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Old July 4, 2010, 08:19 PM
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Very nice sir!

Question for ya! What do you use to bend the metal, and where did you buy it?
Look at the pic of his work bench see the the thing with the 2 rods with balls on the ends, that looks like a hand sheet metal brake I say looks like because the one's I've seen are a lot bigger. Any way here's a link but there expensive, may be the one the OP has is a more reasonable price.
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Old July 4, 2010, 08:32 PM
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Very nice sir!

Question for ya! What do you use to bend the metal, and where did you buy it?
Thank you and TopDogZero was right sheet metal hand brake 30'' from PrincessAuto, actually pretty cheap. Although it says you can bend 20 gauge but not 30", we'll see how it does on a 20" piece in the next couple days. Clamping in the middle of the sheet is the problem it wants to push back giving a slight arc to the the bend.
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Old July 6, 2010, 09:36 PM
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Well I did some modding to the hand brake to help with cleaner bend radius. First drilled holes for pins just using bolts to keep clamping plate from sliding back. Then welded plate to bender angle iron to keep it from flexing back.

Bent up 20" 20 gauge back panel and it worked quite well, no bow and constant radius.

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Old July 7, 2010, 10:57 PM
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Well today I thought I would run thru a panel creation, motherboard tray. Starting with a blank cut to size marked my first bend, clamp and bend it up.Name:  July7003 (Modified in GIMP Image Editor).jpg
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Then I took a large welding rod, took coating off. Used it to bend a full radius, using the vise, slowly massage the lip around the rod. Maybe 5 minutes and there is one side done.Name:  July7006 (Modified in GIMP Image Editor).jpg
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Did the same to other side. A little solder and file, and there is a nice round edge to the tray.Name:  July7009 (Modified in GIMP Image Editor).jpg
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Straight bend the other two sides and the motherboard tray is ready for the next step.Name:  July7011 (Modified in GIMP Image Editor).jpg
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Well another fine day in the shop. Hope you liked it.
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Old July 11, 2010, 10:37 PM
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Good day folks. My new camera finally came, Canon power shot sx120is.

Long day, lay-out back panel for the I\O Pci slots. Got quite a bit of it done. Thats all for today.Name:  July11001 (Modified in GIMP Image Editor).jpg
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Old July 12, 2010, 10:06 PM
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A good day in the shop, still working on back panel, couple more days yet. Bent up the "L" shape on the I\O panel and cut out shield area. Name:  July12001 (Modified in GIMP Image Editor).jpg
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Old July 14, 2010, 10:09 PM
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More work done on back panel. Now have expansion slot screw holes done, soldered nuts on. And have motherboard tray fully screwed on. Next will be fan and psu holes and solder I\O to back panel.Name:  July14003.jpg
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Old July 14, 2010, 11:22 PM
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Phenomenal work. Looking forward to seeing more.
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Old July 15, 2010, 10:23 PM
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Thank you Linus. I am having fun.
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Man that is very impressive. What will it weigh when it's done?
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