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DYI Flash bracket for Wimberley Side Kick

 
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Oct 05, 2013 12:48 |  #1

DIYFlash bracket for Wimberley Side Kick

I did not want to spend $150+ for a Wimberly bracket.

Materials required:

Hejnar Photo 1 inch ARCA Swiss clamp (Ebay $27.00)

3/16" X 1" X 12" Aluminum Bar Stock (ebay .99 +$5.00 Shipping)
Cut 3/16" X 1" X 5"
Cut 3/16" X 1" X 6.25"
Cut 3/16" X 1" X 1.5"

1/4 20 SS cap screw with lock nut and washer to hold Hejnar Photo 1 inch ARCA Swiss clamp
1/4 20 SS cap screw with lock washer to hold flash cord socket to bracket

Directions: Cut 3/16" X 1" bar stock to size.

Find welding shop in Yellow pages (welding should be $15.00 at most) I lucked out and got it at N/C.

Drill hole, paint, bolt together.

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Oct 05, 2013 13:16 |  #2

This is a nice money saver, and simple DIY.

I have a question though, exactly what got welded? Is the 90 degree done in two pieces?

Alternatively, with a good vice, one could heat the joint and hammer a good 90 degree angle in one piece, saving the need for the one relatively complex step of welding.
(EDIT, I think we need a close up of the 90 degree, I missed the brace in there even after looking a few times)

One other alternative would be to in addition to installing your bolt through the Arca clamp into the bar stock, another smaller hole coming from the bar side, and only partially into the Arca clamp, with a sheet metal "set screw" installed would provide ample anti twist.


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CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #16348213 (external link)
This is a nice money saver, and simple DIY.

I have a question though, exactly what got welded? Is the 90 degree done in two pieces?

That's what it looks like to me. There is a support piece as well.


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Oct 05, 2013 13:32 |  #4

Ah, new pic and it's plain to see! thanks, much more substantial then a simple bend!
Very cool.


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Oct 05, 2013 13:34 |  #5

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #16348213 (external link)
This is a nice money saver, and simple DIY.

I have a question though, exactly what got welded? Is the 90 degree done in two pieces?

Alternatively, with a good vice, one could heat the joint and hammer a good 90 degree angle in one piece, saving the need for the one relatively complex step of welding.
(EDIT, I think we need a close up of the 90 degree, I missed the brace in there even after looking a few times)

One other alternative would be to in addition to installing your bolt through the Arca clamp into the bar stock, another smaller hole coming from the bar side, and only partially into the Arca clamp, with a sheet metal "set screw" installed would provide ample anti twist.

Hind sight is 20/20. If I had it to do again I would try a heated bend at 90 degrees. I actually did drill and tap a 1/4 20 SS set screw but the Hejnar Photo is case hardened and the set screw would not cut in for a bite. All it did was push the clamp out and did nothing for the twist. I solved the twist with 3M VHB mastic, that's what you see oozing out a little.


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Oct 05, 2013 13:45 |  #6

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #16348250 (external link)
Ah, new pic and it's plain to see! thanks, much more substantial then a simple bend!
Very cool.

It won't ever let go, that's fore sure. Pretty solid work.


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Oct 05, 2013 20:12 |  #7

If you're certain of the application and location of the anti twist feature, do this:
1. Using the Pilot Hole Drill bit for the 1/4-20 thread, continue to drill just a little into the bracket you are mounting.
2. Tap the first hole as you have already done.
3. Now just let the set screw bite into the drilled spot on the clamp you are mounting. I do this trick quite a bit.


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Oct 05, 2013 20:17 |  #8

To avoid welding, you could use 1" x1/4" Aluminum Flat bar from you local hardware store and make a very gradual bend for that corner. Too sharp of a bend and the Aluminum will crack/break. Especially if it is the typical "Aircraft Grade" 6061-T6 that is so popular (and good!) for structural strength.

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Oct 05, 2013 22:43 |  #9

CanonCameraFan wrote in post #16348887 (external link)
If you're certain of the application and location of the anti twist feature, do this:
1. Using the Pilot Hole Drill bit for the 1/4-20 thread, continue to drill just a little into the bracket you are mounting.
2. Tap the first hole as you have already done.
3. Now just let the set screw bite into the drilled spot on the clamp you are mounting. I do this trick quite a bit.

Great idea, for next version. I like DIY projects too, plus I saved a lot money. This winter I may redo it based on the suggestions.. I was also thinking of rolling the bracket instead doing the sharp 90 degree.


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