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  • tom37
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    My Bending Brake

    Its been a long time since i posted. I cant remember if I put info in the profile, so just in case I am in Kansas CIty. Just thought I might post a couple pics of my latest projects. I welcome input here, GOOD and BAD, I am always willing to learn. Thanks for looking everyone.

    Here is the bending brake that I have started on. I have spent hours looking at what everyone has posted and this is what I have come up with so far.









    I sure hope that these files dont kill the people that are on dial up. I uploaded them to photo bucket as message board size.

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    I couldnt come up with a real good way to make the plate lift when the bolts were loosened, so I used a piece of flat strap with a nut on the bottom side. It works, just not as good as I would have liked.

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  • tom37
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    Found a little time, here is a couple pics. Sorry for the focus not being the greatest. I think I am getting close here, a few odds and ends and a little paint should top it off. BTW when I got started I found that I was nearly out of argon mix, so I finished with 6013 and 7018. The 60 was just to tack since I am not to good at tacking with the 7018.



    I know these arnt perfect, but I was quite happy when the slag lifted off like it did.





    Again these arnt the prettiest but I think I am getting there.





    Now I have to get back into the CAD mood again and finish my plans.

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  • tom37
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    I have made a little progress but not much. Getting up to x-mas was crazy but I made it thru. Late in Dec. I managed to slip and fall off of the step on my work truck. Ya know when ya fall you always look to see if any one saw ya fall. Well no one saw me make my gracefull landing but I was stuck for a minute or two while I waited for my helper to come over and help me out. I wish I had a pic to show ya all, since I was stuck between my truck and another that I was parked really close to. Any ways my back keep me limited on my evening activities . I got started the first of last week, got a call on Tues, my buddies Father in law passed away. The next night it seems i broke the wifes car, She says it never makes that noise when she drives it. So amoungst the wake , funeral , and the wheel bearing hub, brakes, and ball joints. I need at least a day or two to clean up. Oh ya she just told me she needs an oil change too.

    The project is still moving forward, just really slow still. I'll post more pics soon.

    BTW I hope everyone had a Great Holiday.
    Tom

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  • lens42
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    I'd just like to add that you're not boring me either. The board is called "projects" so this is what's all about. The more pics the better as far as I'm concerned.

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  • Bert
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    Originally posted by tom37 View Post
    You ever have to do that much grinder again, invest in a 7" grinder!!!!!!!!!!!



    I agree Bert. A good 7" is in order. What would type grinder disk would you prefer? Such as flap disk or a standard hard surface grind disk.

    P.S.
    No work got done tonight. Started the day at 4 degrees ( F ) and warmed up to 10 degrees. I made it home finally at 9 00 tonight. Gota love days like today, Kinda refreshing.

    Tom
    WOW!!! What a great positive attitude I'd start with a regular hard surface, than use a flap wheel to buff her out Personally, I would take it to my college and use the victor track cutter/oxy/acet to cut the bevel, then flap disk it....I know I'll catch h@ll for this, but I bought a 7" Craftsman, on sale for $130 I think 'cause I don't have much money now. Plus the warranty makes it easy to take it back in case of failure (without sarcasm!)

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  • tom37
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    You ever have to do that much grinder again, invest in a 7" grinder!!!!!!!!!!!



    I agree Bert. A good 7" is in order. What would type grinder disk would you prefer? Such as flap disk or a standard hard surface grind disk.

    P.S.
    No work got done tonight. Started the day at 4 degrees ( F ) and warmed up to 10 degrees. I made it home finally at 9 00 tonight. Gota love days like today, Kinda refreshing.

    Tom

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  • Bert
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    Originally posted by tom37 View Post
    Yes Sir you guessed it right! I tried to use my O/A torch, since I SUCK really bad with the O/A, that was a total flop. It did manage to make a place to start with the grinder. I clamped a straight edge to the bottom of the 1/2" plate and ground an edge until it was close to the straight edge. I was near wore out at this point. I am not sure what kind of plate this is but I cant drill it with anything but a cobalt bit. I didn't think the knife edge would hold up so I clamped a straight edge again and ground a small flat edge off of the sharp edge. Its harder then it seems to hold the grinder at the same angle over a 22" piece.

    Tom

    P.S. 15 minutes till I have to go to X mas dinner with one side of the family. Yippee for me!
    lol....I take that as sarcasm You ever have to do that much grinder again, invest in a 7" grinder!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • tom37
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    Yes Sir you guessed it right! I tried to use my O/A torch, since I SUCK really bad with the O/A, that was a total flop. It did manage to make a place to start with the grinder. I clamped a straight edge to the bottom of the 1/2" plate and ground an edge until it was close to the straight edge. I was near wore out at this point. I am not sure what kind of plate this is but I cant drill it with anything but a cobalt bit. I didn't think the knife edge would hold up so I clamped a straight edge again and ground a small flat edge off of the sharp edge. Its harder then it seems to hold the grinder at the same angle over a 22" piece.

    Tom

    P.S. 15 minutes till I have to go to X mas dinner with one side of the family. Yippee for me!

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  • Bert
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    No, you're not boring anyone!! Crazy time of year, everyone is so busy with work and family we can all understand...since you don't have a mill, how did you do the bevel? hand grinder? Looks good!!!
    bert

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  • tom37
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    Sorry guys with the holidays I haven't been spending much time playing.
    Today I had a chance to progress a little bit. I finished welding up the joints that I will not be able to get to later. Now I am not lucky enough to have a mill, so I did the best I could to get the angle on the plate that clamps the work piece. At this point I am not sure about the large piece of angle to beef up the plate. I know its rather large but its left-overs. I also noticed that the plate has a tiny bit of bow up wards in the middle, hopefully I can draw this down flat when I weld the angle to the top. Man this thing is growing like crazy, it just keeps getting heavier and heavier. At this point in time I am pretty sure its going to bend 3/16, I'm just not sure about the 1/4 full width.

    Here is the pics guys, I hope I am not taking to long and boring everyone.







    Please if anyone sees something that doesn't look right, I would greatly appreciate it to hear about it.
    Tom

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  • MANTOOL
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    I Did One A Few Years Back. Your's Looks Great. Just A Thought...i Inverted A 48" Piece Of Angle (the Under Side Was Relief Cut At 30 Degrees) And Angled That Piece At 30 Degrees Also. Using 2 Pieces Of 1" All Thread Rod I Fabricated A Cross-bar Ond Managed To Bend In Excess Of 90 Degrees. Sned More Pics As You Progress!

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  • Geezer
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    I am a dial up guy but have had no problem downloading. Have been following your project closely and enjoyed it. If you have some rough plans I would be very interested, been wanting to fab a bender for some time stout enough to handle heavier pieces. Thanks

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  • Bert
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    I vote you post them the way you HAVE been

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  • tom37
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    Evening,

    Due to the snow and the lack of work today, I was able to have a little time to work on my project.

    I would like to ask. Is it better to post my pics as I have in the past of should I post them as a direct to the picture?

    I got my support cut and welded in for the most part. Then I just couldn't wait any longer, I had to try to bend a piece. Now I realize that my distance will be much longer then what I tried. But I clamped it down with complete and total junk clamps and it held. Some would say why have junk clamps, I have them so if i need to sacrifice it I can. the piece that I bent is 1/4 inch. I only extended the handles by 10 inchs and was able to bend the strap with little effort.







    I have thought that I may box the center portion of the angle between the cross support, just to make sure that there is no deflection. Most likely over-kill but oh well.

    Tom

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