You’re so funny… Thanks for your earlier vote of confidence. I’ve never seen or heard of a “fly press”… Don’t think they are all that popular in the US. I do have an Arbor press, but I’d really love to have an hydraulic type. Too expensive right now, though and not likely to find one of those used at a good price… But I keep looking anyway.
And BTW I have found several “third hand” vises for sale; some restored, most needing work. Seems they are/were very popular in Iowa. I’ll need to learn a lot more about jewelry making before adding one of those to my studio .
As to the above table… It is so much safer than what I currently have and it will take a lot more abuse than I’ll likely ever give it to crack the welds. It is classified as an “industrial” grade table.
The mfgr website posts the “shipping weight” for this specific configuration as 175 lbs; I’m guessing that # includes crating, so table likely weighs over 100 lbs. Add 75-100 lbs of equipment on the opposite end of the table. And one or two 2" x 12" planks for a large shelf below.
I think this table should safely suit my current needs and will pick it up this week. That said, I’ll be watchful of the welds and may try to add some diagonal bracing.
As usual, thanks to all for commenting,