A grasshopper is a welders helper…
…it is used to hold down small pieces for welding and to transfer the ground connection from the table to the part reliably..
Lets start by sharpening some 1/4 round stock we had lying around
Use the shop built press brake to bend the ends of the sharpened rods
The press makes easy work of the bending
Found some 1 1/4 stock buried out behind the shop…it has the weight we need, just needs a little cleanup
Here are the parts we need…lets get them welded together
Use our handy-dandy welding magnets to get the alignment correct
Viola! A grasshopper…for small pieces, just lay them on the welding table and set the grasshopper on…the weight holds the pieces steady and the sharp points transfers a good solid ground.