I made this at Techshop Detroit
16 gauge sheet metal
sheet metal shear
sheet metal brake
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Step 1: Sheet Metal and Blueprints
this is 16 gauge from lowes
I found the dimension of my state motorcycle license plate online and drew out a guide by hand
Step 2: Measure and Scribe
after measuring it out I used a scribe to mark the metal
Step 3: Start Cutting
I used the sheet metal shear first to get it down to 7"
Step 4: More Cutting
I used the corner notch to get the angular cut done first. Because it is 16 gauge you really have to pull down on it.
Step 5: Final Cut
Using the metal shear I cut the rest of the excess of leaving a flange on the top right
Step 6: Bend
I used the sheet metal brake to put a bend in the flange, trying to get as close as I could to a right angle.
Step 7: Punch
I used the metal punch to put in 5/16" holes for the bolts. For my plate they are 2 3/4" apart and 5 3/4" apart.
Step 8: Holes Are Squared Away
If I measured correctly this will now hold a license plate
Step 9: Attach
I plan on using the side panel cover bolt to attach it.