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Old 11-22-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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Just wanted to see what kind of home made tools and stuff you guys have... I've already heard of a few.

On guy said a washing machine motor for a buffer.

Also seen a drill in a vice and a grinder become a lathe.

What else ya'll got?
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Old 11-22-2007, 11:18 PM   #2
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i'd like to hear what guys use instead of to get the job done... i think this would be a good thread...
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Old 11-22-2007, 11:27 PM   #3
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Buffer stand. Also holds elecky motor with a wire wheel on it. Buff comes off and a bar bender can bolt to the top. Base is a Leopard tank road wheel.

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I used to have a bench grinder stand made out of an extra wheel and a used driveshaft. Worked like a charm, but would vibrate half way across the room if you didnt keep your foot on it.

All this has me wondering if I could make a decent small scale lathe out of my drill press.

Keep em coming, good ideas I don't think I've thought of! Its amazing how you realize you need something when someone shows what they've got.
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Old 11-23-2007, 04:59 PM   #5
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Tubing Bender. Design by Blackjack. Adapted to take a locally produced hatchback hub. I've built several frames with it so far and recommend it highly



Easy enough to use that even Neo Dutch had a go.

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Old 11-25-2007, 02:42 PM   #7
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Tubing Bender. Design by Blackjack. Adapted to take a locally produced hatchback hub. I've built several frames with it so far and recommend it highly

This is RAD!! Im sooo gonna copy that!Hope ya dont mind.
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So what Hatch back hub do you use with that?
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Old 11-25-2007, 04:49 PM   #9
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Here's a tubing notcher that I made got it from some guy off the net. It works well.
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It works very well and will replicate bends easily. I use a high tech method to replicate bends. I mark the hub with a piece of chalk and then bend the next piece to were the chalk mark is. I used a Holden Barina hub which is common as muck here , Blackjack used a Ford Fiesta and I've heard some guys in the USA use Rabbit or Jack Rabbit(memories not so good) hub as well. It's a very flexible design that has at least 12 variants that I know of . It's Low Tech but it works. Here's where to find it.

http://www.thefont.pwp.blueyonder.co...ube_bender.htm
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This is what I made to put louvers in exhaust tube for making baffels
I use the angle aluminium to shim for different diameter tubing.

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Tubing Bender. Design by Blackjack. Adapted to take a locally produced hatchback hub. I've built several frames with it so far and recommend it highly



Easy enough to use that even Neo Dutch had a go.


Sorry man, but ^that^ thing looks like a quick trip to the ER.
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Sorry man, but ^that^ thing looks like a quick trip to the ER.
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If I build that I'm going to try to intigrate a hydraulic jack.... I really dont wanna bust my ass.
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Old 11-25-2007, 11:24 PM   #14
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Adding a "strap" wouldn't be a bad Idea to keep that from exploading if it slips off.
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There was a thread about engine turning finishes recently. You can glue some sandpaper to the bottom of a valve and stick that in your drill to use for engine turning. Bigger valve, bigger pattern.
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Great thread! I think this was started once before but didn't get even close to being this big.

I've got a thingamajig I made for engine turning. I'll try and get a picture of it.

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I got a homemade wheel truing stand:



I got a homemade clutch hub puller:



And last but not least, I got a homemade phase converter so I can run my 3-phase mill & lathe off of residential 220 juice:

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On the topic of that pipe bender... I was thinking that a come-along strapped to it would probably make the bending easier. Maybe safer, unless the cable breaks.

Love where this is going!

Gotta see more stuff. I'm just a broke white boy, cant afford lathes and pipe benders and all that shit.
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:57 PM   #19
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Oil furnace broke.
Replaced with gas furnace.
Needed a use for old furnace fan.

This thing blows the smoke out of the garage when I am welding or when I set something on fire.

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Oil furnace broke.
Replaced with gas furnace.
Needed a use for old furnace fan.

This thing blows the smoke out of the garage when I am welding or when I set something on fire.




That thing rules! So does the sign to the left of it!!
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F.st.m. can you give us some more detail on the phase converter?
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Sure Raz,

First single phase (2 hot legs) enters the knife switch box at the bottom of the box. Leg #2 is jumped(split) to power up what will become the third leg. Time-delay fuses are installed so that the breaker doesn't trip during initial start-up.



Then the third leg power is sent down to a start capacitor. It returns up and into the momentary (light switch) switch. It then goes down and "bump starts" the idler motor which is bolted to the side of my mill.

With zero load on the idler motor, it creates a steady third leg (L3) which can now be used by the mill & lathe.



Though still a bit messy, the circuits can be identified on the wall board in this last photo. When running only one machine, the circuits (L1, L2, & l3) are very well ballanced and the "created 3rd leg" is at 92% - 96% amperage which is just about perfect. When running both(mill & lathe) machines simultaneously, amperage on L3 drops to 88% so I just plug in to the dayton run cap (blue star in photo) and this brings it back up to 95%.



Total expenses were $80 this includes the idler motor(ebay), fuses, romex, capacitors, and light switch. The knife switch came with the mill when I got it, so that was a freebie.
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I converted a 9" benchtop drill press into a makeshift vertical lathe for polishing aluminum tubing.A live center on the bottom & a bow roller off a boat trailer that I cut in half & reshaped on the top.

