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Old 12-29-2011, 10:24 PM
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Default "Hey, c'mon, gimme a 'brake'!!"

Any one else discovered what a phenomenal sheet metal brake the EZ track can become?
I've been using the track on-site when I need to bend (brake) some metal:
-mark the metal for the bend;
-bring the edge of the EZ track to the very edge of a board (2x4, ply, whatever) with the bending mark under the track at the same edge;
-clamp, and begin working the edge in the direction it needs to go, while maintaining slight downward pressure on the track where you're bending. Work the bend slightly from one end to the other; repeat till finished.
Fast, easy, and straight.
I use this method whenever I need to fabricate some exterior door-sill pans, or some other necessary flashing.

Today, tho, I had a bit of a more challenging project:
-in order to hook up some 6" duct to a vent fan, I had to make an extremely offset transition:
-in only 4 1/8" of space, I had to transition from 3 1/4" x 10" rectangular to 6" round, with the 6" pipe way off-set to the rectangular.
The principles/procedures for making these transitions is fairly straight forward. Any sheet metal textbook will have a chapter on making them, whether they be offset, like mine, or centered, or, whatever, so I won't go into it here. (Bill Pentz's site has a short tutorial: http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyc...&DuctingDesign
scroll down to section D, #5, about half way thru the page.)

So, once I got my layout done, I took the metal to the EZ-One in order to use the bridge-track as my 'brake'.
Pic one shows the sheet metal lay-out, with all of my bend-lines drawn in. (Note: the metal in this pic is flat; all of the lines and edges will end up in the correct shape when it's finished.)
Pic two shows the metal under the track, ready to be bent.
Pic 3 shows the metal after a couple of slight bends.
Pic 4 shows the piece starting to take shape.
Pic 5 shows the finished piece. (Actually, in the morning, I'll solder on the flanges on either end to straighten them up and to make sure they mate to their respective terminal points like they're supposed to.)

I'm surprised at how quickly and accurately doing this is. Maybe Dino needs to start marketing these as the 'poor-man's' brake?
Rick
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:43 AM
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Whew! I had visions of bending 1/8" steel when I read your first sentence.

Very clever use of the bridge! Looks as though it made a nice finished product too!

George
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:44 AM
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Whew! I had visions of bending 1/8" steel when I read your first sentence.

Very clever use of the bridge! Looks as though it made a nice finished product too!

George
Heh-heh... no, I think you'd want to bend that in a press, not a brake.
Rick
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:35 PM
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That's clever. Has to be quicker than 2 pieces of ply
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:54 PM
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Smart is not enough.
very smart?
Super smart?


ez new year
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:55 PM
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Smart is not enough.
very smart?
Super smart?


ez new year
Dino - you missed one: EZ-Smart
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:27 PM
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Dino - you missed one: EZ-Smart
ricksmart is much better here?
It was never the tool.
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