Has anyone tried making a bending brake with railroad track?
Last edited by Scratch; 04-26-2019 at 07:25 AM.
Here are the two pieces of the table welded together with the hinges
I welded tabs underneath to hold it in place on my 1" table
And some legs that lay on top of the table to hold it down when bending
Here it is all painted up, you can see the "finger" bolts through the brake and into a piece underneath. Those two locator pins are for a specific bend job that......
I built this for one purpose, to bend AK47 receiver flats like these.
Last edited by Scratch; 04-26-2019 at 07:27 AM.
I take the "flat" and bolt it to the brake using the two locator pins to position it correctly
I make one 90 degree bend...
Then I remove it, turn it around and make another 90 degree bend so it forms a U shape
Here are a bunch of bent receivers along with one un bent flat
And here is one receiver with all the other parts of the rifle test fit onto it to make it a complete rifle
Last edited by Scratch; 04-26-2019 at 07:28 AM.
It works great. Is VERY heavy duty and doesn't flex anywhere. I built this for one purpose and that's why its so narrow. It's only like 18" wide IIRC. If I could do it over again, I'd go wider so I can use it for more stuff. I do use it for other projects, as long as it fits in there, but there are times that I need to make a simple bend in some sheet metal that is just a little too wide for this so I end up clamping it to the table and bending it. Which is a shame since this works so well and is right there, but not wide enough.
Of course, this was the widest piece of RR track I had so that had something to do with it also. That stuff doesn't grow on trees around here...
Scotsman Hosie (04-27-2019)
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