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I converted a 9" benchtop drill press into a makeshift vertical lathe for polishing aluminum tubing.A live center on the bottom & a bow roller off a boat trailer that I cut in half & reshaped on the top.
OH HEY!! That's a great idea!!!
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Sure Raz,

First single phase (2 hot legs) enters the knife switch box at the bottom of the box. Leg #2 is jumped(split) to power up what will become the third leg. Time-delay fuses are installed so that the breaker doesn't trip during initial start-up.



Then the third leg power is sent down to a start capacitor. It returns up and into the momentary (light switch) switch. It then goes down and "bump starts" the idler motor which is bolted to the side of my mill.

With zero load on the idler motor, it creates a steady third leg (L3) which can now be used by the mill & lathe.



Though still a bit messy, the circuits can be identified on the wall board in this last photo. When running only one machine, the circuits (L1, L2, & l3) are very well ballanced and the "created 3rd leg" is at 92% - 96% amperage which is just about perfect. When running both(mill & lathe) machines simultaneously, amperage on L3 drops to 88% so I just plug in to the dayton run cap (blue star in photo) and this brings it back up to 95%.



Total expenses were $80 this includes the idler motor(ebay), fuses, romex, capacitors, and light switch. The knife switch came with the mill when I got it, so that was a freebie.
I have heard of this done before but nobody explained it as well as you have.Nice job ,esp when multible applications are needed.I have printed this and put in my notes for future reference.....Thanks

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F.St.M.

I applaud your make do creativity, but your electrical installation is a disaster.

Get an enclosure for those live parts before someone gets zapped. Those lugs are an electrocution hazzard, especially with either motor under load.
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:07 AM   #27
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Here is my home made mill, back in trade school each of us made parts and then we all put them together and we each had a mill.
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wheeling machines, got plans off internet, made two one paid for
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a stand for holding stuff, the arms adjust vert. and horizontaly




neck fixture for an as yet unfinished frame jig





probably too dark to see but a combo wheel chock / tie down




over center bike lift



some mods to a HF tubing notcher

kids in shop class using a T-dolly


this table has been one of the most useful things ever, has casters and makes moving things around the shop super easy, a '26 roadster is sitting on it now and I just push it around the shop


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The thing was actually pretty decent for a HF tool right out of the box. The only things I did were mount it to a good heavy base (I built a wood one first but the 1/4" steel plate is much better). The biggest problem I found is that the pipe clamp didnt quite line up with quill, hole would be drilled off center. All I had to do was put some shim stock between the pipe clamp (the black piece) and the frame (the gray piece) to line it up. I think the biggest secret to making it work is good hole saws.
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Just found this online... Guy says its for forming tunnels for bike gas tanks.
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I use this tool to pressure test my intake manifold. Super easy to find even the smallest leaks.



  1. Remove the carb
  2. Bolt this onto the end of the intake using the rubber inner tube "gasket" to seal it up.
  3. Put my air compressor hose on the nipple and adjust the regulator to 10psi.
  4. Spray all around the intake o-rings with water with a little bit of dish soap.
If you have a leak, you'll get lots of bubbles. Much more reliable way to find intake leaks then spraying around the intake with WD40 or carb cleaner.

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Good Idea, I need to make one of those
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I've been in the mood to make some items for the garage. I'll get pics of my metal brakes, english wheel, and parts washer and post them up. In the mean time....bump.
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I applaud your make do creativity, but your electrical installation is a disaster.

Get an enclosure for those live parts before someone gets zapped. Those lugs are an electrocution hazzard, especially with either motor under load.
I usualy try to avoid licking the live lugs on the wall when I'm machining something, so enclosing them is not a concern.
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It still amazes me that "Doc" Brown could build a time machine, but lack the necessary skills to pronounce gigawatt....
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When you build time machines at 60 years old, who has the time to learn spelling and pronunciations.
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My "poorman's" wheel clamp. I know, I need to turn the heat up on my welder. Hahaha...





The tried and true 'block of wood' but with channels drilled for a lil' added stability. Clamp a 2x4 to a 6x4 use a 1-3/8" bit at the seam and you get a perfect channel for the frame. 'b'


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Im convinced Doc Brown...errr Fritz...has plans for the flux capacitor buried somewhere in his shop.
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Great thread!
Worlds simplest wheel truing stand. If you`re just building a single or more similar wheels there`s really no need to go further than this. A piece of rod (old wheelaxle) welded onto a piece of square tubing:
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http://home.comcast.net/~t.molnar/ShopPress.htm

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Here's some crimping pliers


Thought this was kinda cool, airplane building use, but could come in handy



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Here's another I found... Pretty good idea for doin exhaust

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I made a sweet metal hammer out of one of these gas canister caps...



All you have to do is put a peice of one inch OD pipe through the holes in the cap and weld it up, I used about a foot long handle and it works great as a hammer and as a dolly too. The best thing is that it cost me $10 from tractor supply and took about 5 minutes to make. Already straightened out an old fender and made a seat pan with it. Works like a champ...
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I got a homemade wheel truing stand:



I got a homemade clutch hub puller:



And last but not least, I got a homemade phase converter so I can run my 3-phase mill & lathe off of residential 220 juice:

The Three phase converter...Holy shit.
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Here's another I found... Pretty good idea for doin exhaust

I'm not understanding what's going on here. What am I missing?
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Its for welding exhaust tubing together. The open spot in the clamp is where you make your spot welds.
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Some torque converters made from sockets and wrenches bought at a pawn shop for $11. Makes retorquing head bolts on a Shovel a breeze.

