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    7 ft metal break

    I hacked some scrap together a few years back to form some 7 ft long 12 ga mild steel parts. The thing is as with many of my homemade tools I might complete them just enough to accomplish the task I have at the time then shove them aside. Well today I needed to make a storage rack for a trailer I rebuilt last year to give us a place to store the tarps since they only get used about 1 in 10 or 20 loads but always stay with the trailer just in case.
    this break may never be much more than it is now but it works great the way it is.
    the frame is made out of 8" C channel like the one used as the hold down in the first picture
    the the swing form is made from a salvaged DOT bumper from a trailer the hinge pivots are 2" pipe with 2" round welded to the swing form
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    I found this cutting edge in my scrap pile so it is now part of the tooling for the break
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    this is a piece of 8 by 8 by 1" angle iron that makes a great forming anvil
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    It helps to own a 16" heavy duty "C" clamp when breaking 2 or mode sides to a part
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    What do you do with a spare tire rack that you do not need?
    answer you turn it into a storage rack
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    once we un roll and re roll the tarps I think I can get 4 to fit in there just nicely
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    Well I thought I was getting ready to make some finishing improvements to this thing. I am planning on constructing the top clamping beam
    I even went so far as to drag it near my work area and gather up the beam and other parts then as it happens every time I want to start to make improvements to something like this along comes something more important only this time the job is one of those things that puts something into the bank account LOL
    maybe I'll get to work some more on the machine Sunday of Monday


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