Anthony San Miguel
Here is a neat bending jig I found at the flea market today. The guy who sold it to me was a machinist who had all kinds of neat tools I wanted, including an unused set of Rockwell hardness tester files but I was on a tight budget and this was the only thing I HAD to have.

Anyways, I got his number to call him on payday! Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160227_194232.jpg, Views: 129, Size: 1.03 MB
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NorrinRadd
That looks really handy.
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jmccustomknives
I wouldn't mind finding one of those.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Kiwi tussock
Any chance of a side on photo?  I'd be interested in the dimensions of material that it can handle also.
Cheers.
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Anthony San Miguel
I'll take some side photos and measurements this evening. I'll also post pics of a few more of the goodies that I bought from the same person over the last few days. Meeting this person has opened up so many opportunities for me in my blacksmithing/bladesmithing endeavors and his story is fascinating! Getting to know him has really got the gears turning in my head. He's a very nice man with a degree in Metalurgy and tons of experience making/forging/casting fabricating things out of metal. Some of the things I've learned and seen over the past few days have been overwhelming and I have to try hard to keep myself from walking around with a stupid grin on my face!
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Kiwi tussock
It sounds like he needs to get on here to have a few questions of our answered ay. 
Isn't interesting when some one who has the technical knowledge comes to the surface. I also have a developing relationship with a chap who owns a local foundry and like you, I really enjoy the learning that goes on.   Its a worry when they retire though.  Then the local knowledge & general local skill base has pretty much all disappeared.  I suppose its the same in most Western countries. 
Here in NZ, because the older and larger manufacturing industries have become so small in number compared with pre the advanced importation of the Chinese manufactured sh.. and the locals need to see only instant gratification & feel the need / pressure as being needing to serve the parasitic Bank banking & our wonderful (oops sorry, spewing) tax depts, all run for the money to keep the fiends from the door.  When it comes to old knowledge, its subsequently pretty much vanished.  Its one reason why I am keen on collecting up as much old tooling as poss.  Learning how to use them is a mission though, hence I come here and pick the brains of a few local oldies.  It sure means that the noggin' aint idle and I must say that I get great enjoyment form all the learning. 
Good on you guys (& likely gals, I s'pose) for sharing your skills and ups and downs.
Cheers to ya all.
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Anthony San Miguel
Here are a couple of pics with a ruler for reference. I apologize for the long delay. I've spent very little time in my shop over the past few weeks. I started feeling sick, having a hard time breathing and focusing and eventually after two weeks feeling like this I had to leave work early to go to the ER. All the tests came back clear but my personal doctor is testing me for heavy metal in my blood, just in case.

I've brought alot of things to my garage over the past few weeks including oils and chemicals and I'm convinced that it's something I brought in that made me sick. Just don't know what it is yet.

Anyways, I feel alot better now and I'll post some pics of some of the goodies that I'm excited about. I still am not spending alot of time in my garage yet but I bought an outdoor storage to store all the items that are suspect until I can determine if it really was something I brought home that made me feel sick. Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160410_204127.jpg, Views: 38, Size: 1.82 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160410_204216.jpg, Views: 35, Size: 1.71 MB
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