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There's a lot of them out there, but here's a tubing bender I built:



Pay no attention to the tubing in that photo, I just used thin wall tubing to make sure it would work. It built my frame like a champ. Plus I really liked having the air/hydraulic ram, super easy to get exact and repeatable bends.
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Old 12-23-2008, 06:32 PM   #52
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Geesus dont they have building codes in Alaska?
dang, Conduit isnt that expensive. nice going otherwise on the "IN"verter
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That tubing bender is way badass
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Old 12-24-2008, 12:28 AM   #54
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I made a pretty handy litle invention today. i made a flange that mounts the top half of a shopvac directly onto a 55 gallon drum. definately decreases the power but still works great
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g/box mainshaft nut socket, made with a piece of tube i had laying around and a piece of 1/4" plate drilled and filed to the size of the nut, then welded to the pipe, hole drilled in the pipe to take a tommy-bar,,

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not home made...but it works...
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Just completed my frame fixture...

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My simple valve guide removal tool. A long shank bolt that fits nicely in the guide and a nut ground to the O.D. of the guide. Grab you BFH and start hammering!

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I have a jiffy stand I made out of some 2x4s screwed together, a pipe and a pipe flange..... It looks ugly but gets the job done.... kinda like a fat chick after midnight
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Worlds simplest wheel truing stand. If you`re just building a single or more similar wheels there`s really no need to go further than this. A piece of rod (old wheelaxle) welded onto a piece of square tubing:
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Was about to build a trueing stand of "usual" design this weekend. Seeing this definetely changed my mind and saved a few hours of fabbing....Thanks! Gonna modify it a bit to use it as a balancing stand also. Using a hunk of 3" angle insteade of tube cause I have it available....Thanks again.
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Fritz - great idea. I have to ask though: did you test this set-up the same way in which one would test a magneto for spark??

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Tubing Bender. Design by Blackjack. Adapted to take a locally produced hatchback hub. I've built several frames with it so far and recommend it highly



Easy enough to use that even Neo Dutch had a go.

Back from the dead.

Thank the man for Google. I searched this site for a while and didn't find this thread. Google brought it up though. But only if you spell it "home made" instead or "homemade" pipe bender. Weird.

Anyway, I made one of these for making bicycle frames tonight. I used square tube I had, a round pipe, a drum brake shoe (for the die) from an old car, and some pieces of metal from the scrap. The die looks a little rough, but it bent a 1" thickwall pipe with eeeeeeeease. And trust me, mine looked rougher than this one. Took me 3 hours without any plans.

If I build one frame, it will still pay for itself!

Thanks for posting this. I'll post pics of mine tomorrow.
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vespa scooter motor rebuild stand

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Nice! You don't happen to have a dimensioned drawing of that, do you?
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Back from the dead.

Thank the man for Google. I searched this site for a while and didn't find this thread. Google brought it up though. But only if you spell it "home made" instead or "homemade" pipe bender. Weird.

Search tip -

Use the character * , the so-called "wildcard", for partial-word searches.

Try it, hit search then advanced search, keyword home*, in thread-titles only.


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This thread is genius, keepum coming................
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Now this I do like. Hardwood I guess, what's the max gauge sheet you've pressed wit it, do you use a press or would a vice do at a pinch?, or just get nasty with a club hammer.

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If you don't have the space or finances for a full size (upright) band saw,
turn your port-a-band into a mini (upright) band saw.
Make a little table where the guide bar goes, tape or clamp trigger "on" and plug in and unplug for switching on and off.
Or mount an inline switch on cord.
Clamp in vise and you're good to go.
Works great for small parts making, quick cuts etc.

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Back from the dead.

Thank the man for Google. I searched this site for a while and didn't find this thread. Google brought it up though. But only if you spell it "home made" instead or "homemade" pipe bender. Weird.

Anyway, I made one of these for making bicycle frames tonight. I used square tube I had, a round pipe, a drum brake shoe (for the die) from an old car, and some pieces of metal from the scrap. The die looks a little rough, but it bent a 1" thickwall pipe with eeeeeeeease. And trust me, mine looked rougher than this one. Took me 3 hours without any plans.

If I build one frame, it will still pay for itself!

Thanks for posting this. I'll post pics of mine tomorrow.
The design works really well. I ended up buying a JD2 bender but sold it because I was using my Blackjack Bender instead as it was simpler & quicker . I kept bending handles so I made a nice & heavy replacement that is unbendable. When we move into the new house & I can unpack my gear again I have several frames on the books for this bender to make up. I'm sold on the design and I've got alot of frames & bars to show for it .
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Planishing hammer I made. One of the most used/most valuable tools I have:

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stating the bleedin' obvious, but what kind of work are you putting out?
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I'd just like to get a look at the plans for that planishing hammer. That's nice!
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blatenly stole from his blog. the masters tools.
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Made an inner cam bearing puller w/ some 1/2" bar stock.







