by Ed Claypool

One day in the shop I needed a particular curve. I didn’t want to create the curves free hand.  I considered making a form so that the multiple pieces would be identical. I checked my swage blocks but they were not the curve I needed.  No Luck.  I turned around and saw the dies for angle iron-flange outward for the Hossfeld Bender.  I found the perfect size, so I set about making a holder for my anvil. 

One great advantage in its use is that there is not other part of the swage block in the way as long as you are working across your anvil. This is easy to make and very useful.  Have fun!


1 piece of 3 x 1/2” flat-7” long

1piece of 1 1/2” x 1/2” flat—5 1/2 “ long

2 pieces of 2 x 1 flat 1 3/4” long cut 45 degrees (1-45 degree cut makes 2 pieces)

1 hardy to fit anvil 

Weld 1 1/2 x 1/2 “ placed 1/2” edge on the flat of the 3 x 1/2” along the back edge 

Lay Hossfeld die curve up with flat side against 1 1/2” x 1/2” flat

 Insert the flat under the die with the 45 degree side against the weld.  Make sure not to put welds in the way of the die.  Weld hardy onto flat (bevel first or plug weld through hole from above and grind.              



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