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    Hay Papajohn,
    What size tubing did you use?
    Looks like 1 1/2 or 1 1/4 X.188 wall...
    I like that !!
    Did you make a rack to store the press's
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    O-W, the tubing is part of Crusty's setup, not mine. I'm sure it's a size you're readily familiar with. As for storing extra presses, I just C-clamp the ones I'm not using to a nearby hunk of shelving until I need them, then swap them out in a matter of two minutes.

    Rockridge, you came up with a few of the same ideas I did, and outlined them better than I would have. A template that included locations of mounting holes for most of the current presses would be an awesome idea! If you look at the first picture in the opening post above, you'll see what Lee has done.......you get one wood mounting base already drilled for all their standard presses, and two more blanks. Figure out which holes you'd use, copy their locations onto a blank, drill it out, and mount your press. A paper template (as you pointed out) would be even simpler, and a lot cheaper. Simple is Good.
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    Old Welder,

    The tube used on the system pictured is 2" square tube and 1 1/4" square used for the male portion.

    If we build these, we will use regular trailer hitch receiver tube material which will give a much better fit.

    I didn't have that kind of tube on hand, did have the other and was too cheap to buy the proper stuff.

    Priced it this morning, and it ain't cheap, but it is the way to go if they are built for sale.

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    Papajohn:
    I liked your idea of putting an extra bolt in the removable mounting base to keep it from coming off into your lap. Great idea!

    Another solution to the problem might be to Reverse the mounting system, so that the "Wide Part" is at the back instead of in the front. I know that would require a different method of securing the whole mess to the base assembly. I'm thinking wing nuts in slots in one of the "Z" shaped piece.

    Now that I've written it down, your method of just drilling an extra hole seems soooooo much simpler! Like you said.... Simple is Good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusty Deary Ol Coot View Post
    Old Welder,

    The tube used on the system pictured is 2" square tube and 1 1/4" square used for the male portion.

    If we build these, we will use regular trailer hitch receiver tube material which will give a much better fit.

    I didn't have that kind of tube on hand, did have the other and was too cheap to buy the proper stuff.

    Priced it this morning, and it ain't cheap, but it is the way to go if they are built for sale.

    CDOC
    Do you think that is a little over kill?
    Receiver material is heavy
    I do know of a place in Indian that sells True fit tubing
    I used it last place I worked
    We had 1 3/4 and 1 1/2 that fit fairly close ..
    Also ,,
    My new boss gets a list form a steel warehouse that sells ti's drop off material..
    As I know that best is to save $$$$$$
    I was getting tube off the big cable roll for a while 1 1/2 and 1 1/4.
    I could look up and see if I can find you some.
    I have a bunch here at home ,lots more at work..
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    Old Welder.

    Yep, never ever been told I build anything too light. I have a real problem with 1/4" bolts!!!!

    But, If we decide to test the waters and build a few of these to establish cost/time/shipping etc. they will be built with much lighter material!

    I really do think that I will maintain the double tube design as it really increased the integrity and decreases the twist.

    Also, the mounting to the bench will be simplified a great deal, making it possible to mount without the use of "through bolts" providing it is not mounted directly to crumb board or was wood.

    I did some checking on tubing yesterday, but what I found for female/male parts of receiver tube was much to heavy, so need to explore that a bit more.

    CDOC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusty Deary Ol Coot View Post
    Old Welder.

    Yep, never ever been told I build anything too light. I have a real problem with 1/4" bolts!!!!

    But, If we decide to test the waters and build a few of these to establish cost/time/shipping etc. they will be built with much lighter material!

    I really do think that I will maintain the double tube design as it really increased the integrity and decreases the twist.

    Also, the mounting to the bench will be simplified a great deal, making it possible to mount without the use of "through bolts" providing it is not mounted directly to crumb board or was wood.

    I did some checking on tubing yesterday, but what I found for female/male parts of receiver tube was much to heavy, so need to explore that a bit more.

    CDOC
    I know that problem with 1/4 " bolts..usually don't use anything smaller than 3/8th
    I worked with a engineer at my last place of employment that is good at figuring up loads of steel ..torque ,twist and load ..
    I still talk with him a lot..Good for getting info.
    As for getting steel ,,I did purchasing for two fab shops in the past..
    And I can be real good at dumpster diving!!!
    Let me know if I can help..
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