How do you bend the wire for cages?

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  1. Laura Workman

    Laura Workman (formerly Laura Jensen) Supporter

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    I'd like to make a couple more cages, in addition to the ones I purchased, but have never been able to bend the 1x2 wire sharply. Does anyone have any hints for me, please?
     
  2. KSALguy

    KSALguy Lost in the Wiregrass Supporter

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    we alwasy used a board to lay on the top of the wire where we wanted the bend, then brought the other end up makeing the corner, use a hamer to make the bend nice and solid,
    or you can cut each side's squairs with a smooth edge and use what i think are called "u" rings to attach them nice and secure,
    both ways worked well for us.
     

  3. WindowOrMirror

    WindowOrMirror ..where do YOU look? Supporter

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    I guess I don't understand the question, from a couple of angles.

    A) Do you mean "how do you get a nice sharp 90 degree corner? If so, why do you want one? I use pliers, bend it farther than 90 degrees, and then bend it back on itself to straighten it.

    B) Do you mean "how" as in, pliers, fingers etc? If so, I always use my fingers... just made four this week.
     
  4. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty much how we do it. Instead of the hammer, we use
    another piece of 2 x 4. Sometimes I will stand on the board/wire
    and hold the wire up while my husband makes the "bend". This
    seems to work better and keeps the wire from slipping.
     
  5. Al. Countryboy

    Al. Countryboy Well-Known Member

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    I nail my two boards together with the wire in between. This way it doesn't slip. I am usually able to bend it part of the way by hand and then use a hammer to get a good 90 degree angle.
     
  6. Terry W

    Terry W Duchess of Cynicism

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    I go to my brother's shop and use a machine he has for bending metal :bouncy: Saves alot of wear and tear on me!
     
  7. rickd203

    rickd203 Well-Known Member

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    I don't bend the wire, I cut it into panels and put the cages together with C-clips. this way, it's easier to break them down for transport. It's also rasier to replace a panel.

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