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Homemade Straightening Tool
Steven Troyer, Millersburg, Ohio: "My home-built torch cart rides on 14-in. semi pneumatic wheels and is designed to carry an acetylene tank, hoses, and a cutting torch. But what's unique is the built-in torch accessory box I added on back. It provides an organized way to store different sizes of welding and cutting tips while keeping dirt out. The tips hang from small slots in a horizontal strip and stay put even when I tilt the cart back and wheel it around. "The box's lid hinges at the bottom and is held open by a pair of light chains.
  "This homemade tool is designed to hold large center punches up to 1-in. in diameter. It keeps the operator's fingers safely out of the way when pounding on the punch. A solid metal rod runs through the tool's hollow body up to an opening that's used to hold the punch. Rotating the knurled handle causes the rod to push against the punch and grip it tightly. Punch and chisel holders like this are also commercially available. They save on busted or scraped knuckles. McMaster-Carr sells one for about $33 (ph 630 600-3600; www.mcmaster.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #2