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Press / Brake - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:06 pm

Ok... Where I was working... They were throwing out LARGE pieces of steel in the scrap bins...

I asked if I could buy some of it ( at scrap prices )

My Supervisor asked , what are you going to make ?

I said "I don't know".... But I'll think of SOMETHING !!!!

Anywho, I didn't have a "Press"... and since we were going to be moving

up North to the cabin... I thought I could also use it as a "Log Splitter"

The Company had a special "Drill Press" that drilled "4 inch Channel "

through both Flanges... So , I took advantage of that during Break and Lunch time.

You can see I needed to "Splice" the channel to get the length I needed...

Oh... Did I mention... They told me NO CHARGE for the steel... FREE !!!!

I made the press in pieces... and Bolted it together at home...

I bought a 20 ton pneumatic /Hyd Jack ( About $90 bucks at HF )

The way the Jack is attached at the top , it's loose enough to slide either way...

It doesn't need to be in the center.

The cross channels that are used as the pressing platform... Adjust up or down

by moving the Pins that fit into the Flange holes...

The Platform was made a PINCH wide.... and it locks the pins in place by

sandwiching the washer that's welded on each pin... a little safety feature.

I made two sets of pins...

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Press and Log Splitter (1).JPG
Press and Log Splitter (3).JPG
Press and Log Splitter (4).JPG
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Re: Press / Brake - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:13 pm

Instead of using the Jack handle to release the pressure...

I made a knob out of Chromemoly tubing and a washer...

I put some grind gouges in it for grip... ( Works very good )

You can see the press moves side to side...

Gotta Fly...
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Press and Log Splitter (11).JPG
Press and Log Splitter (9).JPG
Press and Log Splitter (10).JPG
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Re: Press / Brake - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:18 pm

When I first tried this... I thought it would crush the can better...

Actually... It will... I noticed later that I was out of "Stroke"

In fact , I need to make a STRONGER cross platform , because it BOWS this 3 inch one...
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Press and Log Splitter (12).JPG
Press and Log Splitter (13).JPG
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Re: Press / Brake - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:23 pm

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Here's a cool attachment...

I've scrounged up a few "Brake" parts over the years...

and I put together a small Brake.... using my press...

The bottom die can flip over ... Big or small "V"

For strength... the tubing was a heavy wall Chromoly...
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Press Accessory (1).JPG
Press Accessory (2).JPG
Press Accessory (3).JPG
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Re: Press / Brake - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:35 pm

Here it is in action...

I've made a lot of brackets for shelves in my shop

The material in these pictures is 7 ga ( 3/16" )

Nice , clean bend... The picture doesn't look "90"

It "Does" press and OVER press 90

Someday...( yeah ) I'll make a Longer Brake... maybe 12 inch across...

It could be longer and still fit in the press... It might be restricted bending

thicker pieces that long...
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Attachments
Press Accessory (4).JPG
Press Accessory (5).JPG
Press Accessory (6).JPG
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