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First pair of bolt tongs

J.P. Hall

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Been meaning to try these for quite a while-- drawn out from 3/8x1" and sized for 1/2" square. They were originally just a proof of concept, so I didn't do any measuring or layout and it shows in their lopsidedness.

I tried learning from mistakes I've made with flat and V-bit tongs, namely keeping the boss, jaws, and rivet nice and beefy. This is also the first time I've tapered the reins, which I like because it keeps any inevitable flex away from areas with more structural importance or risk of failure. Definitely some room for improvement but overall I'm pretty happy with how they turned out and they grip much better than my older tongs.


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