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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’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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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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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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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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First off, I just wanted to thank everyone who posted on this thread! This was a really fun build, and the advice/knowledge on here defiantly made the whole process a lot smoother. I did add a pneumatic cylinder for the manual release valve. It was kind of a pain to set up and get right but well worth it. The return spring inside this particular cylinder was not strong enough to lock the valve into the closed position, so I had to add additional springs.IMG_6709.JPGHad to add yet another additional spring to help close the valve. Also added some aluminum slag shields. IMG_6715.JPGMission success!! Tested it out on a Damascus billet. Squared it all up and drew it out! Thanks again!! 

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This is great I already have the jack so building the rest of this SHOULD be fairly straight forward :D

I have a cheap 115 volt MIG welder that I hope will work I do have a 220V Lincoln stick but my shop is not wired for it yet. 

Now I just need to start scrounging for steel, or just bite the bullet and buy it. 

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N5esxjc.jpg?2I started mine and I realized my jack is a 30 tonne and has a little bigger bottom on it but I can still make it work I think I have 8 ft of 1"x2" I can add to the side of my base to give me the extra area. 

Great inspiration in here keep it up :D

I have a pic but I can't seem to post it.....Got it LOL 

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Thing move slow in my world, I got a different plan set up and some bigger tubing. 

I got a new welding helmet and I can now see what I am doing and I also picked up a stick/DC TIG welder and I have been using the stick for everything now and love using it. 

Here is the progress on my press I just need to weld the anvil base on top and bottom and tidy up the rest of the welds and hook up a something to release the air. Then build some dies but steel is getting hard to get here :(

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This is a great thread with lots of input to help all, obviously it has. 
I finally got “the” HF jack on sale and will build the press for myself. I want to add the foot press and I want to feather the pedal, so I can press and move fairly rapidly. Want type of foot pedal / valve is best. “Poor Man’s Hydraulic Press” input was very helpful especially on the Bimba cylinder but I still want to be exact before I purchase (and yes schematics explanation help!) because I know absolutely “jack-sheet” about this stuff

Kind thanks to all!
Gary LT

"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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@Gary LThere's a shot of mine. It was very useful. I'm not sure about moving rapidly with the foot pedal but probably 2 or 3 squeezes per heat. I used 1 1/2×3/16 square tube,top cross bar was 1/2×2 flat bar.I tried to leave the top removable but kept breaking bolts. After welding the top cross bar on I had no more problems. Here are some of my dies and you can see what I connected to the pressure release. I like to think I weld better now :huh:

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Hey there @Gilbert McCann! Thanks and the photos are clear, especially the dies as they are designed which I like.

My problem is I want to use the foot pedal to control all the action up and down on the press. Which means I need a Bimba cylinder with clovis coupling to turn the exhaust valve quickie to release cylinder pressure and down action occurs all with the foot pedal. Then using same foot pedal, go back up. My ignorance is 1) What foot pedal will work best as a “3 way pedal described pressing down to turn the Bimba and release the cylinder pressure (goes down). Then I assume you stop pressing the pedal and the jack (goes up.)

 

HERE IS THE LINK FROM AN EARLIER POST IN THIS TOPIC

https://www.spacmo.org/Press.htm

 

I see the set up however I am total clueless how to hook one up…………is a 4 way pedal better suited? Or something else??
That’s where I am lost!

Gary LT

 

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