How to bend steel plate without a brake

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hey what's up y'all hey I was asked to

do a video about how I've been this

metal when I build these octagon pits

and a hexagon and all that type of stuff

and the guy asked me if I could do a

quick video on a ha Bend and without

using a break and what I do is I score

it and then bend it up and it makes it

easier and you can get a pretty thick

metal like that doing it probably get up

to a quarter-inch you could probably get

three-eighths of you but you're going to

have to gap it out pretty wide so anyway

I already got a piece cut right here

that I'm doing a barbecue pit for I'll

probably do the video on it next and I

want to show you what I'm doing on it I

got a piece of steel cut out right there

it's 10 gauge 8 inch and I got three of

the lines on it already

this will make uh what was 23 by 25

shaped barbecue pit the guy wanted to

rack it is about 24 by 22 cooking space

in it when I cut this out to do it and

uh anyway I got the first three lines

drawn on it and what I'm going to do is

use these cutting blades these are oh

four or five cutting blades right the

thinnest you can get and I'll score down

that line somewhere close to halfway

through the plate I mean you just got a

you're not going to get it exact you

just got to get a good little score line

on it and then you can start to bend to

think so I have to do more lines on it

to keep on going down but this will get

me started right here and with the

octagon when I bend it up I already know

that I got to bend each one at 45

degrees so I mean it's pretty easy with

the octagon if you were doing a square

you know you'd have to bend it at the

whole 90 so I mean when you get into

other shapes like a hexagon I think

there's 60 degrees if I remember right

there 60 and uh some other ones I'd have

to I'd have to figure it out

but I know this octagon is 45 degrees so

I'm gonna score these lines and show you

how I bend it up



okay you can see I scored them you can't

really tell the depth of them through

the camera you know but it's around

halfway you just got kind of estimated

now if you're doing like I say this is a

10 gauge of 8 inch and I only need to go

45 degrees if you bend it up and it

don't go as far as you want it to go

then don't try to force it you need to

come in and widen that gap after it

after it stops bending come back with

your cutting blade and run through it


so I thought why it's still bent and

then I'll widen it up and then it will

Bend some more if you're going with a

thicker plates a 3/16 or quarter a

quarter inch and you know you're looking

for at least a 45 degree Bend then go

ahead and bend it when you when you

score it go ahead and gap it out so they

have a wide or cutting blade than these

two and you can use this one first and

then come back through with that vitamin

I don't like the wider ones I don't

think they're good for much else besides

something like that but uh it just needs

to be a wider gap if you're bending

thicker metal cuz once it butts up its

going to stop bending so let me show you

how I go through that process right now

alright first of all you're going to

need something heavy a good solid piece

of steel I use a people pulling channel

iron right here and uh what I do is I

get this whole line right up to the edge

of my table and then I put this piece of

ten align it's the only reason I keep

this kind of line around there the only

reason get you got to use for anything


but you know right to the backside are

your score line right there then you're

going to need to clamp that down make

sure it stays there

that's giving us something to bend again

then after that you're going to need

another heavy piece of steel when I use

is a 4 inch 3/8 flat board it's another

thing that stays around here just for

that purpose and then clamp it to the

plate as well I like to clamp it to the

back side this would help if it was the

same length as what you're doing it

would help for that but I don't cut it

down because I use it for all kinds of

stuff then once you got something heavy

that gives you a stress point all the

way across it instead of just where you

have your clamp there or where your

bending in it that helps it have

strength all the way across the thing

then you just don't bend it it up if you

have a something like this I could push

it back against the table if I know it's

45 and put a triangle v square under it

but I'm gonna get my angle finder just

so how to use it alright with this angle

finder I know it's not going to focus in

on the numbers but it's mag it's got a

magnet on the bottom I can stick it on

there and see what we're sitting at and

we're sitting right at 45 degrees on

there so that'll let me know I can go on

to the next bend and I'll do the same

thing I'll move this stuff up to the

next one just pull the sheet down move

it up to the next one and Bend that one

and just keep going around like that so

let me show you that right quick


all right so that's three of the bins so

far got five more to go and uh like I

say it's this is sitting on 45 when you

get to the end of whatever you're doing

if you're folding a box if you're

folding the Octagon whatever you may

have to tweak it a little bit and uh I

mean that's just part of the game you

know and if you feel like sometimes you

might score a little deep and it feels

like it's not wanting to hold its shape

right there so when you make it Bend and

you got the angle you won't run you a

cup of tacks on it and that's going to

hold it in that position until you get

ready you know so you get finished

bending it up and you can come back and

weld that out if you want to on the

inside you know if you feel it's

necessary I don't always feel it's

necessary so I don't necessarily weld

them out all the time and you can see it

gives you a good crisp end on it because

you're already put that score line on it

I don't think you could get it that

crisp if you use heat you know and if

you try to use a torch to heat it and it

would take forever to heat that thing

and keep it hot and trying to chase that

red spot so that's what I like to do

i'ma finish been bending that thing up

it's almost dark out here now so I'm

gonna finish give me some lights hooked

up out here kind of spending this thing

and uh I need to go and get this thing

done I got a lot of stuff to get done

but uh so anyway I hope this helps

somebody a guy asked me how I was doing

it and that's about the best I think I

can explain it you know you put your

score that line you put your good heavy

piece of metal clamp it down right there

that's giving you a being point and then

when you put something on the back side

that's giving you a stress point if you

scored a deep enough you might not even

need none on the backside it might just

be end right up but uh once you get your

shape come back put your cup of tacks

inside there it's like I say if you want

to wield it out if you don't think it's

necessary to wear it out and don't you

know but anyway I hope that helps

somebody I'm gonna go and get some

lights up before it gets all the way

dark and Bend this thing out

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