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Homemade and Unique Tools

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Travis, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. TurboBully

    TurboBully XS650 Enthusiast

    I made this little angle/plain finder thinggamajig tool out of some tube and C channel to mount the harbor freight angle finder.

    Its probably been one of the most useful tools ive made!
  2. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That looks sharp jmink.
  3. cros36

    cros36 thread killer

    did you machine the spindle and stay yourself?
  4. I am Carbon

    I am Carbon shade tree mechanic

    I need a trolly almost never. I needed to pull my engine out of the xs. So to save my back. And I don't think I can pull the thing alone anyway so why try in this case.So with 2 6' step ladders,1 piece of teak that my friend gave me,wheel n tire off a wagon, some allthread nuts n washers and a cargo strap. I made a trolly for a chain hoist
  5. voodoo

    voodoo Custom CNC Plasma

    Hey fellas!

    Tech Tip from Voodoo Vintage and Monstercraftsman...

    Fastest way to "re-new" that rust ridden piece of tubing prior to bending, notching, and welding...

    Anyone who's bent tubing knows how bad rust will crap-out a $300 bending die after only a few uses!

    You can sand your tubing by hand: Get carpal tunnel insurance!

    You can use a grinder with a flap disc: As long as you don't mind gouges and waves in the surface!

    You could throw down $800 and get one of these...


    Or... You can modify a simple barrel sander for around five bucks!

    Here's a 1.5" sanding bit from your local tool-in-the-box:


    Notice the rather large washers at the bottom of the above photo. You can purchase these from the same tool-in-the-box or you can fabricate your own by drilling a center hole in some rounded stock. Then, simply mount them on each side of the sanding tool like this:


    Guess where it goes next... That's right Einstein! In the drill!


    And here's the star of the show! Our length of 1-1/8" DOM that's rusted enough to make a rat-rodder proud!


    Up close:


    What we show next is a 1" x 30" oxide sanding belt you can pick up from the previously mentioned tool-in-the-box. Be sure to turn it INSIDE-OUT! INSIDE-OUT! INSIDE-OUT!


    Position the belt over your fancy new tube sander like this...


    And then loop it over your tubing like this...


    Be sure to keep a decent amount of resistance on the belt as you work it back and forth over the tubing and keep your drill parallel so that the sanding belt rides in the middle of your fancy new tool.

    Rotate your drill over and under the tubing sanding the back, top, and bottom. Repeat the process on the other side making a complete pass over the tubing surface.


    Another TIP: Have a full charge on your drill. Or better yet... Use a corded power drill like I did after my battery crapped out...


    And this is what our shiny new tube sanding tool will produce...


    Again... Here's a comparison between our clean DOM and our RUSTY $10/foot DOM tubing as supplied by our local materials depot. (Hey $&@#$#, Thanks for the quality finish by the way!...)


    We are in the process of developing an actual billet steel bit that fits in your 4-1/2" angle grinder. It will be based on the same theory. Stay tuned to Monstercraftsman and Voodoo Vintage for details!!!
  6. TurboBully

    TurboBully XS650 Enthusiast

    That is a slick idea!:thumbsup:
  7. voodoo

    voodoo Custom CNC Plasma

    Beats the hell out of $800 for a freakin' commercial tubing sander... :wtf:
  8. bobadame

    bobadame XS650 Addict

    Over the week end I made this rolling work bench to work on my project.

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  9. Aussie 650

    Aussie 650 Budget Bobber Builder

    This might sound dumb but a mate of mine ripped apart his kids pretend lawn mower ( the real F'ing loud ones ) and stuck magnet strips to the bottom of it. Runs it over his floor before he sweeps up. Cracks me up every time I see it but it comes in handy for ball bearings and small nuts/washers that go rolling!
  10. jmink427

    jmink427 XS650 Junkie

    Yes, I made all of it.... It works great, it is a lot more rigid than some of the low end ones you can buy..... I just used some 1" shaft for the spindle and used some UHMW for the spindle "bearing" or bushing....
  11. jmink427

    jmink427 XS650 Junkie

    Plastic 55 gallon bung tool... I need this for my drums of E85 for the Impala...


    I made this so I can use a ratchet to turn the engine over in the Impala to run the valves...

  12. jmink427

    jmink427 XS650 Junkie

    I made this for cutting arcs or circles with a plasma cutter...

  13. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy Top Contributor

    S.W. MO

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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  14. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Steering stem nut spanners, I got tired of mashing the nut with punches.
    Made with scrap steel and an angle grinder. The "extra tooth" to fit a second notch is overkill and not really needed but having two wrenches so you can tighten the nuts against each other is worth it.

    Stem nut spanners.jpg
    That second one was the bar from a garage door opener, the curve was awesome!

    Not really a tool but a great way to remove fork seals. The white chunk is just some scrap aluminum so the tube doesn't get dented. this makes the seals practically fall out! Much easier with the iron clamped in the vice. You could grind a chunk of steel to do this if you don't have a tire iron.
    fork seal removal.jpg
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  15. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    I take it all back. Your not lazy!
  16. glennpm

    glennpm Another Old Biker Nut!


    I made this tool today to hold my clutch basket while I re-torqued. No problem getting stuff apart with my impact wrench :laugh: I wished I had some old clutch disks since that would be easier but no such luck :(

    Bought some rebar at Home Depot this morning and cut two 5 1/2" pieces, a 10" and a couple of pieces of angle iron from a section of bed frame that I've been nibbling on for a long time. After fitting it up, trimming the angle iron bits and holding it all flat on a plate with clamps this is what I have. Good and solid and pleased with how it came out.


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  17. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Way to go Glenn! Sorry about not having any extra disks.
  18. Hows that carb sync tool work and how can I make one! ?

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