My dad has some just like that he made for welding back in the day. Awesome man!krafty said:These are some tools we've made over the years for certain applications. If you break your visegrips, make something cool out of them!
Top left and below it are both flange tools. The top one is actually a combination flange tool and hammerform for one specific part we made. The other one we use to straighten flanges that have been bent or slightly warped in sandblasting.
Top right... well, if you need a bigger jaw, make one!
Bottom left - ever need to weld 2 sections of tube together and have a hard time keeping things lined up? 2 pieces of angle iron set up like this will keep things perfectly aligned. It is set up to leave gaps at the edges so you can get your tack welds in. Tack, rotate, tack, rotate, then it's locked in and you can finish your welds.
Bottom right - this little cage is designed for one purpose, welding in weld-nuts. It keeps the nut clamped perfectly over the hole in the part while the cage allows access for the welder.
Kellyman said:My homemade spring compressor. Saw it somewhere else and was easy to make. Large C-clamp, small cut piece of wood and a magnet. Worked like a charm.
CCRider said:Here's a real simple one. I was replacing the steering bearings in my VF700 and couldn't get enough angle on a punch inside the stem to catch the edge of the old races to drive them out. I found a giant 12" long nail in the garage, cut the point off and ground a sharp edge around the head. The head fit perfectly behind the race to drive it out.