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Thread: Homemade bending iron for $40 at the big home store

  1. #11
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    Default Point well taken

    Quote Originally Posted by tobinsuke View Post
    If you go with this one like this, please be cautious of the top - especially accidentally reaching across it. I have not made one of these, but the hot air that heats the pipe clearly vents out of the top.
    I suspect it would be very hot at the top. Such is life for the frugal (cheap) woodworker.
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    Greetings Jusbot..I just returned from Home Depot with an armload of parts anticipating a build mirrowing your parts and instructions :+)
    great post I am new to EVERTHING musical with a few construction ability's.
    My only dismay was my vice was 2 1/2 in wide :+( not enough for the charcoal starter to fit.
    Sooo off to harbor freight for a loaner :+). The burner is 3 5/8 wide call it 3 3/4 so I need to get a 5 incher.
    All for now and will return again after I squeeze the burner to fit the pipe.
    Thanks for posting such a great photo op and instructions.
    W2XXZ

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    Greetings :+)
    Just returned from Home Depot with an armload of parts.
    I have everything listed from your photo op /info.
    Dismayed to find my vise only opened to 2 1/2 in :+(
    The Charcoal starter would not fit. It's 3 5/8.
    Next stop Harbor freight for a loaner <:+)
    Re post when I have the correct diameter to fit
    in the pipe .

    W2XXX

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    Late to the party here, but why the vertical pipe? Seems awkward at best.

    Here's what I use:

    2015-06-28 20.12.41.jpg

    heat gun: $1 from yard sale.
    bolts, nuts, washers from Lowes: a few $$, maybe three, maybe four.
    pipe: my neighbor had this steel pipe. I cut 6" off it, and drilled two holes in it.
    bungee cord: I forget where it came from.

    Stuck the spreader from the heat gun in the end of the pipe. Frame built from eclectic mix of leftover crappy wood. Drywall screws and glue to taste.

    I've bent a lot of sides of various instruments from ukuleles to guitars on this thing. Works good.

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    Greetings jusbot Making progress with your pipe heater...one thing...I am a bit unclear on the wiring The computer wire is connected to the dimmer-The
    plug comes off.
    The starter must also be connected to the dimmer as well correct ? soooo The plug on the starter has to be removed and wired to the dimmer ... also correct Yes ?
    Excuse me for being slow <:+)
    Last edited by W2XXZ; 06-28-2015 at 09:07 PM.

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    Nice bender!. However, you may want to read up on the toxicity of galvanized steel when heated. Zinc oxide is used in the galvanizing process and is a known toxin. There are lots of cases of metal fume fever (a real thing) caused by the heating of galvanized steel. You'd probably never go above 250 degrees for your intended use, and at that temp it may not be an issue, but your test temp of 500 is probably in the danger zone.
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    hmm, I imagine that the charcoal lighter uses a lot more watts than light bulbs, so get a dimmer that's rated for the watts the lighter pulls. maybe one for fans ?
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    Is it sold?
    Last edited by anu2051; 07-07-2016 at 03:25 AM.

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