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TECH WEEK- Panel Clamps for welding

I noticed some cool little panel clamps people were using to hold body repair panels in place. I know you can get them from Eastwood for $30 for four!!!(http://www.eastwoodco.com/images/us//local/products/detail/p354.jpg but I'm a cheap fucker so I figured I'd make some myself. It was really easy and only took about an hour to make fifteen of them. These things are definitely going to come in handy.
All you need is some 1" square tubing, some 5/16"s bolts and nuts, some thin steel sheet and some nails.

1. Cut the square tubing into sections around an inch long.
2. Drill a 5/16th's hole straight through.
3. Hacksaw through one of the holes going parallel with the opening in the tubing.
4. Cut the heads off of all the bolts.
5. Cut the steel sheet into about 3/4" by 3/4".
6. Punch a hole in one end of the steel sheet.
7. Weld it to the end of the bolt where the head used to be.
8. Cut the head off of the nail, cut the nail in half.
9. Fit it all together and there you go.
I plan to get some wingnuts for them, just haven't had a chance as of yet.




 

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Re: TECH WEEK- Panel Clamps for welding

I tried them with the wingnuts tonight, much easier.
 

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Well, I've only used them for MIG and they work like a champ. You can vary the metal thickness to the size of the metal you're working with to get the proper gap between panels.
 
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