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John Bower: Yes good simple idea but you would not be able to bend 14 gauge on it as you mentioned , the sheet metal you are bending is about 1.2mm thick at the most which is 18 gauge.

Joseph Brendel: what is making that table so shinny? cool set up, you putting it on board? Old One Legged Joseph T.

Michael Anderson: forget the thumbs up, this is high 5 worthy!  Simple and VERY effective, I love the 6' length.  much more versatile then 4'.  for cleaner corners, drill a 1/8" hole where your layout lines intersect, prevents bulging out.

www.CottageConcessions.com: Big Help thank you!

XtremeBudgetMusician: you should have a protractor on it to measure your angles.

also, need different forms for different bend radii

louis scott: You might have it done but the nearer you have the bend corner right on the pivit point the squarer the corner will be another thing is this point changes with the different gauges of steel also they make BOX BRAKES that would do that if they are strong enough to stop the warp

casper1240: Very similiar to mine i used door hinges instead of tubing but works perfect on light gauge stuff

He Ka: Easier to clamp the sheet metal to the bending bar.

Bronze: Boooo! Harbor frieght. Thumbs down.

Bear: hi Doug I think you can improve the quality of the bend by sharpening the edge of the counter piece at the bottom where it touches the metal sheet you can see that the edge is a bit beveled. another thing I have noticed is that if you move the handle to the middle than perhaps you can better distribute the power applied, I might be wrong... it's just an idea.

AdamosDad: Your top angle iron needs a beveled or knife edge to get a really sharp bend.

XplaneZ: Genius with the short angle iron Thank you!

Michael Payne: Hi Doug, very nice. I am planning to build one this month. I searched the comments as far as Youtube let me load them and found no details on the plastic bushing dimmensions or a source. would you be willing to share the size and source for the bushing? Thank you for sharing this.

Olrac: How did you cut the sheet metal into big pieces ( the ones you are bending)?

Dozer1642: I love your history of learning.

tommy nailer: that is one very nice table :) nice job

antonio paco: thank you, thank you right from Brazil.

Jim D: Other than the fact it's "upside down", your rig isn't much different in operation than a manufactured, commercial brake. Nice work.

Now, if I only had the metal fabricating shop to build it....

Nader Fawzy: 14 gage =?? mm

ClayZ: Another way to hold down the angle you use to hold the work could just be with a couple of larger, deeper throated clamps positioned from the front, The bending happens within the clamp this way, and you have a more direct load path. Not really better than your way, but a real benefit as you would have a couple of high quality clamps around the shop, instead of merely adequate HB 'on the cheap' tools.
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