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A Homemade Box and Pan Brake – A better way

Sometimes… sometimes… you just gotta admit it. There is a better way and it ain’t yours. Actually that is what makes the net a great thing. There is always something to learn if you remain open to learn it and isn’t that the true goal: To become better and better. The only thing I wish

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Stiffening up the Homemade Box and Pan Brake

The brace to stiffen the box and pan brake.

After doing a lot of work in previous tests I determined the brake could get the job done on small pieces of metal but just could not get it done on longer pieces because the hinged board was bowing when I applied the force necessary

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More Testing Work on the Homemade Box and Pan Brake

Gap between the hinged board at 90 degrees and the base board with no metal.

Another step forward with the brake project. I cannot say the light at the end of the tunnel is very bright yet, but I am pretty sure it is not a train. I am a whole lot more hopeful

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Debugging the Homemade Box and Pan Brake.

The stiffening bar on the back f the hinged piece

In the last Post “Test 2 of The Box and Pan Brake – Making Progress” I said I was making progress. I am beginning to feel right now I am not although I think I am. Most blogs and D.I.Y. articles do not post

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Test 2 of The Box and Pan Brake – Making Progress

Using Deep C clamps to clamp the clamping board

In the last post about the brake “The Second Baby-Step with the Box and Pan Brake , the problem I had was the clamping board slipped backward when I bent the metal. This gave me a very rounded corner. To fix that problem I purchased

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The Second Baby-Step with the Box and Pan Brake.

The clamp board with the steel edge

Remember, the reason babies are made close to the ground is so when they fall they don’t have very far to fall. Well, I am no baby, but I can avoid wasting a lot of time, money, and effort by moving forward in small steps and testing

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Progress on the Sheet Metal Box and Pan Brake.

The Brake Base and Hinged Board

I have mortised the hinges using the fixture I described in “Making a Hinge Mortising Fixture” and have assembled the boards as I described in “The Hinged Plate for a Sheet Metal Bending Brake”. Like always there is good news and there is bad news. I think there

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Thinking my way toward the ideal sheet metal brake.

a generic pan.

There is a term called “paralysis by analysis”. It is the trap a person can fall into trying to create perfect and never getting anything done. However, there is also a term for going out and purchasing something that sounds great, and then finding it will not do the job. It

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Brains not tools… Making an Enclosure for Electronics.

Step 1 Create the Plans.

Sometimes you just gotta do it yourself. Even if it probably makes no sense to do it. I spent a big part of the weekend building an enclosure box for the power-supply I have been using with the thermistor board. However,I consider it a success and I learned a

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Putting the Head on the Crane Boom.

The Crane Boom is almost complete.

The crane boom is almost complete! I put off doing the most difficult part, the head or nose of it until last. The reason this part is the most difficult is it narrows in both directions. The base or butt assembly did not get any narrower across the

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