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TOM: Tweezers to hold round parts

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This issue’s T.O.M. is just about as helpful as you can get. Our friend Rich Williams has come up with a simple and inexpensive way to securely hold round rod and tubing. As you’ll see, Rich made the crucial part using a hobby lathe, but this can also be done with a drill. Here’s Rich to tell us how he did it:

“Every time I have to glue or hold a round piece of anything, I have a terrible time with normal tweezers. I decided to make a special pair of tweezers that would hold round shapes.

“I started with tweezers with wide, flat ends: not the kind with a point. I drilled a small hole in one side of the tweezers, then made a V-shaped block with a smaller diameter at the other end that fit into the drilled hole. When the block was placed in the hole, I carefully peened over the end to hold the piece in place, but which allowed it to rotate freely.”

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