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Old 03-23-2007, 02:17 PM   #1
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Just tought I would share this project with everyone else.

I just started building my first tube chassis and was originally using one of those hand benders that will bend 1/4" to 3/8" or something like that. I found the radius was way to large for what I needed so, I started doing them by hand but found there were a couple of bends I just couldn't get to come out right. I have a garage but it is pretty much useless. It's unattached, rediculously small and built to accomodate a Yugo or Mini so I needed something I could use in my house. After putting my thinking cap on I found something I already had that seems to fit the bill quite well.

It's a Dremel Flex Shaft Holder that only needed a couple of minor changes to become a bending station.

I picked up 2 of 1/4" steel sleeved bolts:

some nylon spacers/washers:

5/8" piece of rod stock, for sturdiness. The holder comes with 5/8" tubes but they are hollow and I didn't want to risk bending or damaging them:


And this is what I came up with:



The nylon spacers/washers are nice because they are softer than the tubing and can be replaced. You can also swap in/out larger or smaller OD diameter spacers to reduce the radius or enlarge it. Currently I can bend a 5/8" radius or a 1/2" radius using the nylon washers and the mandrel.


The whole thing is completely portable and attaches to any flat surface and, I can still use it to hang my Dremel on, if I use the original pieces in place of the 5/8" rod stock.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:58 PM   #2
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very nice dude.. I have been just now lookign for a way to get some nice tight radius bends and I think I have found it.
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