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    welding clamps

    HI
    Not my idea but here is what I made for a welding clamp. I made different end parts to attach to welding table and metal to weld. the balls are 1" ball bearings tig welded to the bolt, angle, and v-grip.

    have fun
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    Re: welding clamps

    I like that is WAY COOL!!!

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    Re: welding clamps

    Very Very Cool
    I'm not smart enough to use something like that. Looks like the terminators arm.
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    Re: welding clamps

    Very well thought out and constructed. Thanks, man.

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    Re: welding clamps

    Like said "very cool". They look great and functional to.
    Two thumbs up.

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    Re: welding clamps

    Now, where is that can of 1" ball bearings???

    Nice job.

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    Re: welding clamps

    That is neat! This got the little gears in my head turning... Did you bevel the holes that sandwich the balls? How much weight can you suspend from one of those arms? Thanks for posting.
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    Re: welding clamps

    I've been thinking about making a mono-pod mount for my new camera for shooting close-ups, and you've just saved me experimentation time. Thanks for the great idea!

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    Re: welding clamps

    I like the idea. Now if I can just find some 1" ball bearings!

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    Re: welding clamps

    www.mcmaster.com

    PN# 9528K33 $13.05 pack of 10


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    Re: welding clamps

    wow, that is AWESOME!

    brilliant.

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    Re: welding clamps

    u should patent it. it looks like a fantastic design.

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    careful, I think it IS all ready patented.......

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    Re: welding clamps

    That is trick. Will definitely be borrowing that...

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    Re: welding clamps

    I may just make one. I'm regretting tossing out that tobacco can that was half full of 3/4" ball bearings!
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    Re: welding clamps

    Awesome idea, well executed! The idea has worked its way onto my never ending "gotta build that" list. Thanks for posting.

    Gord

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    Re: welding clamps

    Great idea.
    Can you give details of the joint plates. What sizes are they and how you fab'd them?
    Need to make a couple for myself......excellent work.

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    Re: welding clamps

    Hi
    Sounds like Mcmaster's has a better price I paid $20 for 10.
    The plates on the clamps are 3/8" X 3" X 1-3/8" the holes are 3/4". I did bevel the holes but that caused a problem with the range of motion. Just take the edge of the hole for the ball to seat in. Bolts are 3/8" X 16 treaded on one plate works fine be 3/8" X 24 may be better. I cut 2 plates and tack welded them together in opposite corners and dilled the holes then brole them apart for final shaping. When I cut the corners off that took off the tack welds and released the plates for final shape.
    As you can see in the pictures the bevel in out on the plate. I dimples the bolts and shafts for better centering of the bals before welding.
    have fun
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    Re: welding clamps

    I have very little space in my shop & I do a lot of small stuff so I built something similar to this but I used a pre fab articulating monitor mounting arm
    & it does the job great & can also carry quite a bit of weight & hold it firmly in place & be repositioned very easily...

    I also ran a 4 gauge grounding cable from the vice grip to the table so anything that's clamped is grounded without grounding through the articulating balls

    the vice grip mounted is made as a purge connection but it can just as easily be used for non purging applications too

    yours is an awesome idea too, I would have loved to build something like that but I'd be afraid that it will loosen up a lot & sag with anything a little heavy...









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    Re: welding clamps

    I got some ball beaings from a pump company.The top thrust bearings (balls) in some of the gearheads
    are 1 inch or bigger sometimes
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    Re: welding clamps

    Wow, I've had this exact device in my head for a while. Just haven't gotten to it! Nicely done! I got the idea from those little electronic soldering holders with the magnifying glass.
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    Re: welding clamps a jig i made

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    Re: welding clamps

    cool idea, i wonder with this same similar setup upscaled useing trailer hitch balls as your pivot points to work with larger metals might just be what i need for some ajustable jigs i need. thanks for the idea
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    Re: welding clamps a jig i made

    Quote Originally Posted by T E B View Post
    T E B:
    What's the story on this vise mounting? Is the vise mounted to a corner plate with locking pin, for quick vise swap? er.. call it the flat plate equivalent of a receiver mount for your vise?

    oops.. apologies for going off topic..

    Nice job to the original poster for a cool application...

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    Re: welding clamps

    Hear is the thread on the v vise http://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=43455

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