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Old 06/23/03, 03:33 PM   #1
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bending diamond plate

I am making a tunnel cover. I need to know how to bend a nice sharp line. I was thinking to score it on the back side. Heat it up. Then use the edge of a 2x4 to bend against. any other ideas?

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Old 06/23/03, 03:39 PM   #2
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Put it in a vice, then bend.

Sure hope its only around 1/8" or less though.

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Old 06/23/03, 03:39 PM   #3
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got a table saw? make a jig!
 
Old 06/23/03, 03:48 PM   #4
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Re:bending diamond plate

Well it is just the aluminum plate. not the steel kind.

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Old 06/23/03, 04:30 PM   #5
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damn.. aluminum huh... i'd be afraid of it cracking.. lots of heat and some slow bending over an angled peice of wood
 
Old 06/25/03, 10:38 AM   #6
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Re:bending diamond plate

I would check out the "Eastwood Company" website/catalog. They have a nice array of specialty tools for custom fabricating. I've seen a tool just for bending sheet metal in there that maybe, (MAYBE!) used to bend diamond plate. I would also be careful about the cracking issue as stated above.
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Old 06/25/03, 11:51 AM   #7
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Re:bending diamond plate

This can get ugly real quick using heat to bend aluminum, you may end up with a huge hole blown right through it. lay it out and mark your pieces and take them to someone with a metal break and have them bend them for you, should only cost a couple of buck and end up with nice straight bends.

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Old 06/25/03, 01:19 PM   #8
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Re:bending diamond plate

[quote author=77TexasBronc link=board=5;threadid=19154;start=0#msg147538 date=1056563510]
This can get ugly real quick using heat to bend aluminum, you may end up with a huge hole blown right through it. lay it out and mark your pieces and take them to someone with a metal break and have them bend them for you, should only cost a couple of buck and end up with nice straight bends.

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Yeah I am thinking about invading Toby's Garage (the winner of Top Trucks) he has a sheet metal bender, and he could help my weld my roll bar...and all the other stuff we can do to get my bronco set to hit the trails.

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Old 06/25/03, 09:21 PM   #9
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Re:bending diamond plate

What ever you do dont heat aluminum and try to bend it.Find someone with a really good sheetmetal brake and bend it backwards.Pressure on the smooth side not the diamond plate.You can get a 90degree bend but dont try to go much futher it will break.
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Old 06/25/03, 10:37 PM   #10
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Re:bending diamond plate

I did a lot of DP on my bronco and was able to do the short peices by scoring them, and then put them in a vise between two piecs of angel iron, and bend them. For larger pieces, you are better off taking it some place where they have a break, and let them do it. I have pics of my bronco on page 45, 4th one down. Have fun.
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