Over the past several months, I fabricated a small benchtop 20-ton hydraulic press from steel (actually 3). I am not a jeweler, but my partner is. She was looking to buy one and I thought I would take it on as a project to build one instead.
I did a lot of research looking at what is out there and for written plans. I realized that there really were not any substantial plans out there for someone looking to do it themselves, which was surprising to me. This press is not a new design, but improves on a few plans that I have seen.
I decided that others may benefit from having a decent document with a materials list and instructions to work from, so I spent the time to do that (download below). I hope this document helps others to build one too. The Ganoskin Orchid forum seemed like the right place to post it!