Used some tie wire to hold the one end all together.



All broke down.



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Simple homemade sheet metal brake I made.




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engine rebuild/cleaning stand for my SR500, made from a Razor scooter seat.




engine pivots back to get to the sump.



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I made a 12" disk sander.
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=436769

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Here's my latest, a billet fork seal wrench so I don't have to use a screw driver and a sledge! Leaves the fork seals in much nicer shape. Cut out of scrap billet and turned down the ends of a couple of leftover stainless allen bolts on a lathe. Works great!

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Today I made fit a cut off blade in my wood mitre saw so I can square cut steel! Cool!

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Table I built for MIG welding. Raises and lowers from 35-45 inches. Top is 24 x 28 inches. I put gun holders on all four sides.
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Bought this at a barn sale for $15.00, it was a 2 wheel stove pipe crimper. I modified it into a 3 wheel fender strut roller:


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Never new there was a such thing as a "stove pipe crimper", ha! I assume the top roller had a ridge before?
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Built this 16" disc sander about 20 years ago- one of the handiest tools in my shop!
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= just nifty

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Here's a Helve hammer we built, powered by air motor.


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A "shrinker/strecher" stand we made..................
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Here's a plasma cutter holder we made.....................

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Never new there was a such thing as a "stove pipe crimper", ha! I assume the top roller had a ridge before?
I had never heard of one either. I used it once and kept the parts to convert back in case I find out it is worth something. Both rollers had ridges.
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Old power washer motor and stand. Axle from 4 wheeler. Bit of a headache if you run it inside with the door closed.
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Old power washer motor and stand. Axle from 4 wheeler. Bit of a headache if you run it inside with the door closed.
That may be the coolest thing ever!
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^^ you must hold on for dear life while using that buffer... Short work of 120 grit of what hehe.
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ghetto bike lift. $40 in 4X4's and a free bike lift. works like a charm.

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these are very interesting Ill use some of these one day Im sure or ones something like them when I get to a place I can build some things at. In transet now.....
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because this thread should never die
here's a link to some cool tools for harleys

flywheel pusher, chainwhip, clutch hub holder, sprocket shaft bearing puller

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My frame jig/fixture...




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That's seriously cool. I need to steal your plans for that one.
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Nice, I'm glad I brought this back up...
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this is pics of small english wheels i made earlier to do small patch panels and bike fenders or whatever







just for fun i made a door skin for my -27 roadster hot rod using the wheel and a beadroller

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that looks great! Are those just bearing your using for dies?
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that looks great! Are those just bearing your using for dies?
yes of the shelf parts

the lower die is curved but i would like tho have one with even more radius on,still trying to figure out how to do them (regarding material and hardening)

i can post a how to if people like it so you can make your own,in the tech board i guess??
i'm new here and still figureing stuff out on this awesom site

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i can post a how to if people like it so you can make your own,in the tech board i guess??

i'm new here and still figureing stuff out on this awesom site

"Sticky" threads, though seemingly invisible, are there for a reason.

Like, advising one to search first for existing topic-threads before starting a new one.

And, the one on tech that explains it's an Archive board, where one can neither reply nor post new threads.

Feel free to share a home made tool how-to.....right on this thread here.


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Towards the end of last winter I built a tire hammer (power hammer uses a spare tire with an electric motor pivoting against the spare as the drive clutch mechanism; dupont linkage and a crank pin to raise and lower the "hammer")

view as it was being built but shows mechanism better than other photos I have.

almost finished and standing upright

I built and use the power hammer for hot forging. Mine looks a bit rough as I used a stack of "short drops" for the anvil base and never painted or dolled it up. Oh yeh, before building the hammer also built the gas forge its in the upper right corner of first picture (when hammer was lying on its side and again in the second photo sitting on that yellow cart that i weld on).

Its just a scrap cannister linned with ceramic wool refractory fiber. Cannister I found at the scrap yard, cut opening in both ends and mounted a pipe fitting burner mechanism. Use a $5 flea market actelyene welding regulator (these threads also fit propane).


Got the inspiration to build these off the web seaches for propane forge and tire hammer on blacksmithing sites. I did n't have any justifiable need for a power hammer but realized I already had the material so decided to put it to use. The way it moves hot metal its impressive...[hope my garage floor survives].

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Folks,
Here is my Hone from Hell.

Powered by an inverted floor scrubber, the tank was an ordinary water pressure tank with a flip-over carriage made of 1" nylon plate to allow cylinders with torqueplates to be attacked from both ends with a minimum of compression stress.

A stainless salad bowl beneath holds honing oil and a Little Giant hydroponics pump. The Art Deako step was a kitchen table, and the tombstone shroud at the top was cut from a patio table.
The shift knob and foot pad are true billet aluminum that I cut and ran decades ago.
The vertical ram is internally spring-loaded, manually reciprocated by handlebars, what else. The effort involved is how the machine got its name.

And of course, it drives a Sunnen AN honing head.

