Brass Bending: A Makers Year 59

I know we don’t do ‘metal bashing’ as well as we do ‘wood bashing’, but this is pretty neat.

We needed to add a brass strip around a dining table we are making here at Rowden. The brass is about 3mm wide by 3mm deep, so it’s not so easy to bend. Our head maker Daren thought we needed to use a tool to stretch the metal and leave it in a permanently bent shape – and I don’t usually argue with Daren. So all we would then do is create the rebate on the edge of the table and glue the metal in there. After some tests we used PVA glue for this, with slightly roughened surface to the brass.

Pictured below is the tool we used – so simple it is verging on the brilliant. Simply adjust the positions of the three bearings to give the pressure you want by trial and error, then feed the brass strip through and it is bent to the radius you need.


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