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    For anyone interested I have just made a 2 ton bench press for punching out blanks and doming.
    For me it saves thrashing about with a heavy brass hammer with the risk of bounce etc.
    I must add that I have a degree of arthritis in my hands so this saves my hands a bit.
    This unit is small compared with the commercial ones I could find and half the price of the cheapest on ebay. The more expensive ones range from £200 to £2000!
    I was lucky in that the aluminium section I already had in stock!
    Finally it works a treat!
    If anyone is interested I can make a cutting list and a plan but the basic dimensions are 25 cms wide x 45 cms high.
    You will need:
    1 metre of 50mm x 75mm x 5mm aluminium channel £55.00 ebay
    4 x 50cms of M12 threaded rod plus nuts and washers £18.60 Wicks / Homebase etc
    1 metre of 15mm copper tube £7.00 Wicks / Homebase etc
    Total £80.16
    Plus a few kilos of patience and a sense of humour

    Need ideally a bench drill, angle grinder with metal cutting discs, flat file, rat tail file, spanners for the nuts. Hand power drill and some drills bits, also for ease a riveter and rivets ,and of course some elastoplasts for cut fingers!

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    That looks fun. Has similarities to the press described in Susan Kingsley's book.
    (I went the welded route for mine, admittedly)

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    Yes would have welded but had the aluminium section and I donít have the gear to weld that.


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    There's no better feeling than using tools you've made yourself. Hope you have lots of fun. Dennis.

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    I agree with Dennis, also saves a lot of money, I am in the process of building myself a new press.

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    Oh ho, ho. Nobody noticed I didnít mention the actual hydraulic jack! Again ebay. Great choice. I chose one at £17.00. Still a lot cheaper than commercially available presses.


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    Picked the jack for mine at a local hydraulicks mob it was cheaper than the same item on Ebay $120, Ebay was $144 ( 20 ton )

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    For jacks, I'd usually suggest Machine Mart (on one of their periodic VAT-free days) but I don't think they go quite that low on price.

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    That's a great press ,looks smart too

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