How to Roll the Edge on Sheet Metal

Sheet metal is a piece of metal that is pressed flat to form a thin sheet.
Sheet metal can be rolled.Sheet metal can be rolled.
It comes in a variety of sizes, depending on the type of application for which it is used. Sheet metal is often used for ductwork and refrigeration, but can also be found in arts and crafts. It is possible to roll the edge of a piece of sheet metal to form it into a circle. This will make it look like a pipe so it can be used for other applications.

Step 1

Lay a piece of sheet metal onto a flat surface. Measure the width of the direction that you will be rolling, using a tape measure. Record the measurement. Obtain a piece of metal piping that is 2 feet longer than the width of the sheet metal.

Step 2

Measure and mark four equally spaced holes on the sheet metal, using a black marker. Drill the holes, using a 1/4-inch metal drill bit.

Step 3

Line up the pipe with the holes on the sheet metal and drill into the same locations on the pipe.

Step 4

Lay the sheet metal over the pipe and secure the two together with sheet metal screws. Slide a washer over the screws and tighten them with a wrench. Repeat the process for all of the holes.

Step 5

Lay the sheet metal flat, with the pipe facing up. Ask an assistant to grab one end of the pipe while you grab the other. Roll the pipe over the sheet metal. Grip it firmly until a complete turn of the pipe has been made and the edge is rolled. Loosen the screws holding the pipe in place. Remove the pipe. Repeat the process for any other pieces of sheet metal that need to be rolled.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Black marker
  • Drill bit
  • Power drill
  • Sheet metal screws
  • Washers
  • Adjustable wrench

About the Author

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.