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Where can you get/make cheap forging tongs? Answered

I'm wondering where you can get or make easy tongs for forging. I do not have an arc welder, plasma torch or set of tongs to forge them with. I'm also only 13.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Best Answer 11 years ago

Funnily enough, tongs like those weren't ever made with the benefit of a welder, plasma torch or much of anything apart from a couple of heavy rocks.

Buy some 3/4" x 1/4" flat mild steel bar, and you can do the whole job cold.

Steve

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teckner
teckner

10 years ago

Your only 13?!?!
Why would that matter?
Here, the more intelligent of us (I'm not included, I'm only 15), don't care or discriminate based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.

But spelling and grammar are verrrrrry important. :D

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josh1324
josh1324

Answer 10 years ago

im only thirteen as in i dont have big tool to cut the out of steel or anything like in this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-forging-tongs/

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josh1324
josh1324

Answer 10 years ago

tools*

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teckner
teckner

Answer 10 years ago

Yeah, I got that part. Generally just saying "I'm very poor" will help get the message across.

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Re-design
Re-design

11 years ago

Use a big set of channel lock pliers.  Borrow them if you have to.  You could make a set by using wire to bind together two rods and clamp the rod between them by holding the open ends.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

....or you can do exactly what Re-Design says and use a big pair of cheap channel locks.

<doh>
(moral, read all the answers first)
Steve

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

11 years ago

Could you start out with a cheap pair of fireplace tongs? Perhaps pick up something suitable at a car boot sale?