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Offline goodfellow

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Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:42:55 PM »
Not my idea, but it was presented over on the GG by "jamesemery728" --
I made one of these bucks yesterday. I was helping a friend bend up some patches for his MG and after the second trip back to my house to use the sheetmetal brake, I suggested we build one of these things and take it with us. It took three hours to build, and we welded it up with my old AC stick welder using 6011 because  the angle iron was pretty dirty. Thanks to Heiny I now had some good 2" angle to make this buck.

I overbuilt this thing so that it could take the stress of working with 16ga, so all the joints are welded and braced; including two cross braces for the feet. I just used junk that was in the shop -- 3/4" threaded rod, and nuts -- everything was at hand. We finished up my friend's project this morning and I brought the raw steel buck over to my place to give it some paint.









The top angle iron on the clamping side sits just a bit lover than the other side. Once I sit the clamping  angle iron on top of that lower angle iron, it makes a flush top for shaping metal.





Here you can see how the clamping angle sits flush because the angle iron brace underneath it is cut shorter in height.



Once the clamping surfaces were flush, they were trued up with a belt sander to make then smooth and crisp.



All painted up and ready for some more work. My buddy took it already back to his garage, and the paint wasn't even dry === LOL


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Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:42:55 PM »

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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 07:45:31 PM »
Thats a nice one. Make me want one and I dont even need it.

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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 08:29:33 PM »
If he's doing an latter model MG. He may just wear that out.
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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 10:41:06 PM »
If he's doing an latter model MG. He may just wear that out.

You got that right!! I didn't have the heart to tell him that he should just have opted for some new factory floor pans and rockers, because the patching will take forever. It's worse than my E-Type ; and that's freakin' bad.

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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 06:10:41 AM »
That looks most useful, I curious why you left such a large gap in the jaws.
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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 12:20:12 PM »
If it's like my last one was the patches will be replacement pans and panels. I had no solid metal left to patch onto.
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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 01:01:07 PM »
That looks most useful, I curious why you left such a large gap in the jaws.

I left it a little wide because we figured that this buck could also serve as a vise for holding items that need to be fabricated. It would work great as a welding aid because it can clamp and support large pieces. Also with the wider gap, I could fabricate specialty jaws for holding various odd shapes. So the intent is not only as a sheetmetal bending tool, but to potentially serve other uses down the road.

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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 03:22:55 PM »
With the right forms it would make a nice bending press.
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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 05:36:58 PM »
My friend emailed me and told me that he has used it to straighten (flatten) bends that he made by mistake. I guess he positions the bends between the angle iron and then clamps down real hard on the 3/4" threaded rods. That thing can get pretty tight  -- and it's sturdy so it will hold up to the pressure. Never thought about it, but the angle flats can be used to straighten an errand mistake.

He's just learning how to use it, so we'll see how it goes, and if it will hold up to his use. He's a great guy, but he's known for his "heavy handed" use of tools.  :lol3:

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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 08:10:09 PM »
That's exactly how I would have built it.   fish11    Nice job.
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Re: Sheetmetal bending Buck --
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012, 09:44:28 PM »
That's exactly how I would have built it.   fish11    Nice job.

If it wasn't for your generosity, he'd never have it in the first place. That angle iron came in real handy for a "spur of the moment" idea.