Here are my "Poor Mans Tools". I have seen several others using thinner metal and having problems with deformation, I think that thicker metal makes a big difference in getting crisp bends and keeping the flat areas flat, especially the bottom.
I went to a scrap metal dealer and bought as much as I could find in different sizes and lengths @ $0.30/ #. After much contemplation, reading and a few ideas from others,
this is what I came up with. Cost wise, I have less than $15 cash invested.
I started out making all my bends with a 4# hammer, which worked pretty well but was time consuming. After more contemplation, I got some box tubing, 4 long bolts, 16 nuts, drilled some holes and came up with this.
I thought about welding it all together, but decided not to.
If I ever needed to loosen or tighten it up, I can, or if for some reason it warped during welding, or if it spread out from use... I would not be able to adjust it.
(more pics to come, 16 in all, Please stand by)