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Old 11-06-2010, 10:11 AM   #106
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I'm not understanding what's going on here. What am I missing?
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yes, yes, yes...a how-to on this English Wheel would be awesome!
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:42 PM   #108
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ok this is a WERY simple english wheel that i have made a bunch of now,there are no interchangeble dies,instead the dies are standard bearings (SKF) and the frame are standard box tubing,i'm a simple man with simple tools so have some tolerance ;D
all measurments are in millimeter (1inch=25,4mm) so you'll have to get your calculators to change the numbers
frame base,100X50X3-4mm
1= 490mm cut 45'
1= 530mm cut 45'
1= 400mm 90' both ends
weld the 45' bits together to form an L at 90',then weld the 400mm pice on the 530mm at 260mm from underneath the 490mm piece,now you have the base frame

cut a piece of 40X40X4 tubing to 250mm, i choose to do the ends in my lathe to make sure they are perfect,
,drill a 5mm hole 80mm from one end to tap 6mm tread and one 12mm hole 30mm from the other end countersink the edge on the 12mm

cut a piece of 32X32 solid bar to 170mm,

again do the ends on the lathe,

as you can see i have rounded the edges of the solid bar,this in tha lathe to make it fit inside the 40X40,drill one end with a 6mm drill 10mm rom the end and 7mm from the edge,after that drill one 18mm hole in the end of the bar,this for the up and down control of the lower die,

cut a treaded 20mm bar to 230mm and do one end like shown in the pic,outer diameter 18mm ,match the groove to the 6mm hole in the solid 32X32,


from a 90mm long M20 nut cut a a 30mm bit of then drill 3 holes to tread 8mm,

cut 3 pieces of 8mm bar and tread both ends to 8mm,10mm and 15mm long,

fit a 8mm nut to the 15mm end and a plastic knob to the 10mm,you now have 3 of these,

mount them to the 30mm M20 nut to create this,it's the handle for adjusting the lower die
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drill and tap a 6mm hole in a 90mm M20 nut 40mm from one end

match these peices and put them together like this,32X32,treaded bar and M20 nut and slide it in to the 40X40mm

make sure to cut a groove in the end of the treaded 20mm bar or else you cant dismantle the unit later on

put the pieces togehter and line them up like this and tack weld the 20mm nut make sure you can turn it and it don't bind,

remove the treaded bar and weld the nut firmly and grind your welds down (if wanted),i again used the lathe to make this tidy finish to the bit,and here it's assembled again with treded bar and handle,

now it's time to make a simple jig fo make sure the upper and lower dies align,and for this i cut a bit of the 40X40 tube to 250mm,drill a 12mm hole 170mm from one end and cut an acces hole on the opposite side to gain acces to the hole from inside,

put the adjusting bit inside the jig,

cut a piece of 50X10mm flat bar to 100mm and drill and tap a 12mm hole 20mm from the edge

bolt it to the jig with the grease nipple holes in the adjuster facing you and align it to the frame base


if your happy with the alignment weld the adjuster and the 50X10 piece to the frame and grind down your welds (if needed)

now it's time to machine the bits that holds the bearings,one bit 25mmX35mm (widhtXdia) with 2 grooves 3mm from the edge for the locking rings,drill and tap a 6mm hole trouh it



and one bit 35mmX50mm (widthXdia) with a 12mm hole,NO grooves for locking rings yet!!

cut 2 pieces of 40X5mm 55mm long and drill and countersink a 6mm hole 15mm from one end in booth,
mount the lower bearing to the first bit machined and use 2 M6 by 16mm countersunk hexbolt to secure the unit to the 40X5 flat bar pieces,looking like this


fit the upper bearing to the 50mm bit and bolt it to the frame in the treaded hole using a M12X40 hex bolt
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adjust the adjuster so that the lower bearing assembly barely cleares the upper and align it as good as you can,


then spot weld the lower bearing mount to the adjuster

and remowe the bearings,use a scrap piece cut to 25mm to make sure the lower brackets stay in place,weld solid,and grind to desired finnish,now you can measure the upper bearing for the grooves
and machine them

desmantle and paint and refit all components
it shoul look something like this (maybe better)
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this 4 have the later adjuster in the how to

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it might look like it need stiffening but it's sturdy enough to make beaad marks in 1mm steel and then your applying to much force anyway,hope you like it and build your own version and post the result,maybe it will look alot better than mine so we all can learn more

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//janne

Awesome tool/design, thanks!

Have a question. How good a fit do you need between the 32x32 bar and the 40x40x4 tube that it slides into, and how do you get the inside weld seam out of the 40x40? I've taken the seam out of square tube before, but it was a bitch.

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//janne

Awesome tool/design, thanks!

Have a question. How good a fit do you need between the 32x32 bar and the 40x40x4 tube that it slides into, and how do you get the inside weld seam out of the 40x40? I've taken the seam out of square tube before, but it was a bitch.

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i have a wery complex way of dealing with that,,,,,,,, just kidding i use a 2,2 mm or similar cutting disc and make a groove in the 32x32 along it's entire length

when fabing the peices detirmine how you are going to put the 32 in the 40 right away and stick to that i tried to remove the weld first but to no need,the 32 fits firmly enough inside the 40
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i think the groove is slightly visible in one pic
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The eyes aren't what they used to be I guess .

