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Old 08-04-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Poor man's metal brake

OK, also lack of space man's metal brake.
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Works pretty good, I was bending 1/8" thick by 3/4" wide steel the other day. The trick is, when you bend, try to make sure your bending straight, so that after it's bent it's not going askew.
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Old 08-04-2007, 01:40 PM   #2
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yep im lost..
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Old 08-04-2007, 01:41 PM   #3
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I just use my vice and a BFH. It does the trick.
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Old 08-04-2007, 01:42 PM   #4
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Yeah, but I don't always like the hammered or vice'd look.
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Old 08-04-2007, 01:50 PM   #5
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I hear ya. I'll have to try your method sometime.
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Old 08-04-2007, 06:42 PM   #6
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for the poor man with some space...

http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuild...out-brake.aspx
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:53 AM   #7
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This should be the ticket...

http://www.wttool.com/product-exec/p...ble_Vise_Brake

If that doesn't work... then this surely will...

http://www.wttool.com/product-exec/p...rake_Slip_Roll

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Old 08-17-2007, 11:08 AM   #8
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Nice find

I've always wanted a couple of those wide vice grips too.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:36 PM   #9
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Tried out the vise brake tonight. Works pretty well. Not a "perfect" tight bend , but very nice and precise with maybe a 1/16th radius on some 18ga steel. I'll give it a shot tomorrow on some aluminum.

I can upload some pics if needed....
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Nice find

I've always wanted a couple of those wide vice grips too.
BTW, If your thinking of buying a cheapo pair of those sheet metal vise grips at Harbor Freight. Don't!!!! Spend the $20 bucks or so for the Irwin's. You'll be glad you did. The HF ones SUCK! they marred my aluminum and are uneven crap-o-la.
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:33 AM   #11
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BTW, If your thinking of buying a cheapo pair of those sheet metal vise grips at Harbor Freight. Don't!!!! Spend the $20 bucks or so for the Irwin's. You'll be glad you did. The HF ones SUCK! they marred my aluminum and are uneven crap-o-la.
Thanks for the heads up. Im definetely of the opinion you usually get what you pay for when it comes to tools.
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:42 AM   #12
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Home Depot dosn't carry them, I don't drive so I got mine off Ebay. Both shipped was about $37.
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