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Home made sheet metal Brake
« on: August 29, 2011, 11:09:54 AM »
Here a few weeks back was doing allot of sheet metal work in the cab of my project and found the need for a small sheet metal brake, over the years I have had several but found they took up too much room so sold them off, really miss a Pexto Box and pan brake I use to own.

The need was so grate I decided to quickly build one from some scrap metal, first welded some small Angle iron to a piece of flat bar then tacked it to one of the metal saw horses I use. Then welded  some heavy wall tube to each end of a piece of "T" bar, also added a piece of Flat iron to the back side of the "T" bar to stiffen it. Then welded two pieces of All thread on each side of the lower angle so that the two pieces of tube will slip freely over them.
Added two small springs in between the top piece and the saw horse, they will "Open" the brake when the nuts on top of the top piece are loosened.

Made a couple of teat bends and found I had to grid a small radius on the top "T" bar to prevent creasing the material to be bent.

It worked pretty well after making a few adjustments.

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Re: Home made sheet metal Brake
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 11:39:12 AM »
I want one!  its beautifull and so usefull.  Need to make myself somethin, ive been just using random pcs of scrap laying around for metal working.  THat looks much easier than digging thru my metal pile every time for the right shape.

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Re: Home made sheet metal Brake
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2011, 12:53:52 PM »
Looks like it should work well
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Re: Home made sheet metal Brake
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 02:13:58 PM »
The only down side was I need to use that saw horse so cut the welds and removed it saved all the pieces.
The plan is to one day build a folding shelf and attached it to my work bench. Then will have it when needed and can fold it away when I don't.

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Re: Home made sheet metal Brake
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011, 09:47:26 PM »
Nice tool, understand the space thing.

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Re: Home made sheet metal Brake
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2011, 06:11:46 PM »
Damn, that is really kewl man........
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