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Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby Coldman » Fri May 12, 2017 8:22 pm

Nice job Mick,
Some questions of interest:
How much were the materials?
How hard was it to procure cut lengths of material in some of those less common sections?


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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby weldin mike 27 » Sat May 13, 2017 7:36 am

It was designed that if you went nmuclear on it, it woud go to shit. Tjhat is all. Plus he's a mechanic, NDT operatror and all around general tinkerer, so he knows.

Coldie...Heres how it breaks down, I wish i had gone straight to the new steel option, I spent far too much time looking for second hand.


*3 metres of angle (third of a length) from Surdex $110, I had to push a little to get these answers as a couple of guys said they wont sell part lengths. But it is a standard stocked size.

* 1400mm 125x65 mm channel, bought from a local engineering joint, $40 bucks

* Odd pieces of flat bar, scrap from around**

* 150x50 rhs and the parts from my friendly local second hand man, mates rates $20 bucks.

*RHS for the a frame, customer had that already.

Bolts and bits, from my collection of bibs and bobs.

The plans are copy righted, I have no need for them any more so if the wind blew them to queensland, I wouldn't be worried.
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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby motox » Sat May 13, 2017 8:57 am

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Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby Coldman » Sat May 13, 2017 9:32 am

That's the thing if I buy new I end up with odd sections on the rack when I'm trying to reduce bar stock. Still I have 5" channel on the rack that I would love to use up and I have 150x150 rhs that I could turn into 150x50 the hard way. The rest is not too bad to end up with an awesome folder. The angle is a bit of a pain.


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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby weldin mike 27 » Sat May 13, 2017 10:21 am

When i was looking for angle, i found so much 150x q0 angle it wasn't funny. That, with an inbuilt stiffener would do the job.
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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby Coldman » Sat May 13, 2017 9:25 pm

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Postby Otto Nobedder » Sat May 13, 2017 11:08 pm

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Regarding the forecast for prevailing winds, I would assume.

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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby Coldman » Sun May 14, 2017 12:00 am

Fine with a chance of showers


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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby Brettmm92 » Sun May 14, 2017 3:06 pm

I am really impressed!

I have two questions.. How do you adjust it for different sizes of metal, and may I see the plans?

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Re: Sheet metal folder, long awaited info/pics.

Postby weldin mike 27 » Sun May 14, 2017 7:30 pm

Brett,

The metal thickness is changed by the two T screws on the back edge, they are supposed to have a circlip on them but I didnt deem it apppropriate for this particular job (read: it didnt work) so we are going to drill and split pin them. They have a machined shoulder which pushes on the angle for moving forward and the pin drags it back,

Plans are here:

https://rorty.net/sheet-metal-folder
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