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I am working unitizing the gas system on one of my rifle and have decided to do the "Screw and Glue" method, first I wanted to bend the tabs that hold the Hand Guard up so I made a simple tool to do this. It is a 6" long piece of 3/8" bar stock that I drilled two 1/8" holes about .200" apart and drove in two pins I made from a dull 1/8" drill, after I annealed the front band and let it cool I hooked one pin inside the tab and the other out and rolled the tab until the outside pin snapped past the tab, it was just about perfect with out any other work, Now I just need another Gas cylinder to start the rest of it, I don't want to use the one on my rifle.

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Nice! Home made tools are the best, especially if they are good for only one task....serious.
Sure beats the punch and hammer.

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That looks like the kind of tool we use to take the endcaps off of many brands of suppressors. The endcaps usually have two holes, and it is simple enough to put two roll pins in a bar stock like you did. But I have never seen anyone make a tool like that to bend metal tabs. It's interesting that when the other pin turned loose, the metal was bent at just the right angle and right amount. Was that an accident, or did you plan the placement of the pins to do that?

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That looks like the kind of tool we use to take the endcaps off of many brands of suppressors. The endcaps usually have two holes, and it is simple enough to put two roll pins in a bar stock like you did. But I have never seen anyone make a tool like that to bend metal tabs. It's interesting that when the other pin turned loose, the metal was bent at just the right angle and right amount. Was that an accident, or did you plan the placement of the pins to do that?

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I kind of had a feeling it would work like that but I was not sure, I have made tools to bend things for the last 35 years for working on RC airplanes and as a metal fabricator/welder. I have made some benders for sheet metal that were 8 feet long for making the body panels on JR dragsters, working on Shelby Cobra's and doing brass work in casinos and custom homes.

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This is phenomenal “out of the box” thinking.....love me some hand made tools. Many of my generation, I’m 51, seems to have lost the knack or desire to be able to fix things themselves. Certainly many don’t have the skill or talent to make a tool to suit their needs.

Well done Sir and I thank you for sharing the idea.
 

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Sure, here you go...
Like I said you have to anneal the tabs before you bend them or they may break off, I used a propane torch to heat them red and let it cool.

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This is phenomenal “out of the box” thinking.....love me some hand made tools. Many of my generation, I’m 51, seems to have lost the knack or desire to be able to fix things themselves. Certainly many don’t have the skill or talent to make a tool to suit their needs.

Well done Sir and I thank you for sharing the idea.
I only have 4 years on you, I have made probably 200 tools to make metal do what i want it too, I made my own English wheel, a planishing hammer using a air hammer, I made a lot of tools to work on VW's, scroll bending jigs, I made my own forge and a bullet puller for pulling .50 BMG match bullet so as not to mare them.
The picture of the English wheel is in progress and buried in a two car garage after a move, most of my pictures are on my old computer and it wont reboot. I used to run a water jet machine and I made some really cool stuff with it!

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