$200 Double Your Money Winner: Versatile Welding Vise
Delaine “Bull” Turnbull
Welding together two pieces of odd-shaped iron is a challenge because it’s hard to hold them at just the right height and angle. To solve the problem, I built a vise using three 3"-long, 1¼"-thin wall square tubing. I drilled a hole on one side of each piece of tubing so a 3⁄8" bolt can fit through. Then, I welded a 3⁄8" nut over the hole. To make a set screw handle, I welded a 18"-long, 1" pipe horizontally on the top of the 3⁄8" bolt. Then, I welded two of the square tubing pieces to the ends of two 18"-long, 1" pipes. I welded the third square tubing to the underside of the workbench, along with a flat piece of strap iron on the end to keep what I’m welding level. I insert pipes into the square tubing and slide them into place to hold the flat iron at the angle or height I need. I use a traditional vice to hold my other piece of iron.
“Bull” Turnbull, as he likes to be called, came back to the farm after serving in the Korean War. For 43 years, he raised wheat, milo and cattle before retiring and moving to town. His welding vise comes in handy because it can hold several types of materials to be welded at any angle and then be removed or folded under the welding table when not in use.
Gathering Chain Tool Holder
After we replaced our combine gathering chains, we decided to repurpose the used chains for a new storage option. We were looking for a way to get our heavy air tools out of a toolbox, and the old chains were just right to hang by our workbench. With a grinder, I notched grooves in each finger of the gathering chain, except for the narrowest part of the quick couplers. Now the air tools can be easily oiled in the storage position without making a mess in the toolbox drawer.
Rock and Storage Tractor Box
I designed and built a rock/storage box that attaches to the front weight bracket on my new tractor. It’s made of expanded metal and matches the shape of the front weights to look like a factory option. A small piece of 2x2 tubing is welded in the corner to hold a pry bar and chain hook. It cost me less than $100 to build the box.
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What You Win
- All winners receive a hat, check and die-cast metal replica (1⁄16th scale) John Deere 8370R tractor, part of the collector’s edition Prestige line from Ertl, and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb.
- The Double Your Money winner also receives $200 and is featured on “AgriTalk” radio.
- All other winners receive $100.