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Metal Bender

If you ever need to bend a piece of metal, to make a clamp, for instance, you can achieve a somewhat-functional bend with a vise and pliers — but it takes too long and looks like crap. A better solution, the Veritas metal bender slips over most bench vise jaws to create bends between 180° and 90°.

The high-strength, cast iron die and v-block will bend up to 1/8″-thick mild steel. Veritas embeds 1/2″ rare earth magnets into each 3″ long by 1-1/8″ wide block to hold them securely on your vise jaws.  Besides bending angles, the male die by itself in a vise will hold concave parts, and with the v-block alone you can securely clamp circular stock.

Bender Diagram

This cool little vise accessory runs only $19 at Lee Valley.

Metal Bender [Veritas]
Metal Bender [Lee Valley]
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8 Responses to Controlled-Angle Bends With A Bench Vise

  1. Eric Kaplan says:

    I have a set of these, and I’ve used them for several years. The hardest part is getting the bend line exactly where I want it. But with practice, it can be done. Also keep in mind that the thicker material will require much more vise pressure (and, consequently, more ‘umph’ on the crank), so be aware of your vise’s capacity and your own strength. Despite this, for the money you can’t get a better bend anywhere.

  2. Jim K. says:

    Oh man, I’ve got to get me one of these! I was just doing a bunch of custom bend work in some thin sheet stock the other night and this would’ve made my life a wohle lot easier.

  3. scubasteve says:

    I’d suggest ponying up just a little extra and getting an honest metal brake. You can pick up a cheapie at HF for under $30. No, its not going to bend 14 gauge or anything larger than about 12″, but it’ll be more versatile.

  4. james b says:

    I’m with scubasteve on this. I got a HF brake, and with a little practice was able to turn out some complicated pieces (a receiver chute for my air hockey table). I got an HF ornamental bender as well, and it will put a nice 90-degree bend in 1/4″ flat stock.

  5. DLone says:

    I made a set like this with some angle iron and a little welding. No rare-earth magnets, and certainly not as pretty, but they work just fine.

  6. Rob Bowles says:

    Hi if wanting kit avauating then i,m your man for that i,m very choosey about what goes in my tool cabinet i don,t do cheap kit and that goes from hand tools right up to my mig tig and plasma cutter so boys and girls if your buying kit reseach it first to find out if its any good or not if you want good tools then pay that bit more and have peice of mind cheers

  7. bob pollard says:

    would like pricing on this angle bender for a bench vise

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