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    Default Re: How to make a DIY 30" Metal Brake

    Thanks, I just wanted to double check. You know measure twice cut once. lol

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    Default Re: How to make a DIY 30" Metal Brake

    Thanks for the post Larry...........you know me,.....we had conversations @ this and I had a welder-man(if toast's what you call him) finish one for me and I love it..........nice to see you here!

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    Default Re: How to make a DIY 30" Metal Brake

    Used to use one when I lived in Florida back in the early 80s, and worked for a roofing company that only worked on trailers and mobil homes, but we were only bending Aluminum
    The one I used was 12' long, bending pieces 12' x 12" and 12' x 8". The brake must have been at least 30yrs old, but did a great job, easy work and paid good, even for the 80s

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    Default Re: How to make a DIY 30" Metal Brake

    Hi there. I am very interrested to find out how you would bend a box after making your bender. I have made one as your design but would really love to be able to bend a box?

    regards

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    Last edited by JamesLT3; 18-11-2013 at 09:20. Reason: Removed email

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    Default Re: How to make a DIY 30" Metal Brake

    Hi! I just just wanted to thank you posting these plans/ideas. I really like them and decided to make one myself with several modifications:
    1. I did not use scrap material and went with 4" X 3/16" channel 36" long and 2X 1/4" X 36" angle iron. I selected 4 inch wide material to make the project a lot lighter and then was able to mount it in a vise or on a bench top.
    2. I used slightly smaller hinges out of 1/2" schd40 pipe and bolts for the hinge pins. Works just as well.
    3. I used 1/4" pipe X 30" for the lever and welded nuts on the end so my hands will not slip off the lever handle. I also used hairpin hitch pins to attach the levers, one right and one left, so I could easily remove them. I slide them into long hex bolts welded to the angle iron.
    4. I drilled two half inch holes in the channel outboard of the bolts used to hold the angle iron against the sheet metal. In the holes I drop a half inch X 1 3/4" Ace Hardware compression spring. I welded a cup in that hole on the bottom side made from pipe with an ID slightly larger than 1/2" and a washer to the bottom of that 1" long pipe. So the cup holds the spring and helps life the clamping angle iron when the clamping bolts are loosened.
    5. I welded guide rails on the right and left sides. I welded 4" long X 1/2" box channel at right angles to the clamping angle front edge and just inboard of the hinges. These serve as guide rails for the part of the sheet metal sticking out in the forward area. I also welded the same but 6" long behind the clamping angle iron to the top of the channel. These serve as guide rails for the part of the sheet metal sticking out the rear of the brake.
    6. I welded some 1" flat bar stock about 6" long to the inboard side of the rear edge of the channel. I made these so that there would be parallel clamping surfaces to mount the brake in a heavy vise. This freed up the bench surface, when desired, or the brake can sit on the edge of the work bench.
    7. I can remove the lever pipes and transport the brake since it is quite portable, but a little heavy. No where near as heavy as if it had been made from 10" channel.

    Overall, with my little mods this is a great sheet metal brake. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultravanman View Post
    Hi! I just just wanted to thank you posting these plans/ideas. I really like them and decided to make one myself with several modifications:
    1. I did not use scrap material and went with 4" X 3/16" channel 36" long and 2X 1/4" X 36" angle iron. I selected 4 inch wide material to make the project a lot lighter and then was able to mount it in a vise or on a bench top.
    2. I used slightly smaller hinges out of 1/2" schd40 pipe and bolts for the hinge pins. Works just as well.
    3. I used 1/4" pipe X 30" for the lever and welded nuts on the end so my hands will not slip off the lever handle. I also used hairpin hitch pins to attach the levers, one right and one left, so I could easily remove them. I slide them into long hex bolts welded to the angle iron.
    4. I drilled two half inch holes in the channel outboard of the bolts used to hold the angle iron against the sheet metal. In the holes I drop a half inch X 1 3/4" Ace Hardware compression spring. I welded a cup in that hole on the bottom side made from pipe with an ID slightly larger than 1/2" and a washer to the bottom of that 1" long pipe. So the cup holds the spring and helps life the clamping angle iron when the clamping bolts are loosened.
    5. I welded guide rails on the right and left sides. I welded 4" long X 1/2" box channel at right angles to the clamping angle front edge and just inboard of the hinges. These serve as guide rails for the part of the sheet metal sticking out in the forward area. I also welded the same but 6" long behind the clamping angle iron to the top of the channel. These serve as guide rails for the part of the sheet metal sticking out the rear of the brake.
    6. I welded some 1" flat bar stock about 6" long to the inboard side of the rear edge of the channel. I made these so that there would be parallel clamping surfaces to mount the brake in a heavy vise. This freed up the bench surface, when desired, or the brake can sit on the edge of the work bench.
    7. I can remove the lever pipes and transport the brake since it is quite portable, but a little heavy. No where near as heavy as if it had been made from 10" channel.

    Overall, with my little mods this is a great sheet metal brake. Thanks again.

    Glad it worked out for you. Feel free to share some of your work created with the break.
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    Default Re: How to make a DIY 30" Metal Brake

    WELCOME TO PUREOC..

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    Wondering why I can't see photos on the first page, only text...? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaeKenDo View Post
    Wondering why I can't see photos on the first page, only text...? Thanks
    Probably because it's 6 yrs old post, and there is no pictures anymore, (faded in time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    Probably because it's 6 yrs old post, and there is no pictures anymore, (faded in time).

    Yeah well since I can't go back in time, I thought I'd ask. I'll try to message the poster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaeKenDo View Post
    Yeah well since I can't go back in time, I thought I'd ask. I'll try to message the poster.
    Yeah, you should message the OP.

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    Thanks.

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    Ken, you may need to join the group to see the video

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyMan View Post
    Ken, you may need to join the group to see the video
    I am a member

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyMan View Post
    Ken, you may need to join the group to see the video
    only links I see are these under his west coast mods logo


    https://www.youtube.com/user/WestCoastMods

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    Thanks Vinman, Yeah, I already searched through the channel but didn't see a video on making the brake... oh well. Enjoy your weekend.

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