees up a hand so you can hold the gun (mig welder) with both hands to get a straight shot at the place to be welded. its very handy when welding small objects.
    On mine I bent short 90s on the legs and put short pieces of rubber hose on them a bit longer than the feet, helps stop them from sliding.
    I always tried to work with the oldest hand on the job to gain knowlege but now I can't find any.

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    Re: Simple project

    Nice work, I'll plan on adding some to my tool inentory.

    Gord

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    Re: Simple project

    Made myself one today. Very handy, wish I had one years ago.








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    Re: Simple project

    Just made a few of these for my workshop after see these. Handy homemade tool !

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    Re: Simple project

    Nice. I'm gonna make me a few.
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