Out of the rat-race at last
- Devon, GB
Not so much miss them, with me. I just tend to skip them completely if it's above a short sentence or two. Crap attention span.
I would heat the tube 'cherry red' and squash it in the vice (actually I'd do it in my 60 ton press but I'm assuming that you don't have a press!) - charcoal BBQ would easily do the heating.
Heed the good advice regarding location of the weld if it's not seamless drawn tube.
A lot of over-complication going on - its only a box handle. Take the above thin wall tube - squish, cold, in vice as suggested - more controlled, easier, than hammering - no marking too. Trim to length.
And as suggested - draw it out, work out the sequence and away you go - if I, as a mainly CAD jockey, can do it, then anyone with half a mind can I'd probably make the top first though, and make the rather easier lower section to match it.
Maybe just blast it, paint it, and re-present it back
With a box+pan folder, or press brake, with fingers sized to the job. So you can get in to fold the last two sides.
You cannot make it with a box and pan folder, fingers or no. The original has all four horizontal edges radiused (bent). A box and pan can give you only three of those four. The only welded edges on it are the vertical edges. Think about what was suggested: it equates to a seamless hexagonal tube with the ends bent down, welded up and then cut in half.
Before I leap in with "oh yes you can", you might have to explain your thinking in why you can't make the four sided box from one piece?
I hadn't spotted the folded corners I assumed the usual practice of folding spot welding tabs on each side, and folding the sides up from the base.
I assume the base is made seperately with fold-up tabs, and welded/brazed/spot welded in place?
Sorry. I did not explain very well. My original response was prompted by Mr PonyShoes comment that "If you want to get all the edges flush make it as one piece then cut it in half afterwards.".