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Sheet metal bender

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I needed to bend some sheet metal (14 guage) but can not afford a conventional metal break. So I built one. My door going out of my shop is about 5 feet wide so I drilled to holes in the concrete, hammered in some expaning 1 inch bolts. I then took some 3 in angle iron, welded 4 heavy duty door hinges one them, took another pieve of 3 inch angle and laid it on top, drill two 1 1/4 inch hole in them so they would fit over the bolts in the concrete. took my impact wrench and tightened the down good after I put the metal I needed to been between them.  Here is the results of the test bend on a piece of scrap metal.

 

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I used a chain hoist mounted to the roof of my shop to help me bend the metal. This is a picture of the brake bending the first of four 45 degree angles for the top of my cooker. I used two floor joist jacks to give me more support in keeping the angle iron as flat as possible during the bend.

 

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The whole project for the metal brake was under $200.00m much cheapter than purchasing one commercially. This did not count the chan hoist as I had it earleir and use it for other things too.

post #2 of 7
Nice work!

Thats the true American spirit right there, making something to acomplish what you want from scratch.
post #3 of 7

I admire you fabricators.

 

I sometimes wish I had taken "Metal Shop" in high school instead of "Electronics".  Most everything I learned in "Electronics" is now obsolete except the absolute basics, and even there, much of the terminology has changed.  LOL

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #4 of 7

What Merv said!

post #5 of 7

Farmer Engineering At It's Finest!!!

 

Way To Go!

 

 

Todd

No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

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post #6 of 7

Great job,, Just be careful with the concrete,, its strength is pulling out like that..

post #7 of 7
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Will do, thanks for the advice.

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