Step 3: Weld on the frame

Once you have the bend done and the piece has cooled off, cut out the section you want to use. Then cut two side pieces of the larger angle iron to match the length. Assemble it on a flat surface, clamp it together with to C-clamps, and weld or braze it at each end.
<p>hello, have just completed your bending jig. I've added a couple of uprights and a long lever with a roller attached, it works beautifully!. It's going to save me pounds and pounds as I can now buy straight fork blades which are considerably cheaper, it also means that I can reproduce the graceful bends used by Italian framebuilders of the 1950's. Thanks again!.</p>
<p>Love the &quot;heat&quot; blue tape photo !!!&hellip;</p><p>Thanks for posting</p>
100% Awesome ! Just what I was trying to think up. lol <br> <br>Now I can build it, I will also link this tool to my Instructable as it will be so helpfull. <br> <br>Great thinking......
very interesting
nice simple design,<br> well illustrated<br>love it,<br>gonna make one.<br><br>need to get one of those special flames and retain my finger tips for a little more time.<br><br>cheers.
<strong>&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;&iexcl;I Have A QuestiON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;I get the issue about bending the fork Blade.<br /> But I cannot understand, How can you reduce the tube diameter at the end of the tube???????.<br /> <br /> Thanks<br />
Fork blades are sold already tapered. Which is a good thing.<br />
MMMM, I got it, Its not normal cilindrical tube.<br /> <br /> <br /> Its tappered tube, the only thing that you do it bend it.<br /> I Say that, cuz I'm&nbsp; working on a personal project &quot;Penny farthing&quot;.<br /> <br /> The Fork Blade of a Penny farthing doesnt have the rake like a normal bike.<br /> <br /> But It also have tappered end at the end of the Tube.<br /> Then, I'll buy square tube for the beginning of tube and weld a tappered tube at the end.<br /> <br /> Thanks man!!!!<br />
i concur; this is probably one of my favorite photos ever. if michel gondry ever uses this site he'll feel one upped.
five stars for the heat picture
does the bolt seat into the actual dropout, or the base of the fork leg? what would you say the total cost of this was?
You usually bend the legs before you put the dropouts in. So the bolt clamps the leg. I built it out of remnants that I buy by the pound, so I'm sure it was under $20 to build.
could you add a picture of a fork in the bender to show how it works?
I'm confused...what is a fork blade bender?
"This is used to bend or rake the legs for bicycle forks."
Whoops, it was late, and I guess I just read right over that!
This might be one of my favorite instructables pictures ever.
I'm commenting just to applaud your "heat" tape on the blowtorch. Awesome.
yes, I agree... very effective!!! LoL

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