rockstar.esq Posted August 22, 2017 Share Posted August 22, 2017 Last weekend I made a slitting punch, a drift, and a square punch for a hinge project I'm gearing up to do. While I was making them, I was struggling to get a decent grip on them with the tongs I had. I got to thinking about a pair of really big hemostats I picked up from a military surplus store. They're 18" long, stainless steel, and probably cost me $4-$5 when I bought them years ago. Anyhow it occurred to me that I could put a couple of bends into one jaw to make a three sided clamp to hold my punches. I accidentally burned about half the jaw off, but there was still plenty of material to bend out and back to center. I heated the other jaw and trimmed it to where it's the same length as the bent jaw. I gave them a try and they work pretty sweet. The hemostats are very light weight, but they clamp firmly. Being fairly long, I can pick up a dropped drift or punch without stooping so much. My punches were about 1/2" round stock, but the hemostat "tongs" will hold up to 3/4" round or octagonal. I suppose they'd hold square shafted tooling better if both jaws were bent, but I don't have any at this point. That being said, I'll be keeping my eye's peeled for more of those honking big hemostats. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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