Originally Posted by Beau
Back from the dead.
Thank the man for Google. I searched this site for a while and didn't find this thread. Google brought it up though. But only if you spell it "home made" instead or "homemade" pipe bender. Weird.
Anyway, I made one of these for making bicycle frames tonight. I used square tube I had, a round pipe, a drum brake shoe (for the die) from an old car, and some pieces of metal from the scrap. The die looks a little rough, but it bent a 1" thickwall pipe with eeeeeeeease. And trust me, mine looked rougher than this one. Took me 3 hours without any plans.
If I build one frame, it will still pay for itself!
Thanks for posting this. I'll post pics of mine tomorrow.
The design works really well. I ended up buying a JD2 bender but sold it because I was using my Blackjack Bender instead as it was simpler & quicker . I kept bending handles so I made a nice & heavy replacement that is unbendable. When we move into the new house & I can unpack my gear again I have several frames on the books for this bender to make up. I'm sold on the design and I've got alot of frames & bars to show for it .