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Date:  4-1-2011
Number of Hours:  1.50
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Brief Description:  LEADING EDGE bending brake

See my entry for Feb 15, 2011 for the beginning of the construction of the bending brake.

The instructions for the brake said NOT to attach it to your work bench because it would bend the bench. With some underneath reinforcement I was willing to give it a try (to save you the suspense, it worked). I put the brake close to the 2x4 at the edge of the bench (stiffer there), and added 2x4's at each end of the bench (photo #2), screwing them into the existing 2x4 supports.

I then use a 1/2" dia long drill bit (which I already owned) to drill through the 2x8 (on edge; photo #1), using a metal square to keep the pieces vertical. In photo #3 you can see the wood spacers I used to keep the 2x8 centered in the slot. I drilled all the way through the 2x8, the flat 2x10 base, the bench top, and the added 2x4 underneath. I did this at both ends, making sure they were located outside the length of the leading edge skin.

I then put a threaded rod (3/8" dia) through the holes, and put a washer and 2 nuts (2nd one acts as a lock nut) on the rod underneath the table (photo #2). Now I put a washer and nut on the top end of the rods (photo #3). The rods were 18" long, but in photo #3 it looks shorter just because the rod was hanging below the table.
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Drilling through the brake with a long 1/2

Drilling through the brake with a long 1/2" drill bit.

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The hole and rod coming through the bottom of the table and the added 2x4.

The hole and rod coming through the bottom of the table and the added 2x4.

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One end of the brake complete.

One end of the brake complete.

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