I know I won't find that tubing down at the steel yard here and since we don't make anything in this country anymore I'm afraid to order some anyway, so I'll most likely fit the bar to what ever I find, just wanted to know how nice it should fit more than anything. I remember when we made 4130 in this country and was so accurately drawn it didn't need any machining to correct for size, it was what they said it would be. As you probably know, not any more with the import stuff.
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The eyes aren't what they used to be I guess .

I know I won't find that tubing down at the steel yard here and since we don't make anything in this country anymore I'm afraid to order some anyway, so I'll most likely fit the bar to what ever I find, just wanted to know how nice it should fit more than anything. I remember when we made 4130 in this country and was so accurately drawn it didn't need any machining to correct for size, it was what they said it would be. As you probably know, not any more with the import stuff.
well the less movement in the adjuster the better,there's allways a way of getting it to allmost zero,and if you're buildeing for your own time doesn't matter
good luck with the wheel and post a pic of it when finished,have you Q's i will try and help

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Twisted twister
1/2" to 1-1/4" adjustable for up to 30" of twist, 1/2" cold. Made from iron bar and a old pipe threader.
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low comment ratio i think
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that twisted twister is the shit!!Keep the pics rollin in fellas, this is a cool thread...
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agreed, this thread is awesome, keep em coming.
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30 ton press for bending bout anything!
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I made this welding cart from scraps laying around the garage & also my old homemade bike table (with a dumpster scored tire clamp & a flush mounted jack for easy rear tire removal.


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this 4 have the later adjuster in the how to

any one capable of helping me do a cnc cutting file to make new lower dies for these babies?? i can make a rough drawing in paint with radius and dimensions
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you guys should check out Lindsey publications. They have a lot of books on how to build it...very cool stuff.
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the english wheels you mean?? thoose i have built

but need a more radius lower die to choose from
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For an English wheels I have made I found that the self aligning bearing are aways perfect and from a surplus store most of the time cheap receiver hitch tubing works more than good enough to use for the moving parts as long as everything lines up under tension they work perfect and very predictable.
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Heres my bike stand i just finished tonight for my pan-chop makeover I can work down low anymore without it really hurting . all 3"x 1/4" angle and 1/8" thick tray. super strong
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Sorry man, but ^that^ thing looks like a quick trip to the ER.
HAHAHA I love this thing! ER or not! Anything to save a buck!
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It works very well and will replicate bends easily. I use a high tech method to replicate bends. I mark the hub with a piece of chalk and then bend the next piece to were the chalk mark is. I used a Holden Barina hub which is common as muck here , Blackjack used a Ford Fiesta and I've heard some guys in the USA use Rabbit or Jack Rabbit(memories not so good) hub as well. It's a very flexible design that has at least 12 variants that I know of . It's Low Tech but it works. Here's where to find it.

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For an English wheels I have made I found that the self aligning bearing are aways perfect and from a surplus store most of the time cheap receiver hitch tubing works more than good enough to use for the moving parts as long as everything lines up under tension they work perfect and very predictable.
can you take a real close up on your lower bearing?? mine has standard items as well but i would love to have a more radius to swap between

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The diameter of a self aligning ball bearing is the same as if it was sphere so if the diameter is three inches the radius is 1.5 along the axis so if you want a larger radius get a bigger bearing.
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The diameter of a self aligning ball bearing is the same as if it was sphere so if the diameter is three inches the radius is 1.5 along the axis so if you want a larger radius get a bigger bearing.
sorry i explained like an arse , i meant a smaller tighter radius but the gearings get really small and useless in my opinion then

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great stuff! the best tool i ever made was a bike bench/table out of wood from an old easyriders article 60.00 versus 600.00 for a lift table, ive used my table for 20 yrs. best thing ever! 24" tall x 8' long x 36" wide and a 2x12 for a ramp.
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I got stuck doing some wood work today and needed a way to remove some wood fast so I made a slick out of a piece of an old file a piece of bar stock and a chunk of twisted bar stock and apiece of pipe. spent about ten minutes making this
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Triumph Exhaust spigot tool:
Excuse the ugly welds, I had only a stick welder and old rods at the time. This is based on a harley type footpeg mount, gets those spigots in and out without bending screwdrivers.
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ghetto fork tube holder that works great

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I made this chain tool from needle nose vice grips. I heated and bent the tips, then ground them down. This tool lets you hold a chain under tension which makes sizing a chain and masterlink installation/removal much easier.
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Here is a basic valve spring compressor made from a C clamp and a socket with a window cut into it. It works on Triumph heads, at least. The other tool is a 9/16 deep socket with 2 flats ground into it so you can fit a wrench. This with a thin flat blade screwdriver makes clutch adjustments on Triumphs easy and it's still a good socket.
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A few home made items

Belt sander.


English wheel.


Tube bender


Radius brake for sheet metal.


Torch pattern cutter. I cant take credit for this but it is home made and works great.
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So this is not so much as a workshop tool, more like a workshop tip. I got fed up with having trouble filling up my battery to the correct mark using a funnel. It was too easy to over fill it.

Now what I do is I have a bottle of battery water with a tight fitting tube through the top to the bottom of the bottle. That way I just need to place the other end of the tube in the battery cell and squeeze the bottle to deliver the water till it gets to the max level and then just stop squeezing and it stops immediately. But maybe you guys already do this!

