March 8, 2012 AT 1:00 pm

Homemade mini bend brake

From Improbable Construct:

In this Instructable I will show you how I made a Mini Bend Brake to bend some 1/16″ aluminum.

I needed to make clean straight bends in strips of aluminum for my Hidden Bookshelf Light Switch.

I had pretty good luck bending the aluminum in my bench vise, but it was hard to keep the bends square and even. So, this is what i came up with.

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  1. I once built something like that but I reduced the gap between the leaves by cutting away the section where the hinge pins reside. It worked OK, but for under $40 you can buy one ready to go that works a bit better:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/18-inch-bending-brake-39103.html

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