I'm looking for ideas for a press brake to use in my shop press to bend angles, etc. Anybody that has built there own, please post some pictures and tips on making one and also how you made your dies. I have metal fab tools such as mig welder, plasma cutter, chop saw, grinders, etc. and I shouldn't have any problem making one. I just don't have any way to mill or machine with a lathe. I have some ideas that I have picked up, but wanted to see some tried and true ideas from you guys on the forum. Thanks, Dan
Nice jeep! I made my press out of stuff i had laying around, probably not engineered perfectly but she works for me.The hardest part is probably making different dyes.Sorry no pics not good with all this computer stuff.I used 8'' I-Beam,8" Channel,and a 40 ton press probably went over board like always shes about 7'x4.5'.What part of AR are you from?
I kind of pushed that big project to the back burner for awhile. However, I was actually looking over my 36" die yestereday and I think I've got just about everything I need to build a little 36" brake to do stuff like winch plates, frame kits.. brackets.. etc. I plan on going ahead with that project soon.
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I took info from some of the old posts and also researched the web and made a brake press today to fit my 20 ton shop press. I still need to find some compression springs and I will be done. Maybe Home Depot or Lowes will have something. I tested it on a piece of 1/4 inch x around 2 inch plate and it bent it like butter. I will try to post some photos and more specifics tomorrow if I can find some springs to finish it. Thanks for everyones comments and ideas.
Here is what I decided to build. I used 1/4 inch plate for the base with 2x2x3/16 angle for the dies. Mounted the base to 1/4x2x2 tubing. Welded the top die to the same tubing with it turned diagonally. Used 5/8 rod for the uprights along with some compression springs for a return. Picked up some simple I-beam clamps to clamp it to my press. Bent a 1/4 piece of plate just to test it. Bent it like it was nothing. Didn't have anything thicker, but most of my bending will probably be 3/8 or less. May check into getting some stiffer compression springs, but that is all Home Depot had. They work good, but could use a little stiffer spring. Any comments or improvement suggestions welcomed. Thanks again to all. Jeep forum is great!!!!
Nice job looks great.I miss read your first post i was thinking you were going to build a H press my bad.But it makes me think just how nice that break press would look with my press?I just might have a new project. Thanks