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Art & Inspiration Bench top sheet metal brake

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  1. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
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    Yesterday I got busy and made a brake, something I've put off for years. Bolts to the bench top, two 4 foot sticks of 2x2 5/16" angle and a 6' piece of 1 1/2 X 2" I had in the corner for the clamp. The hinges are 1/2" black pipe nipples from the hardware store with 5/8" bolts as pins, a piece of tubing and some round bar for handles. It works great, beats clamping angle to the bench and smacking sheet metal with a rubber mallet, which I did until now. Maybe I'll go out this morning and clean off the bench and sweep. Or maybe not... 48372243_10218718239329748_7025310098062835712_n.jpg 48414313_10218718239409750_8541702465748205568_n.jpg
     
  2. catdad49
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    Older and Wiser, Right?!
     
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  3. luckythirteenagogo
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    That's great, but it can't work very good. It's not shiny with a fancy name on it!
    It looks great, you did a good job. I've been meaning to get out and make one myself. I might just have a weekend project now....
     
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  4. flynbrian48
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    The guy at ALRO steel, where I buy stuff, asked what I was making. When I said, "A brake", he pointed to one on the floor and said, "Well, we SELL those.". Not for $65 they don't. ;)
     
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  5. RMR&C
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    Nice, they sure are handy.
    I built a free standing 4 footer a few years ago from scrap metal.
     
  6. Koz
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    I've use a similar contraption for years. I'm in the process of building a 6'-0 brake with the ability to accept radius dies as my old one did not. A good bit of work in this one already. It should fold 16ga. mild steel with ease and will be air over hydraulic.
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  7. I built Morrisman's version (see home made tools and equipment here on the H.A.M.B.), ground down the edge on the hold-down to ensure a sharper bend, and found that I needed to put a bolt adjustment to tighten down the bending angle iron to also bolster that sharper bend. I also made it 49+ inches to make it wide enough to make the front and tailgate of an express bed. Heavy sucker, for sure, but it works just fine. Used cold-rolled steel for the base and 1-inch hinge pins. It cost me less than half of the HF version, and doesn't have any cast-iron parts that could break.
     
  8. Blues4U
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    I haven't had that much room on my bench for years. Is that an open can of NoKorode solder flux in the first pic, for tinning a soldering iron?
     
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  9. gene-koning
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    Years ago I built a free standing brake. Mine is 50" wide, so I can bend a full width piece of sheet metal. I had to replace the clamp fixtures after several years, and the angle has taken a lot of abuse as well. I now use 2 C Clamps and 2 vice grips to hold the steel in place. It still does OK, not a very crisp edge anymore, but it does bend sheet metal. Now I have to add a pry bar if I'm bending a 48" wide 18 gauge though, I'm not as tough as I used to be. Gene
     
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  10. flynbrian48
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    That's what it is. ;) I have no idea where the lid is, nor how long it's been on that bench...
     
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  11. flynbrian48
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    48386074_10218725426229416_4239213230313963520_n.jpg 48372996_10218725425869407_2721960473305022464_n.jpg 48382432_10218725425429396_820068917920661504_n.jpg Look! I cleaned up the shop! The new tool inspired me to do some housekeeping!
     
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  12. flynbrian48
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    LOL, that is WAY nicer than anything I could build!
     

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