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thought I had one up guys using a jig, I found a small sheet metal brake. after practicing with some sheet metal, I decided to try it. measured to the center of the flat & then 5/8" out from center. had found some dimensions that showed ID to be 1.250". bent flat but but TG rivet holes too close to bend. first bend was great, second one i was not able to get the 90 degree angle because of clearance issue of brake. does anyone have any accurate dimensions for bending w/o a jig?
 

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Look in the homemade tools sticky near the top of this forum. You can see the cheap, but effective bending jig I made using steel from Lowes.

Nothing will bend as nice as a 'real' jig.
 

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MKSmith said:
thought I had one up guys using a jig, I found a small sheet metal brake. after practicing with some sheet metal, I decided to try it. measured to the center of the flat & then 5/8" out from center. had found some dimensions that showed ID to be 1.250". bent flat but but TG rivet holes too close to bend. first bend was great, second one i was not able to get the 90 degree angle because of clearance issue of brake. does anyone have any accurate dimensions for bending w/o a jig?

where you at im in wv and have a jig if your close.
 

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MKSmith said:
thought I had one up guys using a jig, I found a small sheet metal brake. after practicing with some sheet metal, I decided to try it. measured to the center of the flat & then 5/8" out from center. had found some dimensions that showed ID to be 1.250". bent flat but but TG rivet holes too close to bend. first bend was great, second one i was not able to get the 90 degree angle because of clearance issue of brake. does anyone have any accurate dimensions for bending w/o a jig?

where you at im in wv and have a jig if your close.
I live in New Orleans and have a jig if your close.We should make a thread of avalible jigs for use.
 

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Unfortunately, I live in NW Fla. Would be nice to have a few folks listed that have jigs & could be used with a little compensation for the use.
after thinking of it overnight, i think i put the bend right on the mark & if i moved it a tad to the outside of the bend line it would work. i have 2 NDS receivers & checked it against them & it's real close.
 

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Read the tacked post on the poor mans jig. Go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy the materials. Drill em(accurately!) and bolt them up. I built mine and bent 6 flats so far and they are all PERFECT. Very good results for less than $20 worth of materials, and I can see this tool lasting me quite a long time. Its a worthy addition to your tool setup, and doesnt cost an arm and a leg.

Use your new mini brake to clamp and bend the bad side of the receiver flat again. You can get away with this one or two times. Or just hammer it flat and try again. Dont give up MKSmith. You will get this.

As my nephew says, "If they can do an acceptable job in the desert using rocks as anvils and hammers, just think what we can build here!?" :grin:
 
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