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  1. #1
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    Default Scrap bin Picket Twister

    I wanted to twist some half inch square stuff so I made this twister from stuff in the scrap bin and two half inch drive sockets.

    Things that I learned from building this are:

    - Twisting Half inch square stuff much more than .25 of a turn per inch will break the bar I am twisting
    - The bottom bracket must be secured/clamped to the back bar
    - If I cut the bottom socket and leave it open it will just spread the socket open, but some flat bar welded on will prevent that.
    -Once I cut and then welded closed the bottom socket I saw that there is more room for the metal so the bottom and top socket didn't have to line up perfectly.
    - Weld a large washer to the top socket will give you enough surface to weld a handle to it
    - Clean the area's to be welded, it takes a lot more force than I though to twist half inch square steel.

    Next I will try to make baskets with it. Also I will make another handle and clamp for 3/8 square. I want to see how well four .25 inch round rods will twist together as well. Success or failure will be posted.

    Any comments or improvements are welcome.
    Thanks.
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    Last edited by Cargoon; 08-18-2009 at 02:02 AM.

  2. #2
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    Cool

    Perfect...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

  3. #3
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    Thats about right all you have to do now is paint it.

  4. #4
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    looks good
    i think i'm going to make one like that now thanks for the idea...

  5. #5

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    Bob

    any fixture idea's for making large letters? Say 4" tall?

    jim

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    Jim there was a flyer that came with my bender for making letters from 1/8"x2" but the edge isn't thick enough to suit me so i just bend mine from 1/2" sq then cut and weld each letter. I think they look better...Bob
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    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

  7. #7
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    Default Failed basket

    Basket Failure
    Thought I would try to make a basket with .25 round rod.
    The bottom socket was to big and the stock just spun in it.
    I'll figure it out.

    Supposed to look like Pic one but ended looking like pic 2

    Thanks for the goods words.
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  8. #8
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    Tack your round bar together on both ends and try it...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

  9. #9
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    Great job! I always enjoy seeing these type projects as it looks like that I could possibly make one too.

    I have one question if you don't mind. You said something about welding a piece of bar back on the socket. I may have missed something, but why did you have to cut the socket to begin with?

    Wayne

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    hey,

    i think to get that done, you may have to have the bottom portion mobile. so when you twist it the lock can slide up a little because when the metal will spread wider it will make the hight shorter....... and you would have to lock the bottom portion in some how, so it does not pop out. .. just an idea
    Last edited by Nitto9; 08-19-2009 at 02:36 PM.

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