DIY Sheet Metal Bending Tool

 Suthar Sandeep  7479 View  May 20, 2018  Comments (6 )

Bending of sheet metal can be tricky, but with the right tool it’s very easy. For those who work with it regularly are likely to have a sheet metal bending brake in their workshop, but this tool can be a expensive for the hobbyist.

Another method of sheet bending is using the edge of your workbench, a length of wood, two clamps, and a mallet, you can fashion a rudimentary bending brake. First mark a bend line and place the sheet metal on the edge of your workbench. Next step is place the wood parallel and slightly behind the bending line. Clamp the wood on the top of the metal to the workbench. And finally, bend the sheet up by hand to the angle desired. If you want a sharp 90° bend, tap along the crease with a mallet.

I decide to make a sheet metal bending tool for my own use. It is very easy to make. This sheet metal bending tool is made without any kind of welding works.

  • Parts used :-
  • L - section channel
  • hinges
  • Squere section channel
  • Flat section channel
  • Allenky bolts
  • How to make :-
  • Step 1 :- Cut The L- section channel
  • First step of making a sheet metal bending tool is cut the two L- section channel of correct size.
  • Step 2 :- Attach hinges
  • After cutting of L - section channel next step is attach this two channel by hinges as shown in the image. first create holes for screws to atach the hinges. Here four hinges used in this tool. two hinges on the first L- section channel and other two for second one. see the image for better understand.
  • Step 3 :- Attach handle
  • Two squre section channels are used for make a handle for this tool. This two channels are attached on L- section channel by using of allenky bolts as shown in the image.
  • Step 4 :- Attach Flat channel
  • It is the last step of making of sheet metal bending tool. Atttach the flat channel of correct size on the L- section channel using of allenky bolts. The gap between the two channel is adjusted by this two allenky bolts so diiferent thickness size of sheet can be bend by this tool.

Now the sheet metal bending tool is ready to use.

For better understanding, watch the video given below.

Comments (6)

Rich Kellman,   Lisle

Can I make a bigger/longer version of your brake using maybe 4" or 5" hinges near the ends of the angle iron : the size I want to make is also angle iron which is 1/4" thick, 2"x3", and 6 feet long, or possibly 6'2" or 6' 3" ? Would I need bigger or more hinges to support the longer length? thanks

RePly  July 20, 2019
Veek,   Bangalore

What is the sheet metal thickness: any standard size/rating? How much did you pay for it?

RePly  December 12, 2018
Mauricio muñoz,   Iquique, chile

Felicitaciones buen tutorial.

RePly  October 28, 2018
Landulpho Lima,   Aracaju

Parabéns Deus te abençoe

RePly  October 19, 2018
Benedito Zacharias,   Itu/SP/Brazil

Very nice compass, congratulations!

RePly  September 20, 2018
Omar,   Mexico

Hola buenas noches su trabajo es increible, que medida de broca utiliza para introducir la tuerca en la madera

RePly  September 1, 2018

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