Tip: When bending with flame, flame follows the bend.
I wanted to make a motorcycle luggage carrier so went and bought me some nice cold rolled rod. I clamped some 1 3/4" pipe to bend around for a nice arc. Well, none of the 4 bends come out the same because of my method I suppose.
I was heating where I was bending instead of behind the bend. Heating behind the bend allows the cooler part of the rod where the pressure is applied to lead the rod around the mandrel. I was staying ahead of the bend just a tad, that left the back of the bend too cool to form around the mandrel.
Then, to end a perfect work shop session, I ran out of gas on the mig and didn't realize what was going on till I was done. Welds look like garbage, very porris and I lack confidence in them so I'll be spending some time on the grinder/file circuit.
Life's a bitch and then you get reborn. If I don't come back as a 44D bra I want to come back as a Labrador Retriever.
Last edited by Your Old Dog; 05-11-2010 at 07:35 AM.
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