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Old 03-31-2015, 06:14 PM
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square tubing bender

Hello, I have been reading The Scratch Built Hot Rod and I do like the homemade square tubing bender. I can not find well casing pipe to make the die for the bender. I have tried local salvage and scrap dealers and have not been able to find a piece of pipe. I was hoping I could get an idea on where to purchase the pipe needed to build the tool.

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Well drillers supply house.. example http://www.americawestdrillingsupply...eandCasing.asp
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Or any local well driller... Probably give you a piece for the asking...
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It doesn't have to be well casing, Well casing is usually about 1/4 in wall and black iron . galvanized pipe would work, just gring off the Zinc coating to be easier to weld and avoid the fumes. You could start with flat iron bar stock, heat and wrap around something to get your shape, add stiffner ribs . For large radius bends next time I will try cBoys plywood form. When I did the 29 Nash roadster I marked the Sq tubing with chalk about an inch apart then used my HF pipe bender with the pipe die, being careful to not twist the tube, and carefully did a little bend at a time, sliding the tube to each chalk mark and watching the long end of the tube to do a gradual bend until it matched the cardboard patern for all the body edges and to make the decklid from scratch, Harbor freight makes dies for square tubing for their tubing roller.
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It's funny you mentioned tubing benders as I was just looking at a design for myself about a hour ago and came up with this one. You might want to take a look at it. Make sure you go through at least two of the comment page because the author gives a material list and dimensions in a couple of his responses. His bender is pretty reasonable to build.
It should handle thin wall tubing with no problem and if you wanted to bend a heavier material, you'd just heat it with a torch.

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square tubing bender

It never dawned on me to use flat stock and a plywood form to create the arch.

I have seen the tubing bender pictured, however it didn't look sturdy enough to bend steel tubing. Heating the tubing might work also.

Thanks for the the recommendations guys, I appreciate the ideas suggested.
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hossfield # 2 plans

Years ago I boutht the plans and built my own bender I bend on the flat. I have a 1 in sq bar welded on most of my tools and slide in's similat to trailer hitch hookups on my 46 ft flat bed, On my flat bet truck, and on the southworth lift table in the shop. I can pull rebar right off the trailer and make the bends.
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Bender Similar to the Hossfeld #2

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http://www.hossfeldbender.com/downlo...eldBendNo2.pdf
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