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How to Bend Metal With a Jig

A homemade jig can be used to bend sheet metal into almost any desired shape. Use these instructions to easily add beauty to a regular piece of sheet metal.

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homemade jig used to bend sheet metal
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut the Jig

Use a band saw to cut a curve or large groove in the circular or oval piece of stock. The size and shape of the curve are up to you.

use band saw to cut curve or large groove

Step 2: Finish the Jig

Wrap a piece of steel strapping around the edge of the jig, and screw it in place. Screw the jig in place on the scrap piece of flat wood.

finish the jig

Step 3: Wrap the Metal Around the Jig

Wrap sheet metal around the circumference of the jig and into the curve or groove. Continue wrapping the metal until you've bent it to the desired shape.

wrap sheet metal around circumference of jig

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