On our farm, we’ve received an outdated outbuilding and a dream to construct a get together barn. Progress is coming alongside properly. We’re wanting ahead to having a gathering area on the farm that spares or home the added foot visitors.
As a part of the undertaking, I’m putting in a selfmade vent hood. I actually wished to make use of materials discovered throughout property cleanup, so I pieced it collectively utilizing discovered elements. And that features scrap steel I got here throughout on the farm.
However this entails bending barn tin steel items into form for the hood, which jogged my memory of a typical query: How do you bend sheet steel with no bending brake?
I’ve a simple strategy to bend thin-gauge sheet steel items and get the job completed.
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What You Want
Fortunately, this technique for bending sheet steel items doesn’t require plenty of instruments. Actually, you most likely have the gadgets required laying round.
- two items of angle iron to make a “sandwich”
- flat-bladed screwdriver to attain the steel
- a few clamps
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First, place a bit of angle iron in opposition to the sawhorse. This would be the backside a part of your “sandwich.”
Subsequent, lay your piece of scrap tin on the angle iron the place you need the bend. Place the second piece of angle iron on prime of this, then clamp all the pieces down. Be sure that your lengthy edge is out if you do that so you need to use the burden from the longer edge to your mechanical benefit. (It’s simpler to bend an extended size.)
With all the pieces clamped in place, use the screwdriver blade to attain the scrap steel alongside the sting of the angle iron. Run the blade alongside this monitor just a few instances to make a visual line. (You’ll be able to watch me do that within the video above.)
When you’ve scored the steel, you possibly can merely bend the steel up alongside the scored line to make your bend. As long as you have got the items clamped good, the bend needs to be fairly simple. For those who want a decent edge, you need to use a hammer to create that.
Take away the clamps and prime angle edge. You’ll be able to then full the bend by hand for a clear edge.
Watch the video above to see how I bent discovered scrap steel for my selfmade vent hood.