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Beerwolf
05-24-2010, 09:05 PM
Has anyone tried making their own pigtail turner? I am seeing nothing more than a piece of 3/16" dia cold-roll, some hardwood and a couple of pcs of tubing for end ferrels on the handle? Seems like a good excuse to blow the dust off of the old shop-smith anyways.

Ashmont
05-24-2010, 09:13 PM
Has anyone tried making their own pigtail turner? I am seeing nothing more than a piece of 3/16" dia cold-roll, some hardwood and a couple of pcs of tubing for end ferrels on the handle? Seems like a good excuse to blow the dust off of the old shop-smith anyways.


Cowgirl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I see a challenge................ Oh wait for you this is a Friday project. I have no idea what it is but I bet you know?

landarc
05-24-2010, 09:15 PM
I have never made one, but, I have seen some beautiful ones made from wrought iron or steel. The coolest pigtail I have seen was HumboldtSmokes turner.

1_T_Scot
05-24-2010, 09:16 PM
Im interseted how about thick stainless wire?

Beerwolf
05-24-2010, 10:02 PM
Im interseted how about thick stainless wire?

I was thinking Stainless at first ( piano wire) but it seems once it is heated it no longer becomes "stainless" I have a 3' piece of 3/16 cold roll that should make 2 nice ones. Ill grind the taper on it and bend a U first and then the right angle... should be a piece of cake.. I always say that

If it will turn a piece of meat over, it will be a success

rocketmanray
05-25-2010, 07:27 AM
3/16 SS welding rod.... use it all the time for projects.....

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 10:29 AM
Well here it is... Body was 3/16" Cold Roll. I tapered on bench grinder about 2 inches back to a point at the tip. heated to a nice blue with my trusty weed burner, bent a hook in it, re heated and then bend at a 90 degree. Pay attention here, if you don't you will get a "left handed" turner. The handle was some unknown hardwood I had around and a piece of my wine barrel seasoning stock in the middle. I turned it on my trusty Shopsmith and added a couple pieces of copper to the ends from the trusty plumbing department and drilled a hole for rod. Rod was notched with grinder and secured with the miracle JB weld to the handle. I should have had one of these years ago. This is the first time Ive finished a high heat cook with hair still remaining on my knuckles. Ive also noticed that a pair of tongs will tend to slip and take off seasoning as you pick them up... no bueno.

SmokeJumper
05-31-2010, 10:47 AM
That is a piece of art. I love the handle.

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 11:11 AM
That is a piece of art. I love the handle.


I appreciate the feedback... Im almost considering going into production mode on these things after I use mine for a bit and make a couple more to guestimate my costs and time.

BBQ Grail
05-31-2010, 11:16 AM
The handle is great. Love the handle. I believe you'll find you want much less than a 90 degree angle on the bend for optimum performance.

thillin
05-31-2010, 11:23 AM
Nice work. You could have a future in making custom handles for Green Eggs.

cowgirl
05-31-2010, 11:25 AM
Great looking pigtail Beerwolf! Nice job. :-D

Ash...that's all I need.. one more project. :laugh::becky::wink:

Crazy Harry
05-31-2010, 11:36 AM
looks good, I wasn't sure what you meant by pigtail turner

landarc
05-31-2010, 11:56 AM
Nice work, the handle is very well done as well. I can't see the hook clearly, how wide is the gap?

thirdeye
05-31-2010, 12:14 PM
That's cool. I my have to play around with one. I have lots of access to stainless TIG rod.

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 12:23 PM
Nice work, the handle is very well done as well. I can't see the hook clearly, how wide is the gap?


The Gap is probably about 1/2"

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 12:26 PM
That's cool. I my have to play around with one. I have lots of access to stainless TIG rod.

I was debating the stainless route as well.. Wasnt sure about how hard it would be to bend and heat. I am no expert at metalurgy, ( hell I doubt I even spelled it right)

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 12:33 PM
Great looking pigtail Beerwolf! Nice job. :-D

...that's all I need.. one more project. :laugh::becky::wink:

Cowgirl... I say that to myself probably about 5x a day

BBQ Grail
05-31-2010, 12:41 PM
I've used lots and I think this style works the best. Easy release on the meat. Just an opinion...

http://api.ning.com/files/irivckcVPZz1tLrkuPEtTb9wzWIWSN7AzlZAWvhft0yCGNWRVa 5ywfAPRKQ0GyxhVMDzCspDmv6D-1iOQI5eOUKxQSZgpODb/EZHOOKPhotos.jpg

Old Smoke
05-31-2010, 01:15 PM
Hey Beerwolf
Nice looking work. :clap2:
I'm just up the road. Annnnnnnnnnnnd

I could do the testing on future proto types for ya. :-D:-D:-D

EatonHoggBBQ
05-31-2010, 01:15 PM
Being a machinist at the time, I made a pigtail for just about every one in the shop. I used 1/4" stainless, polished round stock. There is no need to heat the tip to bend it, just use a ball peen hammer and form it around a 1/2" piece of round stock or the shank of a 1/2" bolt secured in a vise. For the handles, I just used file handles. Ran a die on the end going into the file handle, put some lok-tite on the threads and screwed it in.

http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/8388/dsc07654y.jpg

1/8" offset in the hook
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/7717/dsc07655.jpg

Long one is 12" tip to handle. Short one is 8" tip to handle.
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/6240/dsc07656s.jpg

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 04:50 PM
Thanks for the input Eaton. I had no idea that Loc-Tite would work with wood. Ive got a bottle of stud and bearing mount that will get put to a good use. Did you thread the handle as well or let the rod make its own threads?

thirdeye
05-31-2010, 08:31 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/welding01/DSC00316a.jpg


Thanks guys for the ideas and tips. I did a quickie prototype in about 15 minutes. But it will work good for testing.

I'll need to spend more time on the taper, I did this one using an angle grinder with the rod spinning in a cordless drill.

Now to decide on handle ideas.

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 08:59 PM
Hmmm... wonder if I have created a new throw-down item?

Beerwolf
05-31-2010, 09:00 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/thirdeye2/welding01/DSC00316a.jpg


Thanks guys for the ideas and tips. I did a quickie prototype in about 15 minutes. But it will work good for testing.

I'll need to spend more time on the taper, I did this one using an angle grinder with the rod spinning in a cordless drill.

Now to decide on handle ideas.



Remember.. you will never have a failure if you can stick it in a piece of meat and turn it over

EatonHoggBBQ
06-01-2010, 06:21 AM
I had no idea that Loc-Tite would work with wood. Did you thread the handle as well or let the rod make its own threads?


The file handles have threaded metal sleeves in them so when you screw a file into it, it threads itself onto the file.
I know the Lok-Tite was a bit unnecessary, but it was there, and it was free, so why not use it.

http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/2777/dsc07665.jpg