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After I build a table of plaster to reuse and wedge my clay on, how do I attach a wire to cut the clay? Answered

In the past I've seen plaster tables used to dry and wedge clay on. Most of them have had a metal pipe attached on the corner. At the top of this pipe there is a piano wire. The other end of the wire is attached to the table, so It is strung tightly at an angle. I'm not sure how to attach the pipe to the table and the wire to the pipe. It must be very sturdy. Thanks for your help.

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orksecurity (author)2010-01-25

I seem to remember seeing someone just using a wire attached to 2" rings at both ends, with the motor turned off, to cut a piece free from the wheel. That's certainly simpler, though it doesn't give you a power assist...

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rosylee (author)orksecurity2010-01-26

I am looking for a way to attach a wire to a wedging table, so when I recycle my clay I can cut it, slam it together and wedge the air pockets out of it.
Thanks

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-01-25

It doesn't necessarily have to be a pipe. You could also use a length of 2x4 and some eye screws. Screw an eye screw into the table and attach one end of the wire. Attach another eye screw to your 2x4 at one end and screw the board to your table frame with one screw (so that it can wiggle a bit). Attach the wire to the eye screw as tightly as you are able by hand. Securely screw the 2x4 into the table frame with 2-4 more screws in a triangle or X pattern to stretch the wire and eliminare the wiggling.

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Prfesser (author)2010-01-25

I forgot.... if the leg is not flush with the tabletop so that you can't strap the pipe flat against the leg, just insert a piece of 2x4 or other lumber between pipe and leg, then tighten the hose clamps.

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Prfesser (author)2010-01-25

I haven't seen the table but could you attach the pipe to one leg of the table with hose clamps?

Screw a pipe cap onto the top of the pipe, then wrap the wire under the cap so it can't slide upwards.  Slide the pipe up and down in the hose clamps to get the right height, then clamp it.

If the wire is reasonably stiff you should be able to wrap the wire around the pipe, then wrap the end (several inches) around the long part of the wire.  That's the way that wire is held in my little cheese cutter and it works well.

Hope this helps.

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