This thread was a pretty fun read. I've been making single wire 316L coils for a while for TC on my RTA, but I'm venturing over to a mech squonker so I want to start making my own Claptons. I just free-handed one the other day with my drill (no swivels, just straightened the wire for rigidity) using a 26awg core and 28awg wrap (weird, I know, but it's what I had!). It actually came out fine.
I started looking around for tips and techniques and stumbled onto this thread. Since i already have wire tamers, I'm going to start with those to build single core, 24/30 316L and go from there.
I'm sure I'll be asking questions, but the main reason for this post is to share this link to the Daedalus jig, minus the drill, for $7.99:
Not having good eyesight and dexterity, actually in reality patience, the Daedalus was good for me I know some dont like it but it works once you get the basics down. I’ve done claptons withe the “pen” method easily but i just wanted to try it and i stuck with it
Honestly, the only thing stopping me from ordering it, other than the fact that I'm pretty mechanically inclined and capable, is that I saw some mention that not all spools fit on it. I'm going to be using Temco wire, and that was specifically mentioned as one that won't fit.