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Old 08-21-2008, 07:17 PM
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Default 5 point star

OK, you guys have me working on the 5 point star.
Layout is no problem. The trouble starts when I try to form it.
How do you keep the center from distorting?
What type of brake do I need?
What gauge of metal is best?
I'd like to make some and my daughter would like to decorate them.
I have made several of them out of 30 gauge galvanized; but they don't turn out right and they won't sit flat.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:32 PM
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Dad........I made one just for the halibut...You have to reverse the bend opposite the point by hand..I used a hatchet stake. You really need an open ended press brake. Then you wouldn't have to bend all the way across & then rebend...
You could build one with a small hydraulic press and an angle iron die or one of those ratchet thingys..You have to play with it..All the angles have to be alike to sit flat...
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:56 PM
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Hello bordontn2!! - Thanks for the quick reply. I knew I was missing something. I have never used an open ended brake. Can you or anyone else provide more information? (pictures etc.)
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:05 PM
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Any standard aluminum siding brake is an open ended brake. I have a heavy duty one and I find it very useful when I make use of the open ends for bending impossible shapes.
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It depends on what the finished product is to be. if it is to finish on a flat sheet then you can tack solder it. I stacked and cut my patterns on a bandsaw to assure they were all the same and then tack soldered them on my plan view metal drawing toassure they were true as they were assembled.
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