Show Your Home Made Shop Press

Mark in Indiana

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20 years ago I had some free time at work and built a bench top press for pressing out wheel bearings. Built very simply with a double frame of angle stock, a 12 ton bottle jack and several pieces of heavy rectangular tube stock to set the workpiece height. Here is a picture below.

What home made presses do you guys have?
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Here's mine. It's built from the frame of a tie-rod hydraulic cylinder and steel blanking plates with a 30 ton hydraulic jack. I made it to try to make bicycle head badges from some ca. 1910 dies I found on eBay. It actually works pretty well with 90 durometer urethane sheets as the force. It is a little small to do much else with it, but it will squeeze the heck out of anything that will fit
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This press was made by my grandpa many years ago and still works great today, This is made of two pieces of I beam and a hunk of rail road rail for the top.
I was always amazed at my grandpa's ability to conjure tools out of scrap steel and car parts.

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I like that design Mike. Is the rod under the jack bushed fairly snug to keep it aligned?

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Those are some nice looking presses, all those adjustment holes drilled makes me cringe, I need a drill press before I'm building a shop press.
 

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Yes, 1/2" wall bushing the full depth of the cross beam. I need to add a table winch at some point. Since I reinforced the table after finding it's limit it's a real bear to raise and lower by hand. As an ironic side note I used the press to straighten the original table that I bent after going from a 12 to a 20 ton jack before reinforcing it. :) Mike
 
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