Showing posts with label metalworking plans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label metalworking plans. Show all posts

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rod And Bar Bender

So here is a second project from P. Blandford's "24 Metalworking Projects". This is another fabricating project that is very useful around the shop, takes up little space and can be stored away when not in use. If you make or repair things in your shop sooner or later you will have need to bend some rod or bar stock for some specific purpose. There are many different plans for benders out there, this one is easy to build and will handle basic bending work in 3 standard sizes 3/8",1/2" and 5/8", also works with 1/4 " but bends wouldn't be as tight.

For the novice please note this is for use with solid stock. For tubing, formed dies are required such as in this article  A Few Vintage PM Workshop Jigs.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

And One For The Metalworker - Bench Shear

Percy Blandford wrote a large number of books for Tab Books Inc. unfortunately in my opinion the emphasis was on quantity over quality. There were a few exceptions to this view point, "24 Metalworking Projects" was one of them. There are some nice well thought out and illustrated projects in this small volume.

A bench shear comes in handy for small sheet metal cutting and trimming and will cleanly shear small metal shafting as well. Importers regularly sell 8" and 12" units in the $100 to $200 range. If my 12" is any indication, their quality is borderline.

The following plan carefully made can easily exceed the quality of the imports for less price and more satisfaction.