More hairpin legs with new bender


I bought a metal bender a few weeks ago for $90 (I just noticed it’s actually on sale right now for $79, son of a bitch I want my $11) to hopefully make my projects a little easier. I’ve always just used a wheel clamped to my bench for all of the steel bending I do, which works, but this thing was only $90 and I figured I could return it if I couldn’t figure it out. I had to pretty much guess on assembling it because the instructions made no sense at all but the bender is pretty cool.

A friend of mine has been wanting to make a coffee table with hairpin legs and learn how to weld so we tried out the bender on those. It took about 20 minutes to make four hairpin legs and the bends were easy and came out perfect. The cool thing is, you can swap out the dies to get different radius bends. The only problem is, it doesn’t work with hollow tubing because it kinks it so I still have to make lamps the old-fashioned way but everything else should be alot easier now.


I know I’m welding toward myself here but I was at a weird angle. I usually leave the legs raw and just put clear on them but this time I painted them semi-gloss black. UPDATE: Here is the bench we made for the legs.

Hey guys I finally made an etsy listing where you can order hairpin legs from me. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for, email me. Thanks

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12 Responses to More hairpin legs with new bender

  1. Joe says:

    I’m trying to make some hairpin legs myself, but I’m wondering: how do you get the angled cuts on the bent rods, and how do you position them properly before welding?

    Thanks,
    Joe

    • Logan says:

      Hi Joe, I use a speed-square to make sure the legs are straight before I weld. You don’t really need to get the cuts perfect, you need a space for the puddle to go when you weld. Hope this helps you.

  2. Fed says:

    Great Job on the hairpin legs!. Im thinking about buying the same pipe bender and I was wondering if you can bend 1/2″ steel pipe with it as well? Also, i noticed that you made your own bench bender when you were bending the pipe for your “potence” lamp. Would you mind sharing how you set up your workbench? What bend die did you use?

    Great work by the way on all your projects!

    Thanks,
    Federico

  3. Harvey says:

    If you pack sand into the hollow tubing you should be able to bend them without any kinks. Try it out and let me know if this works for you!
    Like the blog.
    Best,
    Harvey

    • Logan says:

      Thanks Harvey! I’ve heard of that method before but haven’t tried it. I actually modified by bender to make non-kinked bends.

  4. Steve says:

    I’m gonna go out buy that bender…would you mind letting know where I could pick up a die for hollow tube….or how you modded yours?

    • Logan says:

      I actually found a random part laying around that worked, but you could have a machine shop modify it for you. Good luck!

  5. Kate Murphy says:

    can you make you me 4 40″ hairpin table legs

  6. CJ says:

    Hey Logan

    I’m trying to make these, too, but I’m gonna have the ends of the legs go straight into the wood. What angle would you suggest? I know there’s probably trig involved but I can’t remember any of that…ha

  7. Patrick says:

    What is the width at the bend… That is to say, how sharp can you make the bend with this tool. Can the bend be as tight as a 1.5″ outside diameter at the bottom?

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