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saw a mechanic pull this out to hold a piece of metal in a spot a hand wouldn't work while using the other hand to thread the bolt in... simple but it did the trick..
 

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Its been almost a year, any new tools?
 

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saw a mechanic pull this out to hold a piece of metal in a spot a hand wouldn't work while using the other hand to thread the bolt in... simple but it did the trick..
what suck is if thats a vise grip brand. the wont warranty it cause its been welded too.:laughing:
 

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If you're worried about that, unscrew the knob and replace it with a suitably sized bolt. Weld to that. If the pliers ever fail, unscrew the bolt, screw in the knob, and take it in.

Of course, by that time you've likely forgotten where you stored the knob for safe keeping... :)
 

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the coolest vise grip derived tool i've seen was when keepviper13 and i went to branik motorsports a month ago or so. It was a slide hammer that Stan had machined and the side opposite of the "anvil" was threaded to go into a pair of vise grips.
 

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btt.

had to pull my tranny/klune/205 outtah the buggy this weekened and didnt feel like fucking with all that weight and my hangover.

couple hours and she was on the floor with no problems. i dunno why i never did this before but FAWK messing with blocks of wood and a floor jack. grabbed a bunch of scrap outth the pile and VIOLA.




and shes out.

 

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Here are a few pictures of the homemade sheetmetal brake that I made a couple weeks back. I found myself in the need of bending a 18" wide piece of 1/16" plate. So I built this tool out of a 2 foot long piece of old CJ-7 bumper that I had laying around, 2 - 24" long pieces of 3" x 1/4" wall angle iron, 2 hinges I got from Home Depot for $1.09 ea, and a couple 5/8" dia bolts that are 1 1/2" long with wing-nuts to lock the material in place for bending. I then used some 3/4" cold rolled square tube that I had laying around in the shop to make the handles for the brake. And put it all together and this is what you get...........
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As you can see from the material I am holding it easily bends a 90degree bend on this plate that is just a little bit thicker than 1/16" but not quite at thick as 1/8" plate. The bend itself was quite effortless too.... so for a tool that was build out of spare parts and took me only an hour to design and build..... I think it is a success. Also when you consider that I have about $30 invested into this sheet metal brake as opposed to even the cheepy Harbor Freight unit that is about $150. Not a bad price either!!!!
I am considering building them and selling them.... just a simple basic tool for the every man kind of shop that wants the ability to bend simple metal. Anyone interested??
Thanks,
Matt
 

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finished making this a few weeks ago - press brake
Brian,

What did you use for a bottom die?
what diameter are your vertical rods
any bushings inside the DOM for your sliders?

the design in my head is almost exactly like what you built...including the table and back-gauge.
 

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Hey turbo sniper, stack your pics so it's easier to read.

Thanks for the reminder, I forgot about the sheetmetal brake I made awhile back:

3" Channel I had laying around, some bits and pieces, a piece of 1.25x.25 angle and some C-clamps, welded a chunk of 1" square tube on the bottom to slide a 4' chunk of pipe for a handles:

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It's will fit a 48" wide piece, the intent was to bolt/clamp the feet down, but it was wider than my bench, so I stuck it in the vise.
 

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I modified my ground clamp so I could pull it through a tangle of leads & extension cords. It won't get caught on cords now.

 

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how long was that ground clamp on the bottom of the ocean?
 
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