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    24" box and pan finger brake

    I finally completed my build of the 24 inch brake from plans by Michael Ward and published in HSM a few years ago. So far I have bent 16ga aluminum at full width with no difficulty.


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    Matt

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    Thanks Inflight! We've added your Sheetmetal Brake to our Brakes and Presses category,
    as well as to your builder page: Inflight's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Well done. That is a thing of beauty.

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    Beautiful!

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    Very professional finish, I'd be proud to have that in my shop. Well done

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    Wow, that thing looks great. Fantastic work!

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    Congratulations Inflight - your Sheetmetal Brake is the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    We had another big week, but this was a clear winner and a beautiful tool.

    Some more good builds from this week:

    Wire Twister by ananas studio diy
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    Woven Plastic Line Finishing Method by Baddog
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    Tongs by ananas studio diy
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    Inflight - we've added your tool entry to our All Homemade Tool of the Week winners post. And, you'll now notice the wrench-on-pedestal award in the awards showcase in your postbit, visible beneath your username:



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    You'll be receiving a $25 online gift card, in your choice of Amazon (US-only), PayPal, or bitcoin. Please PM me your current email address and award choice and I'll get it sent over right away.

    Nice work!

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    From Inflight in another forum:

    The plans from HSM were over 10 years ago as a 3 part article. Here are the issues:
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    I haven't seen the HSM blueprints, but it appears a solid design, certainly with all the correct features. The truss rod and respective hardware are especially nice. What is the gauge capacity at full width, and there provisions for extension handles on apron?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    What is the gauge capacity at full width, and there provisions for extension handles on apron?
    The designer wrote that the brake will handle 20 gauge steel at full width. The handles are rectangular so it would be easy to bolt on extension arms if more leverage is required. With 16 gauge aluminum, the handles were fine as is.


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