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9 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:51
    • 2. Project and goals

      1:17
    • 3. Right angle bending

      3:52
    • 4. Laying out for drilling and cutting

      2:47
    • 5. Drilling steel

      2:54
    • 6. Cutting with a hacksaw

      2:19
    • 7. Forging on an anvil

      5:03
    • 8. Forging on a "bench anvil"

      7:41
    • 9. Final thoughts

      1:26

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.

Skills

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

Forge

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.

Hammer

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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