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9 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project and goals

    • 3. Right angle bending

    • 4. Laying out for drilling and cutting

    • 5. Drilling steel

    • 6. Cutting with a hacksaw

    • 7. Forging on an anvil

    • 8. Forging on a "bench anvil"

    • 9. Final thoughts


Project Description

Creating tools 1, bending fork

While there are many techniques that will put a bend in steel, one of the easiest that is readily controllable it using a bending fork.  This lesson will demonstrate one way of making a bending fork.


Drilling in steel: Drill speed should be slower for metal than wood or plastic.

Cutting with a hacksaw: Making a straight cut.

Bending: Continuation of the bending learned in lesson 1.

Bending a right angle: Making a sharp bend in hot steel.

Forging to round: Continuation of forging to round from lesson 1

Tools and materials


Anvil: for this demonstration I will be using a chunk of steel as a "bench anvil" and I'll show the same demonstration using an anvil.


Tongs (optional depending on the length of steel used)

Hacksaw with 18 tpi blade

Drill or drill press with 1/16 inch bit and cutting fluid

Straight edge with scribe (optional)

Vice or some way to hold the steel for drilling and cutting

Center punch

Steel - I'm going to make this one from about 12" of 1" x 1/4" steel.  Thicker stock will create a bending fork that will bend bigger pieces of steel at the expense of how tight of a radius that can be bent.

Fire extinguisher or some way to put out fire, if needed

Class Project

Make a bending fork.

Additional resources

I have "The Starrett Book for Student Machinists" which has useful tips on cutting and drilling.

Student Projects

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