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  1. #1
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    Default Bending brake help

    On Miller's Project Pages, they have this bending brake:
    http://www.millerwelds.com/interests...bending-brake/

    It is a simple project, but since I have never used a bending brake, I wanted to be sure what kind of dies I would need. I only plan to bend 90 degree pieces to make like drawers, etc. Would a piece of angle iron work? How would you hold the die in place? Is there any trick to placement of the die to be sure and get a sharp bend? Any help is appreciated.

    Oh, and if anybody from Miller is reading, there are a couple of errors on this plan that should be corrected.
    Burt
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    Cool

    Look here at post 142 http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...505#post288505 there is a picture that may help you. You need a channel or a heavy angle to clamp the steel down against so when the leaf comes up the metal will bend...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    Default Bender dies

    I finished my bender according to the plans. I'm going to modify it some to suit me better.
    I'm planning to use a 1 1/2" angle for the die. Here's where I'm still stumped.
    To make a simple box (a drawer for example), I can lay out the bends, cut the corner boxes out so the sides come straight up, but if I bend 2 opposite sides, I will need a die cut to fit inside the box to bend the other 2 ends and close it. Do you just use big C-clamps to hold the die inside? How else do you hold the die in place inside the sheet metal
    I'm sure I'm missing something. Everytime I post a question here I get good answers, usually much simplier than what I have figured out on my own.
    Thanks for any help.
    Burt
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    Miller 375
    Miller Syncrowave 250
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    Cool

    Yes you would use C clamps to hold the top die inside the box...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    Hey Burt are you the 10' drill bit guy?. I am always making long bits to run wires...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    Default Brake clamp

    Hi ' I am currently building a brake for myself and have drsigned my own clamp system. It is basicaly a horizontal bar on a vertical axis that removable clamp fingers (for lack of a better term)bolt to. the horizontal bar is seated on two compression springs (one on either end) I have drilled an off centre hole in two discs on either end of a bar that is positioned above and when turned acts like a cam and pushes down on the fingers to clamp the metal in place. I found this works very well for myself and may give you some food for thought. Attached are some pics I hope these help a little.
    Cheers Steve
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    Thumbs up Bender plans

    Bob,
    Yes, I'm the 10 ft drill bit guy. That is a funny little business. I could tell you several interesting stories that have come up with my customers.
    There is not a large market (that I have found) for long drill bits, but it has paid for all my welding equipment! That allows me to have fun learning other things like bending brakes and metal benders.
    Lots of people have told me they would have used one, or made something to drill through floors, etc. so hopefully it will continue to grow.
    I would like to be able to make things like your shepherd hooks to go along with the 10FtDrillBit. I'm always coming up with ideas, I just am not always able to make them.

    Hey, Sparks!
    I like the overhead clamp system. I am planning to build something similar using threaded rods and sliding rings on a 1" square tube. That is my project for this week-end (or one of them anyway). I'll post some pictures if it works!
    Burt
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