A Quick Set of Crucible Tongs (Lifter)
Needed to make a pair for an A6, so a few feet of 1/8" X 1" flat stock, scrap 1" 3/4 and some 2 1/4", with some black 1/2" pipe I was able to weld up these in a few hours. Most of the time was spent measuring and determining the width and placements of the rounded side fingers.
They are held together with a 5/16" bolt and some washers for spacer between the sides. I purposely left this a bit loose to allow some play since without any, the units fit very snug to the crucible and you do want to allow for expansion.
All I have left to do is add a chain and hook about 3/4" up the handles so it can be locked while lifting but easily taken off to release the crucible, and a couple larger washers added/welded on top of the handles to prevent your hands sliding off the top of them while lifting- these will probably be 1- 1 1/2".
Just wanted to share these to show off how easy it is to just whip something functional up in a hurry with minimal investment.