Porterboy
Made one set from 1/2 round stock and one pair from flat stock Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160320_184800.jpg, Views: 63, Size: 2.60 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160320_192248.jpg, Views: 64, Size: 2.06 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160320_192147.jpg, Views: 53, Size: 2.26 MB
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jmccustomknives
Nice set.  A lot better than my first tongs. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
Nice job. I tried 1" square stock for my first pair. Wish I knew to start with 1/2inch round stock. A lot less hammering. Keep it up.
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Porterboy
Thanks hank and jmc no more vice grips for lol
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
I prefer 5/8" square for mine. Allows for more sizes of tongs.
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Porterboy
Yeah stars im streching out 5/8 round now then if u need a thicker hidge plate u have material without upsetting smaller bar ill have to try 5/8 square on next set thanks for tip plus lets me work on hammer skills
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NorrinRadd
looks good!
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Dustin Stephens
Very nice set of tongs, I have yet to get up enough gumption to try my hand at those.  One day, one day.  I like the hat too
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Porterboy
Thanks dustin if u stsrt with 1/2 inch bar put jaws and rivet good way to Start im working streching a 8 inch pc of 5/8 out to 22 inch work in progress.. The hat lol im a weirdo fits rite in blacksmithing i guess lol.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Flatcaps for the win! I've got a nice black one I wear when I forge.

Anyhows. . . For a lot of beginners who find railroad spikes as an easy source of metal, you can make a decent pair of tongs from those as well; it just takes some drawing out.
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Porterboy
Cool stars im not the only one lol.. Good tip on rr spike nice use of material
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