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1x3-inch forged box-jaw tongs

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I made these today! This is the largest pair of tongs I've ever made to date. 

They are sized for holding 1 x 3-inch flat bar

They are 33-inches long

Rivet is 1/2-inch mild steel

Tongs are forged from 4140 steel

 

These were a challenge but also surprisingly simple. Basically just all the same steps as small tongs, made big. One thing that helped was I did a rough sketch on my layout table of the box-side of the jaw so I had some target dimensions to shoot for. I also laid out the center line, as on these larger ones you want the jaws to overhang the outside edge of the reigns as apposed to being in line. 

 

These were a lot of fun! 

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They certainly do look heavy. Nice and robust. 

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Dave, cool tongs!  How much do the tongs weigh?

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I think that pair ended up about 5 pounds or so. Definitely not your typical, work-at-the-anvil, pair. 

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