The problem was how to bend the plates of 5/8″ thick steel exactly where we wanted it. After some colorful discussions and several sketches on lunch bags and knapkins, ace designer and fabricator Leonard Jones built a jig for the bending operation using a few pieces of steel and a handy 350 ton hydraulic press. We decided to give it a try.
5/8" thick steel plate for fabricating new furnace bearers. These had been sheared to approximately 16 by 16 inches.
Leonard staging the plates prior to the bending operation. Forklifts make handy work stands!
To ensure that the plates wouldn't resist our efforts to bend them, the plates were heated to a dull red with a Mapp gas torch. Al Dipaolo heating.
Sliding the heated plate into place
Down comes the press...
In full production. Notice completed plates to the right rear.