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Simple Sheet Metal Brake: No Welding

I love working with metal, but I've always struggled to get perfect 90° bends. Generally, I'll stick the piece to be bent in the vise and smack it around until it's bent. Since it almost always bends crooked, I end up rebending - and generally just making a mess of it.For my next project I was going to need to bend some cardboard, which inspired me to first tackle a bending brake. Since I knew I would end up bending things much harder than cardboard in the future, I designed the brake to...


Homemade compact radial bender fabricated from steel. Capable of bending 1" flat stock of up to 1/4" thickness. Accommodates nine mandrels allowing for a range of achievable bend radii from 1/4" to 1".


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