Hello everyone. I've been lurkin' for awhile. This is my first post. I bought some aluminum rod stock from Lowes:
Steelworks Aluminum Round 1/4" x 3' (Hillman Group Item # 11270, Aluminum Round)
Steelworks Aluminum Round 3/8 x 3' (Hillman Group Item # 11273, Aluminum Round)
I have read a number of posts here about the need to anneal aluminum rod before bending if it has been tempered. First of all, does anyone know the specs of the above materials? Are they tempered and in need of annealing before bending a 3/4" radius 45 and 90 degrees? Also there is some disagreement about the annealing procedure. Should I heat just the bend areas or the whole thing? In either case, at what sustained temperature? Should I quench or cool slowly at room temp? Ductile and tensile strength are not important, rather, aesthetics are more important, plus I'd rather not break the material.
I forgot to add:
Has anyone tried this Harbor Freight Tubing Bender to bend solid aluminum rod up to 3/8"?