making mandrels, your opinions please
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making mandrels, your opinions please
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Posted on Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:50 am
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hello,
can i use a UNIVERSAL TYPE BENDER --->
to make my mandrels like these --->

thanks!
i'd like to make rods ranging from 5mm to 12mm

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Posted on Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:42 pm
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If you already have the universal bender it will work.
I formed mine useing a bending fork in a vice and localized heat on the larger sizes.
Though anything over 7mm can be turned with a pair if locking pliers.

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Posted on Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:18 pm
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You could also make a crank that you can clap onto the end of a mandrel. You could grind the end so it has some flat spots to hold the clap better. This would make storage easier.

But if you want to make the bends then anything that holds it in place while making the bent will work. I agree that heating will help.
Be careful when heating anything galvanized though, it gives off a very toxic fume when heated.

I have a small metal crank that clamps onto the rod with a screw. But for the most part I just power wind all the stuff with a drill..
I bet you could make a good crank with a drill chuck...

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Posted on Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:29 am
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...complete with the drill attached to its other end, a cord into the drill, the cord into a wall...

Any particular reason you seriously don't want to powerwind if you're already going to use a parts bender?


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