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    I am starting to build my first mega tree.
    My Sasquatch tree is on order. I have the Nodes and Strips needed for it.
    After reading a lot of threads and watching a lot of video's, I decided to take the advice a Lot of people have given and Save my hands from all the pain!
    After a little thought I decided I would make use of what I have already.

    1x1 wood board
    1/2" whole bit
    1 Old short 3/8 drive extension
    1 Old 9/16 socket
    a drill, table saw, a drill press, and small vice.

    First I drilled a 3/4 deep hole in the 1x1 on my drill press, then with 3 passes on my table saw with a sharp crosscut blade I cut a space on either side of the hole for the pixel wires.

    Next I cut the wrench end of the 3/8 extension, mounted it in drill press, and placed the 9/16 socket on it.

    I put the wood in my small vice and place it on the drill press.

    After setting the alignment and height, I can now use the drill press to press the strips onto the nodes with almost no effort.
    This also allows me to be a little OCD and make sure all the wires are straight and even from node to node.....

    Hole drilled and slot cut
    Strips 01.JPG Strips 02.JPG

    Inserting nodes into strips.
    Strips 04.JPG

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    And with that 9/16 socket, you can rebuild most any Chevy smallblock engine!

    Nice job!

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    Even though the DIGWDF Store has been closed for almost three years, it's still awesome!
    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    And with that 9/16 socket, you can rebuild most any Chevy smallblock engine!

    Nice job!
    True .............lmao .

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    Made 2 small changes to the Pixel tool (plus a correction to the above post).
    The socket is a 7/16 not a 9/16 and switched to a deep well socket.
    Second thing was I wanted to have Eyelets on the top to help with the strain.

    I took the other end of the cut off extension over to my grinder and gave it a ruff half moon shape.
    Then I mounted the extension in my drill press and used a metal file (while the press was running) to clean it up and round it off.

    Now I have a single tool to push the nodes into the strips and put the eyelets in.
    If anyone has a mill, here is your chance to make a tool to do the same thing and possibly make a few bucks... lol

    Dual Tool 01.JPG Dual Tool 02.JPG Dual Tool 03.JPG

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    I like your thinking! Just so you know, Boscoyo sells a misr clip that works well, too.

    https://boscoyostudio.com/product/misr-clip/
    Last edited by Keith R; 06-02-2022 at 05:43 PM. Reason: Added Link
    That's a feature not a bug.
    There's no charge for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith R View Post
    I like your thinking! Just so you know, Boscoyo sells a misr clip that works well, too.

    https://boscoyostudio.com/product/misr-clip/
    Thanks, I looked at them with my last order with them.
    Decided the eyelets (with my tool) would be easier and I am not going to loose them.

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    The advantage of the MISR clips is that they put the stress of the weight of the string across the whole strap (when applied as originally designed).
    Let us know how the grommets do. Pay particular attention to the hole and how it elongates over time.
    Live, Laugh, Love.

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    EDIT: Weird, I replied to another post and it ended up here.

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    great job for your very first tree!
    Last edited by sorayatroy; 06-29-2022 at 03:14 AM.

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