bending 3/8' 1018 flat bar steel
I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to bend 3/8"x1 1/2" steel to a specific radius. The length of the piece is 46", and I was thinking I could do the following: Make a concrete form 2" high in the shape of a quarter circle (to the radius of 23"....would look like a pie slice). Weld two eye hooks at the ends of the steel. Then, using a weed torch, heat the steel until glowing red. Then bend it around the concrete form using two come-a-longs attached to the eye hooks at the ends. Finish it by drenching it with water to harden and set the shape. Any ideas? Comments/Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!