I recently read an article somewhere about bending Z flashing using a piece
of plywood. It may even have been one of those "reader tips" in one of the
woodworking magazines. As I recall, you cut out the size of the bend that
you want in the plywood, secure it firmly, and then pull the flashing
through the other side.
Does anyone here remember seeing the article or know where it came from? I
tried searching for it among the magazine collection and online, but came up
I'd also be interested in any other techniques that are used short of buying
a brake machine.
Thanks in advance to those who post a reply to the group.
Peter - I am not trying to be a wise guy here, but why would you want
to make your own? You can buy a 10' stick of Z to accommodate many
different sizes of material for about $4.
I do a lot of repairs, and bend a lot of flashing. But unless you
know what you are doing with sheetmetal, it can be very time
consuming, tedious and the material unforgiving. In other words, a
Believe me, >>nothing<< made out of wood will give you crisp, perfect,
hard edges. That takes a real brake adjusted correctly, with clean
crisp fingers. Personally, with that in mind I never bend anything I
But... if you need a to bend your own metal to specific sizes, you can
DAGS a "homemade sheet metal brake", "hobby metal brake" and a few
other search phrases and come up with a ton of info.
The latest issue of ShopNotes has an article on building a sheet metal
Once you build it you can then make your own sheet metal shelves &
Well... I think that's probably what he was looking for, but I cannot
imagine how busy you would be pulling or extruding your own "Z" flash
through a piece of plywood.
Not to mention the rounded bends/corners.
I think you'd probably have to do it the way they do with roll forming
machines, and have a couple or three plywood dies. My local roofing
supply house has a nice antediluvian sheetmetal brake. A ton on the
hoof, easy, and it's free to use.
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