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Old 04-20-2007, 07:51 PM
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Making dies and rollers to bend square tubing

I just made this center die and rollers so that I can bend square 1" tubing with my Harbor Freight pipe bender. The die and rollers are not for making sharp or tight bends but rather to keep the tubing straight and true in the bender when I use it to put large diameter bends or long gentle curves into the tubing when I do body construction. However, I think with a couple of tweaks (like a larger diameter piece of tubing on the center die) this design could be adapted to making tighter bends. I'm going to see how this setup works and then try building some additional dies to see just how tight a bend I can create before kinking. There are more pictures and description of the fabrication in my Cboy-Two Journal

Typical HF Bender

Original Die and Rollers - made only for round stock - won't keep square stock straight in the bender

My Fabricated Center Die for 1X stock

My Fabricated Top Rollers for 1x stock

New Die and Rollers in the Bender

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