Bending Forks

Another little project I completed back in August last year. Before I found my little anvil on eBay, I decided to make some bending forks to be mounted in the vice. These are basically some pins sticking out of a plate that can then be used to wrap metal around. I designed it around the materials I had available so that included an offcut of steel plate and some round bar. I thought it would be useful to have some if I wanted to make anything else like the coping saw I’d made with Jo.

I bought some new bolts as I did not have anything large enough. As per a lot of my projects I ended up buying a new set of taps as the one in my origional set were not upto the job. I have found that when tapping holes, having a full set of taper, second and plug make the job so much easier. The taper tap just cuts a thin groove for the next taps to follow making those a lot easier to use. I got these ones from UKDrills who are currently favourite supplier for drill bits.

I cut the pins to length with a hacksaw then tided them up by facing off in the lathe, they were also drilled in the lathe. The plate was cut and hand filed before drilling.

One small change I might do is to drill an additional hole so that the pins can be placed closer together.

3 thoughts on “Bending Forks

  1. That looks like a really useful tool. I might need to make one for myself.

  2. Gene Culver says:

    Saw a similar gig with each post from a separate base so you can adjust spacing between bolts then clamp bases tight in vice. I have started making mine with 1 inch square X 6″ long tubing for bases. Bolts are not centered so there are more combinations of spacing. Will post a pic when it’s done.
    Gene

  3. Cheers Gene, that sounds interesting.

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