You will be happy to learn that the footprint (the space it takes up
on your bench) required by a Bonny Doon 20 ton press is 6" x 16". It
would fit quite nicely into a small space. I would recommend that
you position it on a corner so you can easily view the press from
two angles, e.g. west and north, to check tooling alignment during a
You mentioned that you wanted a press to stamp out dies, but did not
specify what kind you are doing. There are several kinds, and most
of them can be done with this press. If you are concerned with the
ratio of functionality to space, I will say that there is no other
single tool in my entire studio, including my flexshaft, that has a
higher value in terms of enormous function in a little bitty area
then my 20 ton press. The sheer versatility of this system is mind
boggling. If you want to see examples, visit the
bonnydoonengineering.com and look in the gallery section and browse
the discussion group, particularly those postings with a little
yellow "attach" flag on the subject line as these include an image.
A hydraulic press won't just do your stamped dies for you, it will
do so much more that you'll wonder how you got along without it all
Also, as Sam Patania pointed out, there is a wonderful community of
press users who will help you understand and apply the tooling. When
you visit the discussion group on the Bonny Doon site, you'll see
that flow of in action.
Susan Kingsley's book is a good thing to have. You will also enjoy a
look at Phil Poirier's personal web site, which has lots of shop
and even animation and videos of press processes. He
works with Lee Marshall of Bonny Doon to develop tooling and to
adapt existing industrial press processes for use in the jeweler's
studio. His URL is poirierstudio.com.
If you have further questions about how a press might be useful to
you, please feel free to contact me privately.