I was thinking of going to Home Depot and getting some Stanly “L” brackets, They were going to cost about $75 for as many as I needed.
I decided that since I had just taken a course on using an “Iron Worker”, I should try to save some money and time. The Home Depot is about 3 minutes from TechShop, but you can never find exactly what you need quickly. There were a couple of extra pieces of 3” Angle Iron that is 1/8” thick in the scrap bin. I figured if I could punch holes in it quickly, I could save some money and time.
Step 1: The Iron Worker Cuts Like Butter - Watch One of the Videos
The Iron Worker is a 55 ton hydraulic press that goes through steel like it is butter. This think that this is one of the coolest tools that they have at TechShop. This thing shears, punches, and bends steel in an amazing fashion!
Click here to see the Iron Worker shear 1/8" metal
Click here to see the Iron Worker punch 1/8" metal
Click here to see the Iron Worker bend a bracket
After I cut the angle iron to length, I then placed “X”s using a sharpie and had twenty 5/16” holes punched in less than 5 minutes. Watch the videos, words to not so this machine justice!