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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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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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Extra springs!!!! I ran into the same problem with the return spring on the pneumatic cylinder not being strong enough to close the valve. I had been trying to determine if there is a way to adjust the spring tension. 

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