Cable Welding Jig
A forum user (who goes by "Sherweld") posted directions on the Ornamental Turners International forum for a jig that makes it much easier to weld the cable into a continuous loop. The picture to the right shows the ends being held in this jig, and are shown just before they were melted and joined. Melting the ends to join them is done using a soldering iron.
I made one of these jigs from a scrap piece of walnut and parts I bought at the local hardware store. The metal parts cost less than $10.
I've used this a number of times, and it has never failed me.
Some alternate approaches are in the articles noted below.
Additional pictures of this device
- A Welding Jig for Rose Engine Belting by Fred Holder. Rose Engine News, Volume 7, No. 2, Fall-Winter, 2016-7, pg, 21.
- Welding Round Belting by John Tarpley. Rose Engine News, Volume 7, No. 2, Fall-Winter, 2016-7, pg, 21.
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