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Who here does homemade tools?

Postby nathan » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:58 am

I'm wanting a big shop press for bending, punching, etc. and wondering who else likes making their own tools? I'm thinking I will make a 36" 50 ton press, and if I have money left I want to make a slip roller, too. I hear steel is cheap, and I just got $140 for my birthday, so I think a trip to the steel yard is in order 8-)
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby AndersK » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:00 am

I like tp make tools but they are mainly smaller hand tools for sheet metal.

Here is a good site for inspiration
www.homemadetools.net
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby TRACKRANGER » Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:25 am

Nathan

Good for you.

That's the kind of enthusiasm the world needs more of. Positive, progressive, challenging.

Don't be too disappointed if it takes a while to get all the parts, or if you need to save a little more along the way. You'll definitely achieve what you want. How did that line in the movie go? "Wipe on, Wipe off"

Keep us in the loop of your progress too!

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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby nathan » Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:56 am

That's what I like to do. This press will be my first really big project, so failure is definitely an option lol. I just cringe at spending the $1000+ on something like that, when I know I could make it myself for way less. Looks like I'm selling a welder today, so there is $80 more bucks. I'm gonna go hunt me some channels and angles tomorrow.

Homemade tools is an awesome site, I get their emails every day.

Andersk, what kind of sheet metal tools have you made?

One day, I'd like to make a water drilling rig, but that's a long ways off. I like to spend money on things that can be fun to do and that have a chance of making the money back. A big press and a slip roll to start. The press will have a brake, punch, and shear (eventually lol)
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby airrj » Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:07 pm

This one is 25T, but one of the better build videos that I have watched.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7K0jwcIAYQ
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby plain ol Bill » Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:24 pm

Nathan if you heard steel is cheap someone is lying to you!
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby BWR » Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:50 pm

Nathan, your not alone here I built a lot of the tools that I have now. I built my press a few years ago because I couldn't see paying the price they wanted for the size press I needed. I built mine 6' tall and the table is 2' by 4' and is built out of 6" I beam. I used a 50 ton air/hydraulic bottle jack with a long air hose on it for obvious reasons lol. This should be a good project with many years of service for you, good luck and keep us posted.
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby AndersK » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:43 am

nathan wrote:
Andersk, what kind of sheet metal tools have you made?


Slappers, stakes, mallets, bead roller dies
Can dig up some pics if you're interested
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby plain ol Bill » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:08 pm

I used to make a lot of Damascus steel for knives I made. I made a press to forge weld under and use it for general forging work. Will add in a pic of it. Used a 4" cylinder on one side and a 6" on the other. This monster would press a 1" wide x 6" long x 6" tall Damascus billet down to 2" wide without any problems - of course this billet was around 2200 degrees at the time too. :)
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Re: Who here does homemade tools?

Postby GreinTime » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:41 pm

Bill, I don't know about out your way, but scrap in Ohio here is down to $90 a ton... That's the cheapest I've seen it in a long time. I'm sure the local scrap would be pretty amicable to selling some of the stuff they have for a fair price.
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