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That furnace fan is cool as hell. My dad has one in his garage, just not with a rad face on it.
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spoke wrench. got tired of busting my knuckles because i didnt have any leaverage

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^ that is so great I just pissed my self laughing. Nice job. I think you should call it a screwenth!

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Old 05-29-2011, 01:16 PM   #147
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This thread is great. Keep em' coming.... I'm not as resourceful as you guys.
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Stole this idea from somewhere....Tubing notcher attachment for lathe:




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Old 06-05-2011, 04:03 AM   #149
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thats great any more pics of it??
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:53 AM   #150
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i build a similar set-up for my lathe yrs back , does the job well



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BBQ fork forged from a 9/16" wrench.
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Quickly made triumph gear puller.... it works.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:18 AM   #153
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Technically a tool, even if it's disposable.

I've seen too many people baffled by setting up ignition timing over the years, playing all sorts of games with measuring piston movement and using specialty timing plugs and crazy schemes.

I find a part that rotates with the crank and do it the easy way. Fuck trying to figure out cryptic timing wheel marks or getting oil in the face.

If you don't have a degree wheel, you can make one in two minutes with a sheet of paper.

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Nice job, I love it when guys can use some basic methods to do something technical like that.

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Old 07-22-2011, 06:56 PM   #155
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Love the screwench, I'm gonna do one up tonight...
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:05 PM   #156
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Wow. That's pretty cool. Almost looks like you could break it down to store it if needed.
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Awright, I'll play.
Not because I'm any good at this, but I thought this was kinda funny:
So, I'm taking apart my '47 WL motor & I get to the lifter blocks. I know enough not to use a screw driver to try to pry 'em out, & all my hammers were out getting calibrated, so I was stuck. I puzzled for a while & came up with this nifty little tool to pull 'em out. Worked like a dream! I was pretty proud of myself - I got 'em out cleanly & didn't even wreck anything expensive!
Imagine my chagrin a few days later when I'm paging through the catalog of a commonly known supplier of vintage H-D stuff & there right before my eyes was a tool exactly like the one I made! Well, OK, the one in the catalog was much nicer than mine & prolly worked much better, but imagine the surprise I felt to see that someone else had thought of this already!
Ah, well, I thought it was kinda funny, me thinkin I was so clever & all...
Speaking of being clever, let's see if I'm clever enough to post a pic...
Hmm, apparently I'm clever enough to attach a pic, but not clever enough to resize it down from ginormous. My apologies, I'll work on that.


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I made this simple tool to be able to remove these after-market rocker box covers, and adjust the valves, without having to take the gas tank or carbs off. Sure, I could have just bought a 30mm wrench, but I had this 30mm socket lying around that I had to modify (destroy) to work on a BMW back in the day anyhow. This simple tool is also much lighter than its store-bought counterpart, so would be better to carry in a tool roll too. And there is enough left of the socket to make two or three more, if need be, since this one will go with the bike to its new owner. When finished, I also zinc-plated it for durability.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:38 PM   #160
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Now that's real pro, not only did you make a tool but you went and got it chromed as well!

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Ha! Thanks Dan. But I didn't chrome it, I just zinc-plated it here in the garage, then gave it a quick polishing.
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Ha! Thanks Dan. But I didn't chrome it, I just zinc-plated it here in the garage, then gave it a quick polishing.
Any details on home zinc plating? I'd like to see how that works!
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Take a look at my build thread (below) on page 11, there's my zinc plate setup there.

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Any details on home zinc plating? I'd like to see how that works!
It's not too bad actually. I got the small kit since hardware is what I end up restoring. It does take some practice though to get good results by adjusting bath temps, brightener, time in, and current. Caswell's is where I got mine. I should have got one a long time ago.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:02 AM   #166
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:09 PM   #167
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portaband into a table band with a footswitch on and off...originally built it to make tattoo machine frames but use it for everything
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portaband into a table band with a footswitch on and off...originally built it to make tattoo machine frames but use it for everything
great idea.

not home-made, but one of the maintenance shops here at work has a frame that mounts a portaband on a pivot turning it into the same as the band saws you cut lengths of pipe/tube/angle iron/etc. it wouldn't take much imagination or work to make something similar if you're lucky enough to own a port-a-band.
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Here is the truing stand I built a few years back. I used 3/4" threaded rod and turned the inside ends down to .500". Then made two different sets of cones, pointed ones for the brit wheels. I turned down the outside ends of the threaded rod, rethreaded, and bought the cast handles from McMaster Carr. I welded up the frame and painted. I use the brass "gauge rods" for the indicators and finish the truing with a magnetic base dial indicator. I put bearings on the top and got a piece of .500" drill stem and use it to static balance tires (or hubs if I'm lightening them). Have about $35 into it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:18 AM   #171
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I took some old handlebars and an F clamp.



Cut about 1 1/2" off the bars and faced the ends...



Milled an inspection slot...



And used them as a valve extraction tool.



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Old 12-23-2011, 08:04 PM   #172
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Could never find a shop stool that was the right height and sturdy enough for my fat ass. So I made one...




