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Old 11-09-2019, 08:39 AM
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Wow! nice bends. Just curios, do you use sleeves at the joints?
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:49 AM
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Good grief man, now that's a bender
Nice work

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Old 11-09-2019, 11:23 AM
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Like your build TF. Your bender rocks. Keep the photos coming.
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:57 AM
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Kenny - I will be using sleeves at the joints, and hide a bit of a fish plate on the back side as well. My bender only has about 10' of travel for the indexer, and things fall apart quickly when you try to do this without the indexer. In fact, the rear tubes are just a bit too long, and I'm seeing how much a tiny rotational error translates across the length of them. I may give in and add a second joint to each tube.

This bender is actually a homebuilt made to copy the original Pines mandrel bender. It can do some pretty big tube - I've bent 4" OD x .125 wall mild steel tube on a 6" center line radius with it. If I remember right it will do 2" solid bar if you wanted to. I need to make some tooling to bend 2 x4 tubing in both the hard and the easy way. I have a small side business doing mandrel bending and associated fabrication. In the last couple of months it's made tow bars for Coast Guard helicopters, subframe braces for Mini coopers, and resonator tubes for marimbas (musical instrument). It's a niche, and I enjoy it.

Unfortunately I did not get a chance to work on it any more over the weekend...
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Old 12-01-2019, 08:22 PM
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Well, I’m afraid paying work had to take priority the last couple of weeks, but I finally got a little time to work on the international this weekend. A lot of time was spent dismantling the hastily tacked together “test fit” I created a few weeks ago. I now have the short spacer tubes (like ladder rungs) and the sleeve tubes for the joints. So, I broke it all back down and then started re-assembling it for real.

While it was in a minimal form I decided to see how it would fit under the cab. I’m quite pleased with the fit - just as intended. Here are some pictures of the current progress.

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Old 12-01-2019, 08:50 PM
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Love the tube work!!!
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Old 12-02-2019, 02:58 AM
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:40 AM
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Awesome!
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:40 AM
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That frame looks awesome! It must be difficult to keep it symmetrical though isn't it?
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:59 AM
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