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Make a Bending Brake

Make a Bending Brake

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Published by Manny Menéndez
Make a bending brake for your projects
Make a bending brake for your projects

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Published by: Manny Menéndez on May 12, 2010
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By Fred 
HIS BRAKE is small-shop size, makesthose clean, sharp bends in sheet metalthat will delight the eye of a craftsman whohas had to improvise methods of bending.It takes light sheet metals up to 17 in. wide.The hold-down blade moves at an angle of 45 deg. to the bed and adjusts automaticallyto the thickness of the materials to be bent.The blade is slotted to provide the clear-ances necessary to permit raising, in suc-cessive steps, ½-in. flanges on the four sidesof the work, as in forming a box or tray,radio chassis, motor base, or similar work.A retractable stop at the 90-deg. positionpermits the operator to make repetitiveright-angle bends. The throat opens to 5/16in. to admit flanged parts.All main parts except the table, or base,are made from cold-rolled stock. These in-clude the parts detailed in Figs. 1 and 3and parts A to E inclusive in Fig. 2. Notethat parts A, B and C are shown assembledin the upper left-hand sectional view inFig. 2. See also Figs. 4 and 5. Stock 3/8 and½ in. in thickness is used for the right andleft end plates and the hold-down supportsand guides. The bending-bar brackets alsoare of ½-in. stock. Note in the right-handdetail, Fig. 2, showing end plate and hold-down support assembled, that the right endplate is a duplicate of the left plate with theexception of the lug formed on the loweredge of the latter. Note also that screwholes are counterbored to take socket-headscrews flush. The hole pattern for 5/32-in.steel dowels is not dimensioned; only theapproximate positions are shown. Wherea lathe is not available use a straight 3/8-in.rod for the stop and substitute 5/16-in. cap-screws for the spring-tensioning screws.This will simplify construction withoutaffecting operation of the brake.
Above, brake and examples of flanged work donein light sheet metals. Below, brake assembly withleft end plate, handle and 90-deg. stop removed toshow hold-down support and spring-tension device

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