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Every shed needs a ponderin' chair.
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It's a fender radius gauge, for measuring the radius of fenders from the inside. Saves on math. It's designed on a computer and cut with a laser that cuts shells for cutting dies. This was my prototype, and is really twice as large as it needs to be. I changed jobs before I got a chance to make a second, smaller one. Note that the '70s FX/XL front fender had a radius of 14 1/4".



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That's slick as all hell.
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M. O. Ther's radius gauge is absolutely slick.

Speaking of radii,
heres the radius-cutting toolpost I just conjured from scraps, so I could cut domed friction washers to fix carbs like on the bike at the top of the page.

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M. O. Ther's radius gauge is absolutely slick.

Speaking of radii,
heres the radius-cutting toolpost I just conjured from scraps, so I could cut domed friction washers to fix carbs like on the bike at the top of the page.

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thats cool,but can you elaborate that for a dumbass swede
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Schebler HX carbs, as would be on the machine at the top of the page, used a domed washer soldered to the throttleshaft and disc to keep it from pulling out.

So I made a lathe toolpost to cut them;
The square hole is for a wrench handle to turn the post through its arc, tensioned by the large nut on its spindle.

When damage to carb bores must be honed away, an oversize washer (and throttledisc) must be custom-cut to fit exactly. The progress of the cut is measured with a dial indicator set to zero within a tube of exact inside diameter.

Conveniently, American carb needle knobs are 1/4"-40tpi, thus one full turn is exactly .025", making minute adjustments of the toolpoint possible.

When the radius is precisely the same as the carb bore, I center-drill for the shaft, and 'part' the washer off of the rod stock.

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aaah cool
and thanx a lot you just gave me an idea how to make the lower dies for my home made english wheel
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for a more radiused lower one for theese
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A new pair of tongs.
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bar to lock clutch hub to assist doing up clutch hub nut
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sorry for the crumby pics, theyre from my phone
a base with the nuts welded on for the benchtop drill press clamp
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I got in a hurry and used rosewood.

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centre drilled and tapped crankshaft nut, made up fitting to mount degree wheel and made up pointer so I can staticly set the timing for the twin points set up I have
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Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do,
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I was reminded of this when reading Fab Kevin's article in "The Horse" about turning front Fatboy wheels into rears. He was starting his tapped holes in the drill press.

This is a tap wrench that fits on to the drill chuck. The allen screw snugs into one of the chuck key's holes. It works pretty good, and insures that the threaded holes are straight and perpendicular to whatever is resting on the drill press table.

I can't take credit for the idea. This was in a book of projects we had to choose from when I took a junior college machine shop course 20+ years ago. We had to complete a project from the book before we could do anything with our own stuff. I figured I'd make something that I could actually use.



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That's pretty great
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I had some time to kill at work and decided to make a tunnel roller for an upcoming gas tank build. I can take my tunnel, throw it in the brake for my 90°'s and everything will be nice and professional looking, not caveman style.
It breaks down and assembles easily. Slide it together and C-clamp it to the bench. I machined some slugs for the rollers, everything else was done with a grinder and a little tig'n. Makes a nice bend. It's pretty self explanatory, just look at the pictures.
I got this idea from Special '79's YouTube channel. Look him up, he's got some great videos posted.






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easy method to strip down master cylinder

use the tail stock to depress the spring

saves having parts fly all around the workshop
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this is my re- bodied harbor freight tube roller. i run a water jet machine at work so it isn't too hard to bring ideas to life quickly.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:38 AM   #192
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Well done! I first thought you got the inspiration from "The Flintstones"
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:32 PM   #193
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:03 PM   #194
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I was reminded of this when reading Fab Kevin's article in "The Horse" about turning front Fatboy wheels into rears. He was starting his tapped holes in the drill press.

This is a tap wrench that fits on to the drill chuck. The allen screw snugs into one of the chuck key's holes. It works pretty good, and insures that the threaded holes are straight and perpendicular to whatever is resting on the drill press table.
I keep meaning to make one of these. I always forget until I need to tap a hole.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:57 PM   #195
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I've made up a puller, case splitter, and a valve spring compressor. That's about it for now





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Old 04-21-2013, 10:05 AM   #196
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This is the socket that I made to hold the top of my dampening rod for rebuilding my Kayaba forks.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:33 PM   #197
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Here's a fun lathe for you guys, 150 HP...Enjoy!!

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Old 05-24-2013, 12:24 AM   #198
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Ghetto valve spring compressor/ drumstick valve lapper lol...
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #199
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Here is a tool that I made to get these vintage starburst caps off, since they always seem to be too close to the gas tank to use a typical large allen wrench.

It is just a 5/16" bolt cut off and welded to a piece steel tubing at a slight offset.



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Old 05-24-2013, 11:38 AM   #200
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There's some great ideas in this thread for sure. Here's a few things I made a couple years back when I was trying to get my shop a little more put together. Nothing special, but they make working in my shop more enjoyable and they get used everyday.

Good sized fabrication table. Perfectly square, 2x2" with 1/8" wall square tubing frame with 1/4" shelves. My welder fits perfectly in the little nook underneath on the cart that I made for it (and no, the little red stool isn't my welding cart!).

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Old 05-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #201
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New cart for my gas welding/torch set up. It's done and painted and being used almost daily now, but I haven't got a picture of it on my photobucket just yet.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:42 AM   #202
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