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Po' Boy Press Brake

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Bowbender, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. Nov 12, 2018
    Bowbender

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    After following the thread on the 20T press and seeing the SWAG press brake, I got an itch to make one for the 12 ton press I'm borrowing from my son in law.

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    I made it with an interchangeable base and "blade"

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    I used it to bend some pieces for my floor out of 14 ga steel. It worked pretty good, I can see I will be doing some tweaking to the design, but I expected that.

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    I'll be putting it to work on more pieces as I go along.
     
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  2. Nov 13, 2018
    Dave Deyton

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    Those parts look good. Looks like that will prove to be useful.
    Dave
     
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  3. Nov 17, 2018
    FugginJim

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    Very nice!
     
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  4. Nov 17, 2018
    ITLKSEZ

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    Well done! Looks like you've already used yours more than I've used mine. (y)
     
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  5. Nov 17, 2018
    Jw60

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    Looks handy! Don't forget your bend deductions will add up quick.
     
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  6. Nov 17, 2018
    Bowbender

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    Yep, I got a little taste of that already, I think 14ga makes that happen quicker. I'm on the learning curve with it. I do a lot of bending with metal siding/ soffit/ facia, but it's much lighter gauge material.
     
  7. Nov 17, 2018
    Jw60

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    Basically for every 90deg bend it will stretch a material thickness at the brake. If you get stuck with an early cj5 part I can try to draw it formed and flat.
     
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  8. Nov 17, 2018
    Bowbender

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    Thank you, that is a very kind offer, I'll keep it in mind. I've used my CAD (cardboard aided design) program a few times with pretty good results.
     
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  9. Nov 21, 2018
    heavychevy

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    That is really cool. Now that's innovation....!
     
  10. Nov 21, 2018
    RATTYFLATTY

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    2 ways to think about measurements for forming in the garage. the inside dimension doesn't change on material with a tight radius(.125") compared to the flat. The outside will gain roughly twice the material thickness per bend. This is figuring for a 90 degree bend.
     
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  11. Dec 14, 2018
    Bowbender

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    Made another jig for the press. Used it to bend some pieces for my new seat mount.

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    Two different "blades" and two sets of adjustable "anvils". Starting to figure out how to get the bends I want. It's not fast, but it works.
     
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