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Re: O/T Anyone know how to build a cheap metal break?
Make a sandwich of a 2X4, a piece of steel angle, 2X2X3/16 would be OK - bigger is better, then your sheet metal, and another 2X4. Clamp it all together with big C-clamps. Then take a short section of 2X4 and a big hammer, and start beating the metal over the angle iron. Work slowly, just a few degrees of bend at a time, moving the C-Clamps frequently to get access. But don't loosen more than one clamp at a time.
With patience and elbow grease you can make a pretty nice bend. You'll make your job easier if you bend over an inch or so, and then trim the excess after finishing the bend.