The Twister- MK-1
A handy tool that takes up little room, being able to accept other size forms.
And being Simple in design and fast to make:
I only made them because- I could not bring myself, to destroying a perfectly good adjustable shifter, when I could make something that could be, stronger, and take up less room, by being able to be taken down“ when not in use”, as well as having the ability to be a multi tasking tool, for different size Rods, (depending on the gadget made).
And I only seen to twist 8-10-12 mm square, so really
Also where is the fun, in abusing a perfectly good tool, when you can create you very own tool, designed for the job at hand.
The main tool is made from 20mm solid square stock.
The handles, I chose was 20mm ID 5mm thick pipe: each handle being 480 mm long giving me a quite a torque = ease of use. Yes a little overkill, but that is how I work.
The simplicity of the tool enhances its strength, - by being wider in depth to the material being twisted, also having a decent surface area against the material being twisted (being 20mm) and the solid block welded, only on one side, of same size material, that by design has two reasons, one being keeping the block facing away from the person operating the tool, allows less stress on the welds, and no chance of the metal being twisted slipping, and two being you may be twisting in the centre of a project (like s hooks) and cannot slip it on or off, or doing staggered twists.
Also I used short lengths of pipe (which obviously can only be used, were they can be removed easily, being straight, and also they must be a loose fit so they don’t become trapped by the twist), the idea was to set the desired length of the twist require for repartition work, or staggered twists,
I used a 40mm, a 60mm and a 80mm length. (That’s my choice) but I am not limited to those lengths,
The twist showing was a cold twist using the 40mm guide, the twist was on a 8mm square solid bar,
The second tool is made for 12mm square solid,
I will be making a 10mm tool as well. Very soon.
When I make the 10mm twisting tool, I will take pictures of how I build it, to maintain accuracy and ease of welding.
Using no jigs.