Yeah, we use our shops (primarily) for woodworking, but most of us have other things going on in our shops too. In my case, I recently had to bend some metal rod for a shaving horse project. Do you want to know how to bend metal? We’ve got you covered. Let’s turn up the heat on this topic.
Don’t put that chunk of soon-to-be-hot metal in a vise with wooden jaws. Your best bet is a metal vise. Even though we’re going to be heating an area well away from the vise, the entire rod is going to get pretty warm.
Your vise can act as a HUGE heat sink, so keep the spot you’ll be torching as far from the vise as is practical. If you don’t the heat you’re applying to the rod you’re trying to bend will migrate to the vise, and you’ll waste a lot of gas heating stuff you don’t need to heat.
When you want to bend metal, you’ve got to get it hot. Red hot. Like a chili pepper. The best way to do this is with a torch, available at home centers or online. (I love the self-igniting kind) You can use a propane tank or MAP gas to fuel the torch. MAP will get you to the finish line faster than propane, but they’ll both get the job done.
Expanding your Repertoire
Now that you know how to bend metal, you can look for cool ways to incorporate this skill into your upcoming woodworking project.