Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

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Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by trucks1948 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:56 pm

How do you hold down small pieces of metal for cutting on your table?Thanks Jim

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by Dawgonhawg » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:15 pm

Tack weld to the slats.

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by WSS » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:28 pm

DO NOT weld on the table! If you have to, disconnect the motors and make sure no power is going to the table and that your grounds are very stable.

You can use a short piece of angle iron and two visegrips (small C types), clamp one to the slat and the other to the piece. Be careful to make sure the gantry will cross over and that the torch will miss the vise grips. A break-away like the one possumplasma has is helpful.

WSS

Edit: I am not sure about other systems, but the smart motors used by DynaTorch have a microproscesor with driver software loaded on the motor and are very sensitive to voltage going through them.
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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by Dawgonhawg » Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:41 pm

Jim, thank you for the info. I never thought about the issues of welding to the table.

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by trucks1948 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:19 pm

Dawgonhawg, It wasn't me but i appreciate the advise too .jim

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by WSS » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:25 pm

I noticed I had the visegrip affair set-up yesterday and took a quick piccie.....

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by Eagle Mtn Metal Works » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:51 pm

Just DON'T hit it with the torch when your talking to your buddy. :lol:


Tom I tryed to call you ????? Did You Pay your phone bill? :lol: :lol:
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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by WSS » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:27 am

Rod,

LOL!!!

Just takes a moment hey?

I have a mil. spec. phone that can withstand 30 feet of sea water and some amazing amount of Gs as well as dust proof.

Things not to do with it:
1) hand it to a three year old.
2) expose it to EMF, RF, HF (welders)

It has been just flat shutting off randomly, especially when I try to answer it.

I'll call you Manana

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by hinesigns » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:33 pm

These clips can be kept loose or welded to the side of the vicegrip. You can make several sizes if required. These are about 2" x 1.5" with a 1" cutout. have about 20 of them sitting in on the inside edhe of the table. Yes you can drop a few now & again.
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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by trucks1948 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:51 am

Thats what i love about this site,everyones got a different idea on how to do something.It's great having so much help when you need an idea.Thanks everyone.jim

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by steelfx » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:42 pm

I would've thought of that....eventually! (okay, maybe not!) what a cool idea. i won't even say
how i've done it up 'til now...hint: very podunk!

thanks!!

bw

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by trucks1948 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:51 pm

ya i know sure looks better than my brake rotors too. :lol:

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Re: Holding small pieces of metal on your table?

Post by bignoles » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:58 pm

WOW, that is easily one of the handiest and simplest ways of holding down material ever!
-shear some flat bar
-notch in the ironworker
TADA, I now have 10 new hold down ears
Thanks Hinesigns!

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