My Christmas Present & a nice addition to my bench !
My husband made me a small ( ? ) hydraulic press for Christmas .
It wasn't a surprise, because we discussed what I wanted it for , and so I knew he was making it. Oh, and I got to choose the color .
I've recently been working on making metal beads & the larger discs were a little much for our 3 ton Dake Arbor Press, so we decided that a 12 ton jack would be a good compromise . I think it will also be fine for using some non-conforming dies . And since I already do a fair amount of etching, I wasn't too worried about embossing.
He built it around a 12 ton Harbor Freight "stubby" jack, to try and keep the overall size more compact. It really was his own design, as I haven't seen anything quite like it on the web.
It's all 3" structural steel channel , with an extra 1/2" X 2" brace across the top.
He used 1/2" plate as platens and made a tool holder for the upper platen so I can put anything with a 1" shank in it & he says he'll make me some adapters for anything smaller. And we even found the springs at the local " Re-Store".
It weights in at 57 lbs, so to me it doesn't seem that "small" - but it's still bear-able to huff up onto my bench.
Anyway, it seems to work perfectly & I like it.
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