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Lets see them home made tools!!

Title says it all. Anything from a tool you had to modify to something completly made from scratch to get the job done.
I know I have plenty, Ill get some pics up later when I get home. But this is the next thing Ill be making.

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^ hmm, cant figure what that is. I never take my home made tools to that level though. I would be pretty dangerous if i took the time to learn how to use drawing software like solidworks....

I love home made tools. all i can think of that i built recently.

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Forgot that some family came into town. So I when into the garage and took a pic of the first thing I seen.
Had to change the fuel pump in my sisters 2002 Silverado. And getting that stupid ring off was easy. But trying to get it back on when working under the bed is a total bitch. So I made this lil thingy. Worked perfect the first time!!
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made these for my cousins.there are 4 total.they bolt them to the sides of modular homes when they slide them onto their foundations.plate was 3/8ths thick.it sucked drilling all those 1/2inch holes by hand.dont mind the bottom edge.the plate i cut them out of was torch cut on one side.i just smoothed them out some.it sucked cutting those with a angle grinder and cut off wheels.


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Try and guess this one!!
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bead roller or tube bender

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Damn you guys!!

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Next up... A radius brake. Any one made one before? I already have 2 on my table, but need a smaller one now. Once I get started I'll make a step by step for anyone else that's interested
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please do i been thinking about make one i could change out from 90s to radius but i not sure if it would work right
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Yep, id like to see this. Ive been checking out home made brakes of any type. Having one would make rebuilding the floor for my blazer a lot nicer.
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Sorry guys, waiting on a part to get machined for the radius brake. Its free so I can't really complain...
But I needed a longer screw driver this weekend to whipped this up
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that's cool. think i came up with an idea to use my welding table and just bolt the brake down to that. that way i don't have another tool in the shop i don't have room for. now i just need to find the time to design it in 3D so i know it works
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Got the part from the machine shop. I will hopefully get it tacked together tonight. I'm going to make this one bolt on too
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So as promised(finally) my version of a radius brake. I made this one a bolt on version(but I didnt drill the holes quite yet). This is what I started with, 7/8" solid w/1/2" threads tapped in both ends. 2 pieces on 1" square, 1" round and later added some 3/4" round all .120 wall. And the piece of 3/16" x 2 1/2" flat strap

I got the stap welded to the solid. my table is 5/8" top plate, so i had to put the strap on so the solid was flush with the top of the table.

Clamped it to my table

Then started putting together the handle. Idrilled 1/2" holes in the 1" tubing 3/4" up. When i bolted them the the solid, I used a washer on each end to give me some gap so its not tight when I take it apart or use it

Then I added some 3/4" braces and a lil truss to the back. It needs these for flex. Without them the top part really moves and you get a crappy un even bend


When I bend something I will need to get a piece to hold what ever Im bendind down. I didnt think about getting a pic of this....I will try to tonight.
But once im done using it I can un bolt it(or in this case un clamp) and throw it in the rack with the other handles.

This one is the smallest and most lite duty one Ive done so far, but maybe it will help some of you guys out
But with these simple homemade tools Im able to do bends like these

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^do you do the bead roller work before you bend it? I imagine you do

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You don't really have too. Depends on how close you get to the bend.
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^do you do the bead roller work before you bend it? I imagine you do
Just depends. If I'm going to have a bead roll threw the bend like the floor pic, i bend it first but need to use my larger radius. The bead roller dies are(i think) 3" and if i used the smaller brake it just woulnt work. And if you bead rolled a piece and then bent it, it will mess up the bead roll.
And it i wanted to do a bead roll in the side of the bed panel. I would figure it all out which takes math and thinking and test bends and the planets to align just right....but really, just a lil extra thinking and a test bend or 2, bead roll the panel and then bend it(not on the bead roll)

I'd post some pics to help with this confusing explanation, but I don't have the bead roller anymore
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Just make one.....Lol. I've been trying to finish my bender. Then I got the vise. Then prob a water cooler for my welder. And then maybe a bead roller
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Haha. Same thing I do. Just finished my welding table. Now it's on to a brake then probably a bead roller. Always have to have tools.
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Made more progress on the bender
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And done
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Back to the radius brake. I used my bigger one to bend up a fuel cell and got a few pics
Got the part in and lined up

Clamped down so it doesn't move

And with a lil help from some WD-40

Then repeat a couple times and done
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Came across this today... Lots of ideas

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I've only looked at the first page... Cool stuff. The gear reduction bender looks cool!!
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i wish i had the room to make a few brakes. nice work!

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Man, Some creative and talented dudes on this forum! Not only do a lot of people do build their trucks from scratch but the tools to do so also!! kudos to you guys! I couldn't pull it off in a million years!
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The painted black tube is a inner tie rod end holder(used it on a Neon I was working on)

Here are a few things I have made recently.
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^^^Nice. It's been a while, but didn't see it till now. Cool stuff
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I was inspired by FA's radius brake.











I still need to build a table for it. It's 4ft and will bend up to 180 degrees. The it's made with 2.85" OD 2.5" ID pipe and 1.25" square tubing with 1/8" wall thickness. the plates on the end of the pipe were cut out on a cnc plasma table and the 2 bolts and 2 nuts are 5/8".
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I wish i had pics of it,but i had to borrow a fan clutch tool from a buddy to do a 4,3 water pump(no air hammer in the middle of a parking lot) and all it was was a 1/8 inch plate with 3 different nut sizes cut outof it. Before i gave it back to him i traced it onto a nice sized chunk of 1/4 inch plate steel and plasma cut it out. It works beautiful and beat spending money on a tool truck!
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Back to the radius brake. I used my bigger one to bend up a fuel cell and got a few pics
Got the part in and lined up

Clamped down so it doesn't move

And with a lil help from some WD-40

Then repeat a couple times and done
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Check this site out.. There's some cool stuff here!! http://www.homemadetools.net/

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Here is a press brake I made. You use a shop press to bend parts. I do not have a press yet so I have to weld a piece of tube on the top for the round part of the press to fit into.

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