How to make Medieval style shackles

for tools you will need:

  1. welder(or other means of fushion)

  2. grinder

  3. cut disc's

  4. flapper disc's

  5. pliers

  6. wire brush

  7. clamp

  8. a vice is always handy too

For materiel you will need

  1. section of 4" tubing

  2. two 1" hinges 

  3. two latches

  4. chain

Step 1: Cutting and Grinding

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Take the pipe and cut a 1" ring out 

using the grinder and flapper disc shine it up

Step 2: Cut

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Cut a single line into the ring,  keep it in the vice as is.

move on to next step

Step 3: Bend It

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using the other piece of the pipe, a hammer and a clamp bend the hinge to the shape of the pipe

Step 4: Welding Time

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Tac Weld in the holes. 

Step 5: Shine It Up

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Using the flapper disc grind your tac welds away smooth. 

Step 6: Add a Latch

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Time to tac weld the latch onto the shackle the same way we did the hinge. 

add ball

a ball and chain

give it to your ball and chain

whatever you'd like

and little pad locks and your set

Step 7: .....

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The big pair I made years and years ago. They are not with us anymore.

Step 8: Make Something

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I used three shackles to replace the little poles that keep my light shade on. To do this I had to weld little hooks on the opposite side of the shackle then the chain. Then connecting through shade. Turn on the lights and you have medieval shackle chandelier .


Tazmjm69 (author)2013-09-05

Nice job!

iOskr (author)2012-04-19

Good work man!!! I want ones for my husband XD

ridiciliculous (author)2012-04-09

Welp, my girlfriend will be happy with my new creation.

Exactly what im thinking ;)

ilpug (author)2012-03-24

Came out pretty good, it is the real thing! Now, why?

Dr.Duckhunt (author)ilpug2012-03-24

so i can lock up a friend if they become a zombie before i do.

ilpug (author)Dr.Duckhunt2012-03-24

ah, good thinking.

Kaiven (author)2012-03-24

How should the latches be locked? With a simple padlock? That's really neat, I like the look!

Dr.Duckhunt (author)Kaiven2012-03-24

yup just little padlocks, there are some pretty intents padlocks such as penny padlocks, some really unique ones

tinker234 (author)2012-03-23

nice job

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