Bill Wallace via Public-List
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Wed Sep 10 08:17:20 PDT 2014
The harbour freight hydraulic bender looks like it would be a better choice - the SS tubing is not easy to bend cleanly. The wooden bender I made worked, but was very hard to control the location and amount of bend, and also hard to avoid crimping the tubing. The harbour freight one is only $99 and comes with dies the right size for the tubing, which should mostly prevent crimping and form a nice radius. If you bent electrical conduit first, then you could use it as a comparison form to figure out how far to bend - just that the first bend would probably need a different amount of springback so you would likely ruin 1 piece of SS.
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:03:55 AM, Jeffrey via Public-List <public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:
I've looked at those Sailrite kits. I don't know enough yet about the
details to know if they are any good or not. Anyone on this list actually
seen one in person?
Bill, thanks for the advice on the tubing. I bet I could handle making up
something to bend tubing. Good idea. We don't have a Metals Supermarket
around here, I'd need to shop online or look for an alternative.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM, Bill Wallace <wayfarer3134 at yahoo.com>
> You could consider sailrite - they will bend the frames to your
> measurements and send them to you, cut into appropriate length pieces,
> which get re-assembled.
> Alternatively, I have bent SS tubing from metal supermarket successfully
> using a home made pipe bender. It is possible a bender for conduit would
> work (about $80 from Lowes). The problem with this is that you need to
> bend to the right angle the FIRST time - no real second chances, but the
> cost isn't unreasonable to buy enough pipe to learn on. You could also
> consider starting with metal conduit to get the angles/learning right, then
> move to SS. It is just that SS is MUCH harder and the spring back amount
> is different. If the conduit bender doesn't give you enough leverage, I
> would guess that putting a pipe over the handle to form an 8' handle would
> work. I have a spare piece of pipe at home and the conduit bender, so let
> me know and I can try and let you know if the conduit bender is strong
> enough to manage the SS.
> After you have the frame built, then there are lots of instructions on how
> to make the covering. Basically you tape a cover together out of rolls of
> pattern paper, then cut along the tape lines and use the paper as a pattern
> for your dodger.
> On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 10:20:18 AM, Jeffrey via Public-List <
> public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'd love to have a dodger for my boat, but the cost makes my hart stop.
> I've just been quoted $4800 for a dodger!
> Anyone have dodger frame they would be willing to part with? I may try to
> make my own.
> Seagrass. #116
> Boothbay Harbor, Maine
> Jeffrey Fongemie
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