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Jeremy Sipple
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Hi , I just stumbled unto bending. I was wondering where should i start ? i bent a 6 inch 60 d timber tie. It was a max effort bend. I can only handle a timber tie 3 times a week.Should i stick with these or try something a little easier so i can bend everyday?

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Jeremy

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hi jeremy what are you using to bend with i started with rags and now use leather and its ten times better have you tryed a grade 5 six inch long bolt you might like them better some of those deck nails are harder to bend . for some reason . ;)

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hi jeremy what are you using to bend with i started with rags and now use leather and its ten times better have you tryed a grade 5 six inch long bolt you might like them better some of those  deck nails are  harder to bend . for some reason .  ;)

Thanks Dan, I trried leather at a freinds house, but al li have is rags. I need to get some leather for myself.I never tried a grade 5 six inch bolt. I will give them a shot.

when you bend should it be a max effort bend or should you try to bend a easier piece explosively multiple times?

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Jeremy

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Jeremy, the grade 5 is probably a little to tough for you at this time, I would stick with timber ties and decrease bending to 2x per week, it is very hard to fight the urge. Work on volume, 1per workout now to 2 to 3 to 4 etc....The next step up would probably be 6inch grade 2 1/4 inch bolts... For something easier try some 6 inch 1/4 inch threaded bolts (thread all the way up on bolt). Keep up the good work.........Brett

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Brett, Is the ironmind bag of nails a good place to start for a beginner?

jeremy

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Both the IM bags and FBBC are quality stuff and allow room to grow for beginners, but both are kinda costly with the FBBC stuff being the better bargain. I would stick with the Timber ties and work on your volume, when you get up to 10 to 20 in a single workout you will be ready for some heavier stuff..A good buddy of mine used to do 50 per workout, this is how he built up his strength, now he bends 6 in FBBC stuff like butter....Next step is grade 2- 1/4 bolts, start at 6 inch and work your way down to 5inchers, this should have you ready for 60d commons (I would look around at several different stores and buy a few 60D's at each they vary widely in strength, I have found them as easy as some timber ties to harder than a grade 5 bolt)....Nails will be the best bang for your buck overall...Also you may want to try some 60D pole barn nails, if you can find the ones which dont break they are in my opinion the best things for beginners, but watch for the ones that break they are killers on the wrist......Some where on this site is a progression chart for bending, I think it is by David Ostlund, very good reference chart so you know in general what the next step is in progression, you might try a search and see what you can find on this site.......Good luck Brett

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Both the IM bags and FBBC are quality stuff and allow room to grow for beginners, but both are kinda costly with the FBBC stuff being the better bargain. I would stick with the Timber ties and work on your volume, when you get up to 10 to 20 in a single workout you will be ready for some heavier stuff..A good buddy of mine used to do 50 per workout, this is how he built up his strength, now he bends 6 in FBBC stuff like butter....Next step is grade 2- 1/4 bolts, start at 6 inch and work your way down to 5inchers, this should have you ready for 60d commons (I would look around at several different stores and buy a few 60D's at each they vary widely in strength, I have found them as easy as some timber ties to harder than a grade 5 bolt)....Nails will be the best bang for your buck overall...Also you may want to try some 60D pole barn nails, if you can find the ones which dont break they are in my opinion the best things for beginners, but watch for the ones that break they are killers on the wrist......Some where on this site is a progression chart for bending, I think it is by David Ostlund, very good reference chart so you know in general what the next step is in progression, you might try a search and see what you can find on this site.......Good luck Brett

wow! thnx alot.

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Walmart craft dept, they have some 8in by 8in squares, fold them in half and they work great after some break in....Bit pricey though. Ebay usually has the best prices...Brett

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Walmart craft dept, they have some 8in by 8in squares, fold them in half and they work great after some break in....Bit pricey though. Ebay usually has the best prices...Brett

again thnx alot for the help.

Today i got 3/16" cut them in to 7 inches folded once and it was easy. Then, i cut another bar into 5" and bent 13 of them(very addictive). I went back to home depot and bought 1/4" and cut them into 6"s im gonna bend them on my next work out.

by the way, i use hand towels.

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Really sorry for posting 3 times in a row. I have really big hands and when bending small pieces my knuckles seem to hit each other and its very difficult. anyone else with big hands have that same problem???

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I don't have big hands, but I have the same problem with 5" stuff. I just get my fingers out of the way from around the bar as the bend progresses.

Rolle

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