DIY Sheet Metal Brake 72 inch wide, cheap method.

In this video I show how to build a metal brake with a 72+ inch working capacity. The unit as shown is approximately 82" tip to tip, has a working surface height of 33.5" and has a clearance between hinges of approximately 74". The metal being bent at the end of the video is a 60" scrap of .040 (1mm) 5052 aluminum. The concept can be scaled up or down to accommodate your needs. This is a simple design that can be built in an evening. I show how to square the brake as well as how to build inexpensive, durable hinges that will handle the stress of bending. A comparable commercial brake would cost $4000+. This can be built with $150 in steel at 2013 prices.