DIY Sheet Metal Brake




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john hanrahan: While watching you clamp and bend the short sides, I wondered if you could clamp the sheet to the hinged part instead. (?)

William Ward: Hi there, I say your video on this months ago and saw you in an icon did not even think about looking further for some must have been late. I like the rig about how much did you have in it and how many hours? Keep up the good work you guys are great.

valveman12: That's a very nice job on those pans.

Cary Lamari: You are a friggin genius lol I fear the hinges are beyond my ability to make. I want to figure out how to make a 30-40 inch brake to bend 16-20 guage sheetmetal. Loved your video.

Dale McFarlane: big shout-out for that very clever idea! this will help me build a sump for rock saw and lapidary cutting arbors,without needing to buy a big brake. glad to know there are smarter folks than myself,out there who kindly share their ideas,so we can save money/time.

slavne: Real nice, a bunch of good ideas. Thanks for sharing!

ircimager: slicker'n owlcrap

Paul Roberts: Thanks for the video.

Dillon P: great practical solutions, well done

ahmed kamil: Good job! You're doing perfectly as long as you use 1mm max sheet metal or you gonna get an open angle at the middle if you used more than 1mm.

The Sheet Metal Kid: I like the ingenuity! I was wondering how you were going to bend the last 2 sides.

Shoeb Md: Brilliant, this technique will put all the automatic bending machines go out of business. 

Lawrence Rasmus: I have owned and ran press brakes all my life, mostly high end 3 and 4 axis cnc's I don't have my shop (Retired) I have seen a bunch of DIY 's but if you build a arch across the top with a slot straight across the bottom allan wrench holes to hold different sizes and make it slide front to rear that would work perfect . It would look like a bridge. Thanks for the video

Monroe Boone: Hey Buddy...That was awesome. I worked in a sheet metal shop for a year and was delegated the job of brakemaster on a big 10 foot brake. I hated it at first, pinched fingers and barbs and all, but, after I got used to it, I loved it. That was the most secure job in the shop. I had three good teachers, too. Great ingenuity on your part. I enjoyed it a lot. choctawman.

Mob Bob: use some drop bolts to pin the metal down

Martin Farmer: Thanx for sharing your ideas. Much appreciated

Amanda Zhao: It can only work on the small piece and thin material, and I think it wast the time, but your idea is good 

mikeugh: I like the paint on your tools, what is it? And where can I get it? :) Thanks. P.S. I am talking about the black coating....

redazi1: looks like johnny cach is still alive,good job

Best Racing Tips Win At The Dragstrip: To speed up your set up time when making full length bends, I would drill the bench top for 2 hardened steel pins. Place them at both ends, so that your clamping angle bears against them and it will prevent your angle from sliding back away from the hinge point. Then whenever you want to make a bend, you stick the pins in the holes, drop your angle on your sheet metal, slide it against your stop pins and clamp it tight. No more walking back and forth looking to see if it's still on your layout line.

Bayu Wirahmawan: Thank's for sharing. I really need this tutorials, Im planning to made this bending tools. I think it will cut alot of time compared when i do it manually.

John Thomas: This is great idea but I think the handle needs to be in the center to evenly distribute the pressure.

Lenora Hamilton: Looks like something my Dad would come up with!

steve buch: You have essentially built your own box/pan brake. 

John Resler: You may not call tack welding, welding but I tack welded galvanized sheet metal quite often and there's nothing wrong with me... don't ask my wife of course...

avsilva10: very nice

darkstar5d: I noticed when you place both the clamp pieces too enable the bend, they seem to me to be rounded on the edges on both pieces maybe you try and remove the rounded edges as well as lay the pieces flat instead of at laying the pieces on it's side ( /\ side )( ( L flat ) < lay the wood in the L @ the 90 degree angle when you clamp the pieces down )

Kay Jackson: Youtube University is the best! Glad you enjoyed and learned from our video. Good luck on your skid plate.

my02warrior: Brilliant,..thanks for posting!!!, I was just looking for a cheap used brake,...you solved my problem,....I love it when people think crap out. Wish I thought of it! Cheers from Vancouver BC

MrCrazyron1369: The reason your corners are slightly rounded is because your clamp doesn't have a sharp edge.

Brady Jones: Nice brake and demonstration, I always wanted a brake but can't afford the nice ones. After seeing your video, I'm going to make my own. It seems I better get a nice table first. What size table are you using? 3'x6'?

Charles Struble: Don't know how it could be simpler or more effective. Nice job. Thanks for sharing with us.

Patrick Boyd: Thanks great DYI to build one was looking at buying a new one but most come from China. Keep up the good work.

disturbedsilence76: great stuff btw. like someone else said. I also learn more from people like you than any other way. real experiences from my neighbors. :-)

Paul Preddy: Brilliant & very well explained too. Thanks for uploading.

tcseacliff: I would have tried to locate the hinge on the inside of the angle iron, get them out of the way. could make almost a flat fold it you wanted to.

Sergio Perez: Thanks teacher, this is the best machine I've seen so simple, and the great usefulness May God continue Blessing your mind and give you strength to continue working with great skill.

David Urquhart: Great video - really helpful thanks!

SV Seeker: That should work. You can also grind the edge of the angle to make a sharper corner as others have suggested.

james white: i do sheet metal fab and have used that type of break press. I noticed that you had your clamp arm like a trianlge, it might make it a bit more crisp of a bend if you notch it so that you can ley it flat betwene your henges and made into a point along the length your bending againsed. if you have something you make alot you could also have a two small notches in the actual bending arm so your fourth bends will be easier.

SV Seeker: Good ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

MonkeySpecs301: nicely done...cheers

neutronstar64: thats interesting, i always wondered why it was called a brake too, so thanks for that! Dan.

MrArtsey: Good idea and you explained it very well. It's always fun to read the comments ...even the the negative ones. Harbor Freight has made it possible for me to own alot more tools than if I had only bought "Made in the U.S.A.". Thanks for the idea and the video.

Michael Farquhar: Great job. . . Simple enough. Thanks for taking the time to make this video. I am making a new welding table and this would be the perfect addition.

danoldsbb: you need to remove the zinc, by metalbrushing or better to dive the part in muriatic acid, it will disolve the zinc and leave a nice and clean metal that you can weld without death risk!!

sisseeboy: also try making an A frame on the top angle clamp to help stiffen it in the middle. that is the solution on most professional brakes for the issue of crisp bend throughout the entire length of a brake on larger pieces

ogopogoful: I wanna disagree with impr. If you already have a half inch table kickin around like you most likely did, you can go to a scrap yard and pick up those two angle iron pieces for fairly cheap. I doubt you need a half inch steel table to hold up your bend either, and you could have likely used any solid straight line for both your brake and your guide.

ACGNY08: If you welded the handle in the middle of the bender flap, it would have made it straighter.

2OQP: I am sure you realize that you could get a cleaner(tighter) corner by machining down one edge of you clamping angle so it sits flat on the sheet metal. Right now, this 45° angle that the edge has, creates this rounded fold and does require more force by the way.
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