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    BobL is online now Member: Blue and white apron brigade
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    Default How to tightly hold a bundle of small steel rods

    Im making another pair of these hand carders for SQMBO.
    These ones are made from 2mm regular steel TIG welding rods
    IMG_4685.jpg

    This time I'm using 3mm TSS rods.
    Cutting 48 equal length rods is pretty monotonous. They don't need to be a specific length but they should all be the same, so I rough cut them on my thin kerf abrasive table saw and was looking for a way to hold a bundle together to hold them all even at one end so's I could sanded the other end all to the same length.
    Tried zip ties - SS was too slippery, Then I tried using a collet in a collect chuck/block.
    Get the all levelled up like this

    colletEnd.JPG

    And grind the other end on a disc sander like this.
    You'll notice one is still short - that's just a spare to help the others sit tight in the collet - its not going to be used in the final pieces.
    groundend.JPG

    Now have to sharpen one end, bend the sharpened tips, and make up some handles.
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