View Full Version : Barnet Williams Seat 1: Tube Bender Health Nil.

08-05-2015, 08:59 AM
So the Zombie-fest made it patently obvious that "fat-boys" and "Skinny" Hard Shell seats are not a comfortable combination.

Today I started the process of making the frame for the mesh seat.

To say "I made a mesh of it" would be a little unfair as I did get as far as my first seat rail.

I was expecting to have to have a few "go's" at it TBH but I think I am effectively stalled (until I buy or rent a floor-standing bender).

http://s5.postimg.org/75wke4t7n/WP_20150805_13_41_50_Pro_highres.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/75wke4t7n/)

The bending set I acquired quite cheaply on flea-bay was not anticipated to be "dreadnought class" in terms of its robustness, and this has sadly proved to be the case.

But! It was not the die-former, the central pin or the follower itself that failed it was the stud that screws into the follower and onto which you attach your leverage bar.

http://s5.postimg.org/ijj3pc3qb/WP_20150805_13_41_19_Pro_highres.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/ijj3pc3qb/)

However, using this bender in a vise is hard work in many ways so I shall probably re-group and try again with a hired conduit bender.

It is all good learning. I have 11 Metres of steel left to have further attempts with.

08-05-2015, 10:44 AM

that seat frame looks pretty promising!

08-11-2015, 10:40 AM

The score is now two-nil to the seat, as it has broken two benders now.
The first bender has a broken retaining finger (snapped the casting).
The second bender did not produce a single bend (> c.4-degrees) before the arm held in the vice just folded.

So, I have gone off to "sulk" for a while and arrange alternative ways of getting her done.
A proper 3/4" Hickey stick-bender is en-route to me here BNIB (Old stock) from the U.S. and I shall wait till I get it before resuming this little sub-project.

I shall continue then. :-)