Jump to content
I Forge Iron

Bending bar


Recommended Posts

Glad you like it.

It works. I tried it.

As to using my idea, let's face it I am probably using somebody else's idea. That is what we do when we keep in touch : we see the good, the bad, the ugly. I am glad that you see the good in this tool. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Neat idea. I've made a couple of scrolling wrenches, and I think I'll give this a try. One idea, though (that I'll let you know if it works), is to make the main part of the tool from rectangular stock with the right-angle bend done the hard way; that will require a longer tenon on the inner piece, which will give more resistance to bending.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I planned on forging one from round 5/8" for stock up to 11/16". I'll wait for your experiment.

As for the resistance, I bent 5/16" cold with it to try. It was fine. With hot stock I do not think that the tenon would give. But as I said, I'll wait.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Very nice design.  I'm always looking for unique ways to incorporate different techniques into a project just to keep things fresh.

The last fork I made, i used tenoned lugs like you did and it's holding up very well.  No looseness at all, and I've used it to bend about 100 5/8" railroad spikes into hooks.  I wouldn't worry at all about a peened tenon working loose over the ages.   Initially, I just peened them to hold everything in place while I welded them permanently, but the things are rock solid and I've never seen the need to weld them.


I need a fork for some smaller stock, so you can expect your notion to be borrowed!  Thank you for the inspiring design!


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Greetings All, 

      I have a bunch of bending forks but have a few favorites that are easy to make.  The big one is 3/4 stock with 3/4 round bar offset on opposing sides for heavy duty jobs. The others are straight on forks from 1/2 and 3/8 round bar.  The 3/8 one slides through the 1/2 for leverage. The straight on ones are great for adjusting scrolls and elements in a gate fence or fireplace screen., Have fun 

Forge on and make beautiful things 



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...