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  1. #1
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    Default Plate Clamps and Grape Fruit Punch

    Invention is the Mother of Necessity, or something like that. And if you give me a picture of a tool, I might just be able to duplicate it. We needed some plate clamps for handling steel plate horizontally. Something simple and inexpensive. I've got access to the tools, can I build what I need? Can I find something that will do the job? I found some simple clamps online marketed as "Bird Clamps".

    01-Bird Clamp Online.jpg

    I dusted off my AutoDesk Inventor and laid out the clamp I found online

    02-My Version.jpg

    Using our Hypertherm Powermax 1000 and my Miller Circle Cutter Guide and a straight edge or two, I laid out, cut, and trimed out the pieces.

    03-Clamp Plate Layout.jpg
    04-Initial Cuts.jpg
    05-Next Cuts.jpg

    Well, that's the first Five, I'll add the others in additional post.
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    Default Next Five Pictures

    This is the next batch of Pictures of my home built Bird Clamps

    06-Cutting Free.jpg
    07-Mark Off Braces.jpg
    08-Clamp the Guide.jpg
    09-Trim the Ends.jpg
    10-Mark the Pivot.jpg

    To Be Continued...
    Last edited by flukecej; 07-01-2010 at 10:25 PM. Reason: Re-arrange Photo Order
    '77 Miller Bluestar 2E on current service truck
    '99 Miller Bobcat 225NT for New Service Truck
    '85 Millermatic 200 in Shop

    '72 Marquete 295 AC cracker box in Shop
    '07 Hypertherm Powermax 1000 G3 Plasma Cutter in Shop
    Miller Elite and Digital Elite Hoods

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    Default Next Five, Not necessarily in order.

    Wow, If you don't arrange the attachments yourself, the software has its own idea of order.

    11-Making the Cut.jpg
    12-Trimming Out.jpg
    13-Fit Up.jpg
    14-Welded Up.jpg
    15-Another View.jpg

    To be continued, after some editting.
    '77 Miller Bluestar 2E on current service truck
    '99 Miller Bobcat 225NT for New Service Truck
    '85 Millermatic 200 in Shop

    '72 Marquete 295 AC cracker box in Shop
    '07 Hypertherm Powermax 1000 G3 Plasma Cutter in Shop
    Miller Elite and Digital Elite Hoods

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    Default And the Next Five...

    Is this what selecting "Your Five" is like?

    16-First Test.jpg
    17-Black Paint.jpg
    18-Red Paint.jpg
    19-Second Clamp Fit Up.jpg
    20-Second Clamp Welded.jpg

    To be continued, after arranging...
    '77 Miller Bluestar 2E on current service truck
    '99 Miller Bobcat 225NT for New Service Truck
    '85 Millermatic 200 in Shop

    '72 Marquete 295 AC cracker box in Shop
    '07 Hypertherm Powermax 1000 G3 Plasma Cutter in Shop
    Miller Elite and Digital Elite Hoods

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    Default This is tooooooooooooo much fun!

    I guess I should learn how to do this from online and not from my computer...

    21-Rear View.jpg
    22-Side View.jpg
    23-Clamp Open.jpg

    The Clamps needed some teeth to grip with, so and old horse file was used to add some grip to the clamp.

    24-Dental Work.jpg
    25-Grip for Clamp.jpg

    We're almost done, I think one more post will complete the pictures.
    To be continued...
    '77 Miller Bluestar 2E on current service truck
    '99 Miller Bobcat 225NT for New Service Truck
    '85 Millermatic 200 in Shop

    '72 Marquete 295 AC cracker box in Shop
    '07 Hypertherm Powermax 1000 G3 Plasma Cutter in Shop
    Miller Elite and Digital Elite Hoods

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    Default Wow, what a way to make your posting number rise

    OK, we have arrived, the final pictures...

    I didn't mention this, I had previously cut out enough parts to make 2 sets, not completely, I had a few more to cut out after the modifications made to the first set.
    26-Trim Out 2nd Set.jpg

    And here is the first set after the paint finally dried...

    27-First Set Final Paint.jpg
    28-First Set Complete.jpg

    Many of you are probably wondering what "Grape Fruit Punch" is. Well, its been more humid than normal here on the South Plains of Texas and it just makes you sweat alot more. Well I have been mixing KoolAide and Gatorade and it comes out pretty interesting. The mix of late has been KoolAide Grape and Gatorade Fruit Punch, thus the name. Next Mix, Tropical Fruit and Fruit Punch, that makes Tropical Fruit Fruit Punch.

    Stay Tuned for more project updates. After the rain, thank you Alex, time to pull weeds and haul off some scrap metal. Upcoming projects: Trailer rebuilds and mods and rig rebuild to come, along with the mother of all truck service beds.
    '77 Miller Bluestar 2E on current service truck
    '99 Miller Bobcat 225NT for New Service Truck
    '85 Millermatic 200 in Shop

    '72 Marquete 295 AC cracker box in Shop
    '07 Hypertherm Powermax 1000 G3 Plasma Cutter in Shop
    Miller Elite and Digital Elite Hoods

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    Default

    Those little clamps came out great! I was wondering how you were going to cut the teeth then I see the file (good idea).Anyway good job. Mike

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    Extremely impressive work!
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    Default As Ronald Reagan always said, "Well..."

    My dad suggested the course file to give the clamps some grip. He had some old files that were used for horse shoeing in the past. He told me to cut what I needed to make the grip. The fun part was heating the file to bend prior to welding. Then I heated the clamp plate again, after welding,till it was glowing orange and then dropped it in oil to re-harden.
    '77 Miller Bluestar 2E on current service truck
    '99 Miller Bobcat 225NT for New Service Truck
    '85 Millermatic 200 in Shop

    '72 Marquete 295 AC cracker box in Shop
    '07 Hypertherm Powermax 1000 G3 Plasma Cutter in Shop
    Miller Elite and Digital Elite Hoods

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