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I ordered a set of High Speed Steel 8-32 taps and the corresponding #29 drill bits. I decided to build another bender and ground one side of the nut flat, in order to give myself a better area to drill and tap for the 8-32 x 1/2" hex drive, socket head cap screw. I was able to drill and tap the nut much easier, with the flat ground nut face. I did have to modify the space between the pins in the bolt, by grinding away a little bit of the inside of pins. This made small flats between the pins and allowed the .062 Tig wire to just fit, in between the pins. I wasn't sure if this would effect the outcome of the clips, but it did not effect the final product at all. I used a wrench to test it out and bend a few clips. I did not weld the handle on yet, because I wanted to drill and tap the hole in the nut first. I was afraid that welding the handle on before drilling and tapping might harden the steel and make it harder to tap the hole. If anyone builds one of these tools, I would suggest flattening one face of the nut, then drill and tap the hole from this face side before welding. I would also suggest not welding the handle on, while the 8-32 screw is in the hole. I'm not sure if the welding would cause harm to the screw or not, so I suggest you just don't do it. I will be plugging the 8-32 threaded hole while welding on the handle, in order to keep out any possible weld spatter. Sorry for the rambling. Here are a few photos of it, as it stands so far.


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No problem and if you want the lengths for the various clips I can give them to you, or I can just post them with pictures here. These Fastlinks are made with a 2.75" long piece of .062" diameter Tig wire. The last three pictures for these Fastlinks are posted in the next comment. It will only let me post 10 photos at a time. Good luck with your build and tight lines to you sir.

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Looks like a very genious tool. I am a newbie on these clips. What do you use these clips for? Have seen them off and on lately but never quite got around to asking or ever seen these in use.
 

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Looks like a very genious tool. I am a newbie on these clips. What do you use these clips for? Have seen them off and on lately but never quite got around to asking or ever seen these in use.
These clips can be used for various rigs. Europeans make and use the Fastlink with bait clip, to cast baits and keep them from helicoptering. The rig is held together in one bunch until it hits the water. You can also make what they call a Pulley rig, to reel in your fish without your sinker dragging on the bottom. I will post a few peoples videos, to give you an idea of what I am talking about. They also make what they call, an Impact clip or Breakaway IMP. I make those myself also. I make mine from a basic clip with a pivoting impact hook release added. I just use heat shrink tubing to cover the bottom circle bend of the pivoting hook release, for when it splashes down. I will post pictures below, so you might better understand what I am trying to say.





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Been watching this since the first post. Love it but afraid it's way over my head! Those are really nice looking clips!
There is really nothing to it. If you can't make the tool yourself, there are plenty of weld shops around. You could probably even have this built for you at a trade school. I spent my senior year in high school at our local career center (trade school) and took welding. I wish I would have went for the two year course. I did get to learn a lot of different welding teckniques in only the one year that I attended. The students get credit for builds and it gives them something different to do, other than just laying beads all day. You could probably have several of these made very inexpensively.
 

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This was super. should try that myself but afraid I'd be in over my head. Looks like your doint that with paper clips?
It's not paper clips, although I actually could make those too. I made those from 1/16" diameter 308 and 316 stainless steel Tig wire. You can buy it from the weld shop in 3 foot lengths. You can make tons of stuff with it, and you can get about 13 clips from each Tig rod. I was getting Tig rods for $10 per pound. I just seen some Tig rods online for $20 per pound. Even at that price, you can make approximately 390 clips for $20. Not bad, considering that I saw the clips on Amazon $12.99 for 30 clips. It silver solders really nicely also. I also made some rings for slide-bait fishing rigs, from 1/8" Tig wire. I made a tool for that also. It's on another post.
 

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Discussion Starter · #33 ·
Hi I鈥檓 in UK 馃嚞馃嚙 and I鈥檓 in love with this tool, I just like to ask a question how much you sale one tool like this and be send to UK . Many thanks 馃槉 TOP TOP TOOL
I really don't sell any of the things I make, except to co-workers. I wish I could. I don't have the equipment to make things in any real amount. You could probably have a machine shop build one of these for you. I haven't ordered anything from the UK in quite awhile, but I suspect the shipping is astronomical now. Here is the original video on how to build one.
 

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Here is another video from the same guy. I never watched it before, I just saw the first video with the 4 pin bender. I might have to make another bolt with just the 2 pins. the nut and handle can be used with either one. That's for a later project, right now I'm working on modifications for a Harbor Freight 30" metal brake. I will be using this to bend my cage material for making my bait traps. It should make it a lot easier than bending it over 2x4's or the edge of a table. This will give me repeatability. Sorry for carrying on.

 

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Man, you are sooo handy at making tools with everyday stuff! My father-in-law was talented like that too. He could look at something I thought was junk, and he鈥檇 make a useful item out of it. Way beyond my capabilities!

I do have a quick question for you; when threading the nut on the bolt, it鈥檚 鈥渞ighty-tighty鈥 鈥渓efty-loosie鈥...right?
 

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Man, you are sooo handy at making tools with everyday stuff! My father-in-law was talented like that too. He could look at something I thought was junk, and he鈥檇 make a useful item out of it. Way beyond my capabilities!

I do have a quick question for you; when threading the nut on the bolt, it鈥檚 鈥渞ighty-tighty鈥 鈥渓efty-loosie鈥...right?
Yes, righty-tighty, lefty-loosie. These can be made with nuts and bolts, but I have also been thinking about a way to make them with round bar and tubing. I will have to draw up one of these designs and see if it works as I believe it will. Maybe even draw one made from round bar and a nut, with the threads drilled out of the nut. I can never leave, well enough alone. My mind is constantly racing.
 

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I really wish I had a small metal lathe. I have been looking at one for a while now. I have made my own theaded pins for an AR-15 build, then drilled and tapped my lower, to thread the holes, to accept the threaded pins. The pins were made from socket head grub screws. I turned the screws with a drill and filed the extra threads off, with a small file. I checked the pin size as I went, with my micrometer. You can buy stuff, but I love to build things myself.
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