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Old March 18th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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Ways to bend 1/4 or 5/16 plate 90 deg?

Anybody have a good way to bend 1/4 or 5/16 plate 90 degrees in their garage without fancy equipment? I've got this fabrication idea in my head that would require such a bend in a piece about 2.5 feet long. Can I heat it with a torch, or would that take any temper out of the steel? I have a small steel layout table I can weld to if that helps. Thanks!
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Old March 18th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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uhh, good luck. I recommend angle iron.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #3
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clamp it to the table and my buddies wife could set on it guarantted to bend!
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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:12 PM   #4
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Yeah, you're talking a lot of tonnage to bend that. If you're using mild steel you won't hurt it by heating it but I doubt you can heat it evenly enough to get a decent looking consistent bend over the entire length.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #5
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Yeah, I didn't think I would be able to. Thought I would ask though, just in case somebody had a crazy trick.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 08:05 AM   #6
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take it to a fabshop with a press it should by pretty cheap to have one bend put in it. That will be a pain in the ass to do by yourself....and like WhiteRhino said it will be hard to bend evenly with a torch.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 08:14 AM   #7
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eisen steel or something like that in richmond has bent a lot of work benches for us and they are very reasonable... you might contact them...

or if you're set on doing it yourself then you can make a few cuts with a plasma or really steady torch in a straight line where you want the bend to be and only leave about 3-4" of actual material to bend and then you can just fill the cuts in with weld and smooth it out with a grinder...
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Old March 19th, 2009, 04:49 PM   #8
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or if you're set on doing it yourself then you can make a few cuts with a plasma or really steady torch in a straight line where you want the bend to be and only leave about 3-4" of actual material to bend and then you can just fill the cuts in with weld and smooth it out with a grinder...
IMO that would be the best solution without a press brake or the heat and beat.

If it was shorter I could bend it for ya. I don't have a long large v die to brake it in and I'm to lazy to make one. LOL
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Old March 19th, 2009, 05:05 PM   #9
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That size material for 90* bend......I'd just weld 2 pieces together.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 05:10 PM   #10
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That size material for 90* bend......I'd just weld 2 pieces together.
exactly what I was going to suggest. I got frustrated as hell trying to get a good straight bend on some 1/8" steel, but I was only working with a few C clamps, a wood work bench and a bigass hammer. 1/4" or 5/16"... no way in hell.

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