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I don’t really have any use for a miniature sheet metal brake, but I want to build this one from Instructables user Improbable Concept just because it looks like fun. [via adafruit]

Homemade Mini Bend Brake


Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. rocketguy1701 says:

    On the other end of the size spectrum, Dave Clay’s bending brake has been extremely popular among those who bend a lot of sheet metal for building aircraft and other things.

  2. [...] commenter on our recent mini bending brake post points us to Experimental Aircraft Association member Dave Clay’s DIY brake design from the [...]

  3. Too bad this project requires welding. I’m not sure it would work with simple brazing and I don’t have welding tools or skill.

  4. Rob says:

    Thanks for posting this Sean, I wanted to do what you’ve done, but in the end it was beyond my skill level, so I just copped out & went & bought one! (here’s the one I bought )