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  • #16
    Originally posted by NorthernLights
    Rocky D,

    I like the Welding Finger. What the best way to make the weight block? A solid block may be difficult to find. Make a box out of thin plate material and fill with something heavy? Thanks.
    That would certainly work. You can get creative and use other shapes, too. Depending on how professional you wanted it to look, you can use a weight bench weight and weld a a big bolt or something through the middle hole to keep it on the finger, even a brick with some way to hold it on. Even without a weight, it would still work for some of the more delicate holdings.

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    • #17
      This is my version of the welding finger (based on Rocky D's)
      Bob Sigmon
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      Dynasty 200DX w/ Coolmate 3
      Miller Passport
      LMSW-52T Spot Welder
      A/O Setup with Meco Midget
      Miller Big Window Elite
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      • #18
        I made two of Rocky D's welding fingers. One out of 3/8" round bar and one out of 1/2" stock. I did not put a weight on them, but I think they work fine anyway. I also made a plasma cutting grate based upon his design with the removable cutting fins. It works great, highly recommended if you have a plasma cutter.
        Attached Files

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        • #19
          Some really great projects here. Rocky D I noticed your`e Hobart is autographed,who are those that helped with the decorations?

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          • #20
            Here's my version of a welding finger clamp thingy. I use about 20 of them on one welding jig to hold the little parts. They are simple and cheap to make from a small od sq tube. I used 3/8" sq. They slide up between two rails and have spring pressure downward. Sure beats buying 20 pairs of Vise grips...Bob
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            Bob Wright

            Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
            http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Raven
              I made two of Rocky D's welding fingers. One out of 3/8" round bar and one out of 1/2" stock. I did not put a weight on them, but I think they work fine anyway. I also made a plasma cutting grate based upon his design with the removable cutting fins. It works great, highly recommended if you have a plasma cutter.
              Good show, Raven...I found that the "finger" is also a good way to ground what you're welding. The weight can be anything heavy enough to put pressure on what you're holding with it. I'm glad you guys are having fun building these tools.
              Arcin' and Sparkin', Rocky D

              "Experience is the name we give our mistakes"

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Stick rod
                Some really great projects here. Rocky D I noticed your`e Hobart is autographed,who are those that helped with the decorations?
                I do testing for Hobart and the signatures are from the design team that built the HH125. Real nice folks, over there!
                Arcin' and Sparkin', Rocky D

                "Experience is the name we give our mistakes"

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                • #23
                  Back scratcher

                  Here's another small project, fun to build, and useful, too.


                  Close up...

                  Arcin' and Sparkin', Rocky D

                  "Experience is the name we give our mistakes"

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Rocky D
                    Here's another small project, fun to build, and useful, too.
                    That looks a bit more like a garden tool!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Pantaz
                      That looks a bit more like a garden tool!
                      Yeah, I guess you're right! From the picture ya can't tell how big it is. It's only 17" long, and 3/32" stainless wire.
                      Arcin' and Sparkin', Rocky D

                      "Experience is the name we give our mistakes"

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                      • #26
                        My first projects

                        I started out very simple, and I can send you plans for each project - my first project was to use rebar to build a C25 cylinder holder for transport, I didn’t like wedging it in between boxes to keep it from rolling around in the back of my truck.

                        Project #2 was a small welding table that I could clamp onto my Black and Decker workmate.

                        Projects 3 & 4 were to build new fireplace grates – once again rebar.

                        Project 5 – Wood storage rack – galvanized fence posts – good for a cord.

                        Project 6 – was why I bought the welder – fix the rear bumper where my RV storage compartment was attached. Massive stress cracks, and the compartment was almost dragging on the ground.

                        Project 7 – a collapsible battery holder for my RV that mounts on the front bumper when dry camping to give overnight electricity – and stores in above storage compartment for travel.

                        Project 8 – Bought a TIG welder that didn’t come with a cart – designed and built the cart.

                        Project 9 – Modify gas cylinder transport for two cylinders, one C25 the other Argon.

                        Project 10 – Is in the design phase – a custom fence enclosure for my pool pump station.

                        Projects 1 through 7 were MIG projects, 8 through 10 are MIG/TIG.


                        SJM

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                        • #27
                          plans

                          danny , ya got any plans for that bender??? looks like that would be a handy tool,,, outlaw,,,

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                          • #28
                            bottle rack

                            SJM ??

                            you got any pics of the bottle transport rack... I use wooden wedges, but they always work loose and the bottle is movin

                            thanks
                            john

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by outlaw
                              danny , ya got any plans for that bender??? looks like that would be a handy tool,,, outlaw,,,
                              Here are the plans for the bender...if anyone wants the Autocad file, email me and specify what version you are using.
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                              Arcin' and Sparkin', Rocky D

                              "Experience is the name we give our mistakes"

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                              • #30
                                Bottle Rack, welding fingers, welding cart

                                Here are pic's of a couple of my projects. The bottle rack can either lay down in my truck or be mounted to the front of the bed with the brackets shown on either side. The brackets slide between the bed and the cab and bolt to the frame using the eye bolts at the bottom of the pic. I modified Rocky D's welding fingers by adding a piece of 3/4" 90 degree angle, I stack weight as needed on the angle. My final two pic's are the welding cart I built for my Dynasty 200DX.
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