Introduction: Wire Clamp Tool
This is a great tool for making pipe clamps from wire.
The claps made with it are low profile and no snag.
Step 1: How I Made It -1
The parts I used.
1. 5" length of 1/2" copper pipe
2. 2 of 1/2" copper end caps.
3. 5" x 1/2" spring. ( I just stretched the spring to get the correct length ).
4. 5" x 3/8" threaded rod. ( look in the electrical conduit section of the hardware store its cheaper ).
5. 5/16" x 1" bolt.
6. 3/8" wing nut.
7. 2 of 5/16" nuts.
8. Old o-ring.
9. 2 of 1/8" x 1 1/4" roll pins.
10. 1of flat washer with 3/8" hole and 1 of spring washer with 3/8" hole and 1/2" diameter.
To Make the tip I took the 5/16" x 1" bolt and clamped the bolt head in a hand drill. I spun it in a counter direction on to a rotating belt sander to get the taper. The notch I made with a small round file. Using a press drill I drilled a1/8" hole just under the bolt head.
The end caps I drilled a 5/16" hole in the center of both and a 1/8" hole on the sides of one cap.
On the 1/2" copper pipe I cut 1/8" x 3 5/8" slot on both sides using a rotary disc cutter. I put the end cap with the side 1/8" holes on the pipe an marked then removed and drilled the holes in the pipe.
To assemble the tip I put the 5/16" bolt tip in the pipe and then the end cap over aligning all the 1/8' holes, then driving the 1/8" roll pin through with a hammer.
Step 2: How I Made It - 2
Next I took the 5" x 3/8" threaded rod and drilled a 1/8" hole at the one end.
I drilled out 3/8" holes in the two 5/16" nuts ( I use them as centering spacers ).
To assemble place the o-ring on the threaded rod end with the 1/8" hole in it. Next the two 3/8" spacer nuts. Placed the the rod with the nut in the pipe and drive the 1/8" roll pin through the slot and rod. next put the spring in the pipe around the rod.
Step 3: How I Made It - 3
I took the spring washer and twisted it to make a flat washer that fits inside the end cap and put this over the pipe.
Next the flat washer and then the wing nut on the rod.