Have you ever needed to bend some sheet metal in a straight line? Wanted to make some folds in sheet metal? Want to make a channel in sheet metal? Do you need a Sheet Metal Brake Bender? Most of the time you do not. You can use common everyday tools from around your work bench to simulate a Sheet Metal Brake Bender.
For a project I am working on, perhaps a future instructable. I needed to have a sturdy piece of thin metal. I had some sheet metal kicking around, but it was flimsy. Not strong enough to carry the weight for the task. I thought if I could fold the edges over that would give me the strength I needed and look good too. But I did not have a Sheet Metal Brake Bender on hand. This would be a good time to have one. I know how one works, could I duplicate the process with tools I already had on hand? I thought for a moment and a resounding "Yes", was the answer. Read on for my Impromptu Sheet Metal Brake Bender.
The intent of this instructable is to
1) provide an alternative to the costly purchase of a Sheet Metal Brake Bender tool,
2) provide a readily available and easy to assemble alternative,
3) give you the knowledge to use what is around you to overcome an obstacle like this,
4) encourage you to engage in a Do It Yourself franchise and community.
Step 1: Tools & Material
2) Rafter's Square
Time to Complete
Depends on your project. This project took 10 minutes to complete.
Step 2: Line the Rafter's Square on the Edge of the Table Over the Sheet Metal
Step 3: Line the Level Underneath the Edge to Be Bent
Step 4: Push the Level Up Until Sheet Metal Bends 90 Degrees
Step 5: 1st Bend Made
Step 6: Push the Edge Over With Your Fingers
Step 7: Push the Level Down on the Edge You Just Made
Step 8: 1st Edge Completed
Step 9: Line the Rafter's Square on the Edge of the Table Over the Sheet Metal for the 2nd Bend
Step 10: Line the Level Underneath the Edge for the 2nd Bend and Push Up Until You Reach 90 Degrees
Step 11: 2nd Bend Made
Step 12: Push the Edge Over With Your Fingers
Step 13: Push the Level Down on the 2nd Edge You Just Made
Step 14: 2nd Edge Completed
Step 15: Observations & Summary
1) Quick to assemble, disassemble and store.
2) Tools readily available.
3) Can be modified for different projects. Use another Level instead of the Rafter's Square for a longer bend.
I am satisfied with the results of this Impromptu Sheet Metal Break Bender.
Then I saw, and considered it well. I looked upon it, and received instruction..