Hemmings Motor News Blog Blog

Hemmings Motor News Blog

Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

Previous in Blog: Which Insect-Named Automobile Would You Choose for Your Dream Garage?   Next in Blog: Long Before the Mini, Marmon-Herrington's Transverse-Engine Front-Wheel-Drive Vans Made the Rounds in the US
Close
Close
Close

Video: Building Your Own Tools Takes DIY to the Second Power

Posted June 20, 2022 8:59 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: car maintenance Tools

Any do-it-yourself (DIY) project takes the right tools to accomplish, and auto restoration and modification require very specific tools — many of which are expensive (or, on the flip side, too cheap), bulky, ineffective or otherwise not well-suited to the gearhead looking to build or restore a car at home. Unsurprisingly, then, plenty of DIYers have taken to building their own tools tailored to their needs and budget. This is part of a tradition going back to the Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Mechanics days, except these days DIYers post their projects to YouTube. Let's take a look at a few for inspiration.

Perhaps the most common DIY tool build out there is the sheetmetal brake, if only because it's simple, it doesn't require many other tools to create, and it produces high-quality results for the amount of effort put into it. Bob at I Like to Make Stuff built a relatively straightforward brake that can be clamped to a workbench instead of bolted to a stand that constantly gets in the way. He explains in easy-to-understand terms the how and the why of putting it together. Another good one is Colin Furze's, which he mounted inset to his workbench, and there are bigger and more extreme DIY brake projects out there worth checking out.

If this is your bag of cats, you might have heard by now that it's possible to build your own stick welder from microwave oven parts. This is true, and again, there are plenty of videos out there showing just how to do that, though don't try to attempt any high-voltage projects like these without knowing what you're doing. Rather than build a case out of wood, as this guy did, you might want to consider bending some sheetmetal using your DIY metal brake.

View more videos like this.

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.
Guru
Popular Science - Cosmology - Let's keep knowledge expanding Engineering Fields - Retired Engineers / Mentors -

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: North America, Earth
Posts: 4361
Good Answers: 104
#1

Re: Video: Building Your Own Tools Takes DIY to the Second Power

06/20/2022 11:27 PM

I made a similar metal brake with hinges also. Mine clamps into a vise. I just use 1 or 2 crescent wrenches as the handles.

__________________
“I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” - Richard Feynman
Reply
Reply to Blog Entry
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Previous in Blog: Which Insect-Named Automobile Would You Choose for Your Dream Garage?   Next in Blog: Long Before the Mini, Marmon-Herrington's Transverse-Engine Front-Wheel-Drive Vans Made the Rounds in the US

Advertisement