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Aluminum Bending Techniques

July 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 270

Aluminum is a very versatile and useful metal. It finds uses in many places in our daily lives. It is used for packaging, transport, power industry and many other uses on an everyday basis. No other metal finds as many uses as aluminum does. Aluminum is also used for manufacturing glass. Aluminum bending can be a little tedious at times. Some aluminum bending techniques that shall come in handy are:

  1. Buy aluminum sheets to match the color of the use you need it for. Take sheets that are slightly bigger than the place to be used as some of the area may be reduced on account of bending.
  2. Check with local hardware shops to find brakes that can be rented out. With the help of a brake, you can bend aluminum uniformly and quickly. This will save you a good amount of time in the case of large projects. If a brake is not available, then get a combination square so as to get a solid edge that can be used for manually bending aluminum.
  3. At a small distance from the short edge, use your combination square or brake as a straight edge and cut into the sheet using a utility knife or blade. The cut should just be deep enough to allow for bending but not for snapping.
  4. Bend your aluminum sheet to ninety degrees along your cut. This surface shall serve as an underside for securing the sheet to any places needed.
  5. Cut out small marks on the sheet using the knife to mark the places where the sheet has to be bent. Along these marks, make forty five degree incisions on your bottom fold.
  6. Keep the combination square at an angle of ninety degrees to your sheet's long side. See that the surface being used is level. Hold on against the sheet's underside.
  7. Place one of your hands underneath the sheet and the other to hold the combination square in its place. Push gently upwards in order to bend the aluminum sheet at angles that you require for your task. It is advised to undershoot the bend and only then shape your sheet as per your requirement.
  8. Do not purchase a brake unless there are plans for other home improvements that need aluminum bending or other metal bending. A brake is quite expensive a tool and is not worth investing in if your just need it for one small job.

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