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Hello, Looks like I'm getting close to making my first major purchase, a hydraulic forging press. I'm pretty much settled on the Coal Ironworks 16 HP C -Frame largely for the following reasons: 1. Money 2. I have a general blacksmithing student who is missing part of her right leg and hip - so she is wheelchair bound. C Frame theoretically will be easier for her to work around from a variety of angles.Also have plans for the ramp so she can safely access the press to work there. 3. Shop is 110v and in residential neighborhood - got to be quiet!! That said, I'm not making a
Right now my Uncle Al's forging press only has flat dies, and I really need to make some other dies for it. What I want to make first is a set of drawing dies, but I figure why just make plain drawing dies when i can make a really nice set of dies with built in stops, and with adjustable orientation. This will let me use it in one direction for drawing, in the other for forging fullers, and the stops will let me ensure I never accidentally squish too much. I'm starting with a piece of 2 inch shafting that I had laying around. I know that dies wear out eventually, so my plan is to ma