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Old 09-14-2012, 02:09 PM
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Default Tubing bender

Anyone know much about bending rectangular tube, both steel and aluminum?

I'm looking to bend 1x2 in both the long and short dimension, but I would rather it not distort. Wondering what my min radius is to do that. I assume that radius is tighter for steel than aluminum.

And if distortion is unavoidable, how tight can I bend it regardless?


Oh, found this interesting article on the web. Guy made a bender out of an old brake drum and that gave me an idea. http://www.thefont.info/tubebender/tube_bender.htm

Why not take two brake rotors, one off of a tiny econobox and then find a slightly larger rotor to fits over the top of the raised "hat". Then you have an adjustable tubing bender! Well, the basis of one anyway.
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