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setting tongs

Francis Trez Cole

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Here is the method I use for setting the reins on the tongs I make. This way they are all the same and use the same tong clip. First I get the tongs to the shape I need then I have welded 3 pieces of 1" tube steel together next I slide them on the end of the reins. once the jaws are heated I place the piece of stock I want to set the tongs to handle and hammer the jaws around the stock. This give me a nice distance for when I am holding stock. ware a glove while hammering it is easy to pinch your hand when you hit the jaws to shape.


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