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Title: Snaking Jig
Author: Bud LaMonica

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Adjustable Snaking Jig
by Bud LaMonica
I made this Jig in 2009, it is adjustable, and my idea was that it would have many applications.
Limited only by our imagination, however, for some of us, that is our limitation. Revisited for your
Top View

Underside View

It is made from 11 pieces of 1” square tubing (1/8” wall) 5” long, all welded side by side. The 11 pieces
of 1” square tubing are welded to 12” long piece of 1” tubing running perpendicular as a base. There is
a 10” piece of 2” angle iron under the base to provide something to clamp to in the vise. There are 11
slide arms which are made from 3/4” square tubing (1/8” wall) 12” long, they fit perfectly within the 11
pieces of 1” tubing, and they slide easily for length adjustment, (from the underside view; You can see
that I have 5/16” nuts welded to the 11 pieces of base 1” tubing with bolts for securing the slide arms).
The 11 pieces of 1” base tubing are drilled to allow the bolts to secure the 3/4” slide arms once you
have them adjusted your desired length.

I have the ends of the 11 slide arms drilled through with 3/8” holes and a 2.5” long 3/8” round bar
inserted and welded on the back side only.
This Jig resembles a Xylophone, or Pan Flute. It also looks kind of like some type of loom for weaving.

All Slide Arms on one side of the Jig

Slide arms Staggered on opposite sides of Jig

Using a pot lid as template to create round shape

Any shape is obtained with the proper template

The Jig is tightened using open end wrench

Vise and Jig are outside because lots of clearance
is needed to scroll long pieces of metal

I keep the bolts which act as set screws fairly close to the end of their travel. It only requires about a ¼
turn to snug them and they don't have to be very tight. Even though I can't see them, I can feel them.

I have place a small hook loop on one end of a 10 foot long 1/4” round bar, from there on it's using the
Oxy/Acetlyene torch the rest of the way

I just wrap the bar as it is heated from one side of the jig to the other, you can see that in the far left, I
have extended the middle slide arm beyond the original round template.

The starting end of this grill had a small hook, which I used to loop over the first peg on the slide arm
where I began, the final end of this grill has a curly loop, it is just for decoration. When the piece is first
removed from the Jig, it suffers a little distortion, and must be flattened back out and tweaked.

I flatten a pot for my touch mark. The piece is finished with spray lacquer after rubbing with Steel wool

The final piece, which is an abstract art form wall hanging grill, seen here

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