TIG Spool rack

To fulfill my Clever Quota for the week...
I have been trying to figure out how to use spoolgun spools for short
pieces of small diameter wire for TIG welding.
After buying a real wire straightener off of eBay I finally figured it
out.
The photo Album is here
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The wire guides are 1/2" bolts with 10-32 nuts TIG brazed off center.
A 1/4" x 10-32 screw is loctited into the nut.
You rotate each guide to adjust the amount of deflection you need to
end up with a straight wire.
The final guide is a short piece of 3/8" square stock with a 1/16" hole
in it.
The eye screw keeps the wire feeding into the guides.
The spool itself is kept from free spinning by tensioning the axle bolt
with a nylock nut against a lock washer.
There is also a nylon washer between the the spool and the wood to
reduce friction.
My rack has 5 spools.
0.035" 4043 Aluminum
0.047" 4043 Aluminum
0.035" Silicon Bronze
0.024" 308L SS
0.024" ER70S-2 steel
This will go on top of my TIG machine.
Just grab the end of the wire with pliers and pull out a short piece,
snip and there you have it.
Let me know if the album is not accessible.
Reply to
Ernie Leimkuhler
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Sounds cool, Ernie! My "membership is pending" so I won't be able to see your pictures as soon as I'd like.
--Winston
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Winston
OK, I'm in! Very nifty. I also wonder if it would benefit from a belt pulley on each screw to protect the wire.
(Elegance, Creeping) Also consider a ground lathe bit in a piece of square tube driven by a solenoid for automatic 'wire snipping' action!
--Winston
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Winston
Could you possibly post to the metalworking dropbox so we don't have to deal with the yahoo crap?
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Pete C.
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Good idea.
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--Winston
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Winston
I didn't think the dropbox was still operational.
The files are now at the dropbox under the filename; TIG spool rack
Reply to
Ernie Leimkuhler
It's still operational, I believe it was just moved to the mwdropbox.com domain so that the presumably valuable metalworking.com domain could be sold.
Thanks!
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Pete C.
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Thanks, Ernie!
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--Winston
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Winston
I seem to recall it shut down - but maybe not or it came alive. It was hosted by a company. A small one. Now maybe independent.
Hum.
Martin
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Martin Eastburn

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