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Thanks all! Just followed what I've seen on this post. Squished 1" square steel down to 1/4" with drawing dies 5x in one heat. Pretty simple build. Found the foot pedal on Amazon for a little over $20.

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On ‎3‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 4:59 PM, MacCrea said:

Thanks all! Just followed what I've seen on this post. Squished 1" square steel down to 1/4" with drawing dies 5x in one heat. Pretty simple build. Found the foot pedal on Amazon for a little over $20.

Can you link to the pedal you purchased?

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I think I'll have to come up with something similar over the winter time.

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I’ve been following this topic for a couple weeks and I’m the final stages of mine. I need to get some Grade 8 bolts and make brackets to hold the dies in place and to be removable.    Thanks to Thunder and everyone’s input and ideas!!

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I finally got my press frame welded up. I have not made the attachment for the dies yet. How are people locking the die plates in for the slide in method like pictured above? Does this require a screw or will a drop in pin suffice?

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On 12/21/2018 at 2:55 PM, Jonathanbradshaw said:

I finally got my press frame welded up. I have not made the attachment for the dies yet. How are people locking the die plates in for the slide in method like pictured above? Does this require a screw or will a drop in pin suffice?

Mine as of now just slides in, I feel a set screw of some kind would be best.   If u did a pin, u have the potential that it may/can get bound some how and won’t be able to remove the pin.

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What size square tubing are you guys using for these?

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On 12/27/2018 at 11:23 AM, AndrewB said:

What size square tubing are you guys using for these?

I used 2” x 2” x 1/4” wall for mine

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I'll have to find some because I'm strongly considering building one of these in the near future.  Just to save myself the hammering of steel to forge weld.

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How much does it cost to build a Press? It probably varies but can anyone give me a price range?

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15 minutes ago, Conner Michaux said:

How much does it cost to build a Press? It probably varies but can anyone give me a price range?

The a actual jack is $90 with coupon from HF,  tubing is going to vary.  If you have a local scrap yard or a welding/sheet metal shop nearby you can check with them. Otherwise from a metal distributor it’s prob guna be $100 or so for a full length stick of it.  

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