Sheet Metal Bending Brake

The possibilities for shop projects are endless with this simple jig for bending sheet metal.

Learning how to work with sheet metal can open up a lot of potential for practical projects. In this plan, we’ll show you how to build and use a simple bending brake like you see here. It makes crisp, clean bends on sheet metal (up to 22 ga.) for great-looking results. It’s made from a few pieces of hardwood to form the base and hinged handle. The sheet metal is clamped under a piece of angle iron that creates the bending point, or mandrel. As you lift the handle, the metal is easily formed into a tight bend between a metal breaker bar and mandrel. So, for minimal cost, you can build a tool you’ll use over and over again. As a matter of fact, we've included plans to make 5 simple sheet metal projects.

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What You Get:

  • 17 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • More than 50 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
  • Shop-tested tips and techniques ensure your success
  • Materials list
  • Retail sources for project hardware and supplies

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