Burn barrel jig prototyp’n
I’ve written more about this type of process here.
I needed to fabricate some legs for the burn barrels I’ve been commissioned to make. So I engineered this jig to allow me to take two foot long pieces of rebar and shape them to look like the images below and have a final vertical height of one foot after bending. There may still be some tweaks but anything at this point is refining. This is a good process that works well for consistent hand fabrication.
These picture with description is followed by a video of one being made (jump ahead a minute if you want to see the actaul bending happen). This was done in my workspace in North Portland, the day I left my iPod at home..
Here’s the first shot of just the jig without any bends on the metal.
Here’s the next picture with the metal bent around the base of the jig.
Here’s a picture after two additional vertical hand bends which wraps up the foot.
Here’s a final shot of two side by side, showing the usefulness of spending the extra time to make a jig. I can now consistently make one of these legs in less than 2 minutes,
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