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Victor

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Hello, Does anyone know if there is a post on "how to build a simple and effective metal bending device. The metal I will be bending is approx. 1/8th X 1 inch wide steel or aluminum up to 360 degrees, or something like an ornamental bender... Any suggestions? I would like to make one and have an idea, however, if anyone knows how to make one, or would it be cheaper to buy a commercial one??? Thanks so much, Victor
 

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Victor,
Are you wanting to make rings of steel and aluminum, make right angle bends or something in between? If you would give us a idea of what you want your bends to look like, it would be easier to help.

Randy
 

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Many Thanks Randy,

What is am trying to make is something that would resemble a planter type hook. Something that would have a U shape bend, maybe a 1-2 inch radius with the upper front or rather the beginning side of the...... U to curl over slightly over on itself. And the
other side of the U the ending side (?) of this to extend up more then the beginning side. Let me try and find a picture that would show this better then I can explain. Yes, here is a picture I found and I am sending along as an attachment. This particular shows that it is twisted too, but I do not need it twisted.

Thanks so much for your help on this Randy.
Victor

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I have one of the Harbor Freight benders, I find it quite useful. I've bent 3/16" x 1 1/2" flat bar and 1/2" round without any problems. It's not a tool that's easy to use until you figure out all the set ups. Be prepared to throw some material away learning how to use it.
 

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I have a HF bender and it works good for me. I built my own on the same principle first to twice the capacity of a HF but traded it for some other tooling and bought the HF to replace it. I've bent 5/8" round in a 90* with the square attachment already. My first bender was made of 1/2" x 2" flat stock with about 4" inside dimension and approx. 10" clearance and was built using my 20 ton press that the bender is mounted to. :)

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I agree with buying the HF bender. At 49 bucks it can't be beat. I have bent over 100,000 parts on mine. I found that getting longer pins and doing the bending on top of the frame is best. You can see what you are doing and get the bent parts out easier...Bob

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Victor,
What you show in your photo was forged, probably a blacksmith. It was heated red hot and formed using simple blacksmith tools, such as a hammer, an anvil and a simple bending jig.

You are going to have a hard time making such with aluminum. Aluminum is hard to cold work and is not typically shaped using black smithing techniques.

Randy
 

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author=Mayhem link=topic=2695.msg22340#msg22340 date=1313574424
Out of curiosity, what does the HF one weigh?
Prob 15 or 20 lbs with the supplied dies for the bench model. The floor one prob is 25-30 lbs...Bob
 
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I cannot recall where I found these but they will be of help to you.

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Thank you Simon!
I've been looking for these plans for about 6 months.

Uglydog
 
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