Homemade small pan gripper

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  1. Twoberth

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    !3mm and 10mm aluminium channel on sale at my local hardware store, £3 a metre.

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    Being 1.2mm thick, they are quite sturdy and nest nicely inside each other making them ideal for homemade small pan grippers.

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    So, cutting a 5mm slot 5mm from the end of the thinner channel and drilling a 3mm hole near the end of the larger channel, with a small amount of filing I get a nice fit on the rims of some stainless steel pans I have with no handles. Then cutting a recess in the top of the larger channel so that the channels can pivot, and drilling a 3mm hole through both channels for a pivot bar, the gripper is complete.

    Here it is before cleaning the edges.

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    Fits the pans perfectly and drops inside the smallest pan for storage.

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    Also can be made to fit Globetrotter pans and should fit almost any small pan with or without a rim.

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    You can of course drill holes to make it lighter, but it is only 18gms for a 10cm long gripper.

    Cost per gripper 60p.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your most excellent pan gripper. How did you make the pivot pin that holds the two pieces together?

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
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    Hi Ben, thanks for your comment.

    Pivot pin cut from a No.3 knitting needle. It was not stolen from the wife, but I bought a job lot of different sizes from our hospital thrift shop. They have many uses, as they are mostly made from hard tempered aluminium alloy.

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    Thanks @Twoberth, that's very clever of you. Great tool on the cheap. I love it.

    Ben
     
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    I like the way it locks on the rim. :thumbup:
    Have you tried lifting the 7" pot with a decent amount of water in it?
     
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    @ROBBO55 I have only lifted the largest pan half full.
    You can make the gripper stronger (short of using bigger section) by only cutting the slot in the smaller channel part way down the side walls so there is some extra rigidity left. Then you need to drill the locking holes more centrally.
     
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    Thanks @Twoberth
    Yes, it was the depth of the cut that concerned me.
    Half full isn't bad. :thumbup:
     
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    Very nice design. Make two - use either side of the larger pots.
     
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