ESSENTIAL TOOLS

SIMPLE PLATE BENDER - MK 1

by Mike Dennis - The Heretic © February 2002

 
GENERAL NOTES. 
This tool has been made by me in 6" and 9" forms as drawn.  
The accuracy of the component produced is only as good as the accuracy of the 1" hole pitch distances and the parallelism relative to the 1/2" datum dimensions therefore I suggest the holes are spot drilled through a new’ish  No 1 strip with it securely clamped to the bars using either mole grips or toolmakers clamps with reference to the 1/4" dimensions at the ends and top (Right on drawing) 

All methods and sizes used to make all parts are as described and any deviation there from 
will be at the makers discretion. 

Note A - Shim - same thickness as the 
plate to be bent, fitted to one block only. To ensure parallelism when a component is being ‘operated’ upon.  Fix with double sided adhesive tape or super glue for ease of use. 

* Note B -The 3" dimension allows for clearance to the edge of the Vice jaws when the tool is in use. 

Note C - dotted line through refers to the 1/2" wide No.1 strip used as the spot drill template on both bars or the minimum bar stock material size which on my examples is as follows: 

1/2" square B.M.S. (Bright mild steel) 2 x 6" lengths   
1" x 1/2" as drawn B.M.S. 2 x 9" lengths 

HOLES - Depth _" Ref  This dimension is applicable and important on the short version or any using 1/2" square material. It should be drilled 1/2" deep  + 1/16" ? 0 

If the 9" version is made the 6  holes may be drilled through as Mechanical strength will not be affected.
 

Two or three Ø4 silver steel locating pegs are required. These should be fitted to the end and centre holes of the plate when in position for what I call ‘ouching’ 

The 3" dimension refers only to the holding area when gripped in the Vice. The plate is sandwiched between the two tool bars and the exposed area of the plate is ‘dressed’ down to the top of  the bars with a fairly heavy plastic headed hammer and mine are usually finally flattened with a piece of 1/2" x 1/4" B.M.S. flat. 
NOTE - Use second hand parts as you will definitely need to re-paint ! 
Use a G cramp on the exposed bars to prevent opening after ‘sandwiching’ when the work piece is being worked on.

 


1" x 1/2" bars shown
 
 
 

These sketches are for guidance only and should be used with reference to the main drawing and ALL applicable notes.
 

J  Happy heresy folks !  Now - Go forth, make the tool and ‘mutilate’
 
 

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