Build a Bending Press Brake

These plans are for a small home shop press brake.

This press brake is small-shop size, makes those clean, sharp bends in sheet metal that will delight the eye of a craftsman who has had to improvise methods of bending.

It takes light sheet metals up to 17 in. wide. The hold-down blade moves at an angle of 45 deg. to the bed and adjusts automatically to the thickness of the materials to be bent. The blade is slotted to provide the clearances necessary to permit raising, in successive steps, ½-in. flanges on the four sides of the work, as in forming a box or tray, radio chassis, motor base, or similar work.

A retractable stop at the 90-deg. position permits the operator to make repetitive right-angle bends. The throat opens to 5/16 in. to admit flanged parts. All main parts except the table, or base, are made from cold-rolled stock.

How to Build a Small Shop Press Bending Brake


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