Jeff, I just finished taking a class from Lee Marshall
(BonneyDoon Mfg) He has the best hydraulic press-made especially
for jewelry and metalsmiths.
The book that he recommended to read before the class, was Susan
Kingsley’s book “Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and
Metalsmiths” In the book there are pictures of a do it yourself
press and the Bonney Doon press along with a schematic on page
77 of how a press is assembled.
It also has wonderful reference tables in the back for cutting
the correct angle for each gauge of metal you use.
The book is a wonderful resource for examples of some of the
things you can do with a hydraulic press. It opens up a whole
new area of thinking.
You can get it at Amazon.com but it is probably quicker to order
it directly from Susan at 20-Ton Press P.O. Box 222492 Carmel,