Thanks for the further info re: brushes. It was really bugging me to get one use out of them even if they are inexpensive. With most projects one has to wait till the top dries before doing the bottom so 2 brushes end up being used. Will try your solution as I also don't like having to buy and use thinners etc. We have an environmental fee (before taxes are added) and it can really mount up and I really hate waste.
Onward. The finish is dry enough to bend metal. I was missing a hook from one end of a rubber strap so found some scrap (0.185 in diameter round steel) and using the 1 in. diameter form managed to bend it into a decent hook. The smaller close hook on the other end was bent between two pins and then closed a bit in the vice.
With that success under my belt I went looking for victims to "bend out of shape". First was a piece of 5/16 steel round bar. It was bent around the 3 in. diameter form. It was a good pull to bend it but the jig did not complain at all. I flattened the top portion (hook side and opposite) with a file and drilled a couple of holes.
Next was a piece of 3/8 in. square bar stock (steel). It was also bent around the 3 in. form. Again it was a good pull but no problems with the jig.
In the interest of experimenting and contributing to our collective knowledge I pursuaded my better half to allow for the purchase of a length of flatbar out of our budget. (I jest as my wife is very tolerant of my hobbies). Decided that 3/4 in. x 1/8 in. flatbar would work well so bought 20 feet.
Once home I cut a piece long enough for two hooks and bent one end around the 2 in. form and the other end around the 3 in. form. The piece was then cut in half and the ends cleaned up. Two holes were drilled in the upper portion and voila, two very useful hooks were made.
A photo of the bends done so far:
Top left outside is the 5/16 round bar hook, inside it is one shown yesterday (7/8 in. x 1/8 in). Top right is the 3/8 in. square bar, bottom left is the 3/4 in. x 1/8 in. bent around the 2 in. form and to the right of that is the 3/4 in. x 1/8 in. flatbar bent around the 3 in. form. The piece on the bottom right is the .185 in round bar made into an S hook.
There are a few things that can be done to clean up the appearance of the hooks. Dipping them in liquid insulation (plastic dip) is one option as are painting them.
The jig will be very handy for any number of small metal items. It does not take up much room and I found the pins were nicely spaced so that there always seemed to be a suitable pair of holes to use depending upon the thickness of the piece to be bent.
The 3/4 in. x 1/8 in. stock is excellent for bending and I doubt that there would be problems with 1 in. x 1/8 in. There are limits however and I figure the 3/8 in. square stock is pretty close to that.
I've only scratched the surface as far as making things with this. It would be easy enough to make two piece decorative shelf brackets, handles for chests, L brackets for reinforcing corners of chests, etc. etc. A bit of practice would allow for some really decorative pieces.
I hope this is of some use. In case anyone wishes to get the plans they were in ShopNotes volume 12, no. 69.http://www.shopnotes.com/