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aldenmiller
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:06 am    Post subject: How I made a hole burning guide Reply with quote

I saw this tool in the tips and tricks post and had to make one. I wanted 1/8" holes so I picked up fender washers with that size hole in them. I have welder so that was how I was attaching them to the inexpensive vise grips I bought. I was a little perplexed at first on how to keep the washers aligned but not weld them together. Here's what I did.

I welded the first washer on after clamping a 1/4" piece of MDF and the washer into the pliers. Then I took a second piece of MDF that I had drilled a 1/8" hole in and sandwiched it between the welded washer and the unwelded washer. I used a drill bit to line the holes up.


Here's the welded washer (sorry about the ugly welds, my mask was DOA so I shut my eyes and turned my head).


This tool is great, I mark where I want the hole, clamp the fabric in the tool with the mark in the center and melt everything in the hole away (I use a heated nail).


It makes nice neat round holes right where I want them.


Thanks go to Jeepster, Kiteguy, and Airhead for the idea!

-Alden
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing, Alden. Great tool. I have found that Epoxy Glue holds the washer in place and not soldering fumes. Wink

My tool has been doing fine for several years now, so guess the glue works. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alden, I like the design. What I really like is that when the two washers come together you melt the material and there is no bulge of material left on either surface. The hole is clean and flat.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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sorry about the ugly welds, my mask was DOA so I shut my eyes and turned my head




I don't know why I found that to be so funny, but thank for the good laugh this morning.

Neat idea.

Darryl
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DarrylW wrote:

I don't know why I found that to be so funny,


Funny because you have probably done it too - I know I have...


Thanks Alden for documenting with pictures the ideas you are bringing home from the workshops. Somehow the picture will make it stick in my head for the future better than a text description.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, been there and done grapes like that. And for the same reason. LOL

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanx for posting the pictures Alden. Like Reynolds the pictures seem to be easier for me to recall. Good job Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't take credit for the idea just the pictures.

I would have used epoxy or JB weld but since I have a welder I figured I'd put it to use.

One thing I found out though, if you mark your holes in the wrong place this will allow you to put a nice neat hole where you didn't want it...


-Alden
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aldenmiller wrote:
I won't take credit for the idea just the pictures.

I would have used epoxy or JB weld but since I have a welder I figured I'd put it to use.

One thing I found out though, if you mark your holes in the wrong place this will allow you to put a nice neat hole where you didn't want it...


-Alden


I think I may have been the ones to post the original photo. I won one at a MAKR auction. I am pretty sure that it was donated by Team Larkey, ( Airhead.) They are ge\reat and the washers do act like a heat sink. You end up with nice neat round holes. Very Happy Very Happy

Found the photo Very Happy Very Happy



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a neat tool!!!

I think your welding looks 100% better than mine as I cannot weld. I need to learn someday.

I never thought that welding would be required to build kites, but I stand corrected.
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