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Old 07-22-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Homemade Ring Roller and Porch Swing Built From It

A few weeks ago, I added a porch on to my house. Wife's request. If I ever want that bigger garage in the future, this was necessary.

So now the wife wanted a porch swing. And I've always wanted a reason to build a ring roller. Perfect.

I basically built it out of scrap I had around (except the bearings). And I overbuilt it. It happens. I just kind of designed it as I went.

Cut out side plates with a torch and cleaned them up on the mill. This would have been a good time to build that CNC plasma cutter but need more $$$. Would have saved a lot of time on the plates.





The rollers are 2.5" OD and 3" wide with a 3/4" shaft. The shaft will be the weak point. It happens. And I'm using needle bearings. Why 3" wide? It's what I had. And should be enough for what I'll need.





As I said, I didn't have much of a plan. It was built around a 12 ton bottle jack. Overkill but I had it.






As with all of my projects, it lets me practice welding without wasting.



Here it is.


And first up was a handle. You'll see the finished wheel later on. (should have made it a bigger diameter but it was the first thing I made on it).


It worked well. It rolled the 1/2" tubing very easily. Only problem is that it tracked all over the place which I expected. I tried doing some bumpers which you may see in some other pictures, but I don't like it. And I don't feel like milling out grooves. And locking collars are too expensive. So I dug deep into the pile of scrap and found a 2.5" ID 3.75" OD piece of tube (seen in a picture above). So I'll make my own later. For what I needed to do at this time, it worked fine.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: Homemade Ring Roller and Porch Swing Built From It

I also needed a bender. I made something similar for another project I'm working on. Yes, it's made out of aluminum but I had some scrap pieces that worked great. My lathe isn't that good to turn down a lot of metal quickly so any short cuts help. It is a 3" diameter die and the top half can be flipped to bend 1/2" tubing.

I had a rough idea what I wanted so I started building.





Using the new roller.....




Second bend....



Third bend....



Figured I'd give the top bar a little arch.



And this is where I'm at tonight.

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As per your Dozer build, neatly done.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:46 AM   #4
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Are you kidding me.....that's cool as hell. Keep the pictures comin'.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:58 AM   #5
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I would have loved to read about your project and seen the pictures - but I just can't keep scrolling back and forth like that....:SAD:

Maybe I can reduce the picture size at my end somehow?....
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:59 AM   #6
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That's really awesome. Thanks for posting the making of the tools. I would really like to put something together like that sometime.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:07 AM   #7
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I would have loved to read about your project and seen the pictures - but I just can't keep scrolling back and forth like that....:SAD:

Maybe I can reduce the picture size at my end somehow?....
Maybe you just need a BIGGER computer!!!
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Ah ha! - maybe I should give that a try - thanks....
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Great work on all of the above. Despite the tracking problem it looks like the ring roller is making some very respectable bends.

I'm looking forward to seeing the completed swing. Are you copying a commercial design or is this all from scratch out of the notebook?
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Is that a mill table I see holding down that tube bender??
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I would have loved to read about your project and seen the pictures - but I just can't keep scrolling back and forth like that....:SAD:

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Hold ctrl and then scroll the page smaller with your mouse and see if that helps you with the pictures etc. you should be able to make the page smaller and bigger that way.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:12 AM   #12
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Is that a mill table I see holding down that tube bender??


thats the only thing that made me nervous, slick side rails though!! nice work!
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:05 AM   #13
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Hold ctrl and then scroll the page smaller with your mouse and see if that helps you with the pictures etc. you should be able to make the page smaller and bigger that way.
Thanks HOTFR, that helps, but it makes the normal size pages smaller and there are issues with centering as well.

Oh well - time to get the manual out I guess - thanks again....
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Nice work ... AS ALWAYS!
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:45 AM   #15
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I love the ingenuity of your benders. Makes a great looking bend.
Square tubing is the worst to bend, specially a tight bend like that.

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You will find so many uses for that ring roller. I made mine just to make the cockpit surround edge on my car but have used it for dozens of other projects since, handwheels probably being the most common. Nice job on the roller and bender. On the bender, do you have anything that produces the depression on the inside of the bend or does it form naturally?
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holy crap that is nice. i wish i could walk outside and just throw together a bender on the spot.
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Thanks HOTFR8, that helps, but it makes the normal size pages smaller and there are issues with centering as well.

Oh well - time to get the manual out I guess - thanks again....
Well it works for me as I can see all the pictures then size it back to how I like to view the pages to read them.
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Its post like this is why I am here! I love this, you wanted to make something and you made a really nice tool to make it. I really envy the folks here who have such tallent. Good work. My wife and I took a vacation in Chattanooga TN on a old docked paddlewheel boat. They had one of the nicest porch swings I have ever sat on. I cheated by drawing out the side and took pictures. That way I could use it to make a pattern. But to start off like you did and first make a tool is talent. There is no shortage of talent on this site. I can't wait to see more pics, keep up the good work.
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great job...

"Hmmm...I need a tube bender and ring roller...I'll just go out and build one."

you can rule the world with skills like that.

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