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    Shop press with Forming die and punch

    After searching for a year for a suitable replacement cross member for my Chevy truck rebuild I decided to make my own
    My shop press has been the platform tool for many projects I actually bought it at a scrap metal salvage yard for $20.00 then added my air over hydraulic 12 ton jack
    this project deals with a punch and die to form the dimples in a sheet of 3/16 plate
    Shop press with Forming die and punch-cimg7484c.jpg
    The punch was cut and shaped to fit in the dimple
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    then I did the same with the die
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    the lay out done and positioned ready for forming
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    pressure and a judicial amount of heat with some massaging with a hammer
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    The end results are worth the effort
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    What I started our with
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    What I ended up with
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    Never try to tell me it can't be done
    When I have to paint I use http://kbs.justoldtrucks.com/

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    Thanks Frank S! I've added your Forming Die and Punch to our Brakes and Presses category, as well as to your builder page: Frank S' Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Great job on that crossmember! Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.

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    That’s an outstanding job on your crossmember. Mucho attention to detail, love to see the whole project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmanhep View Post
    That’s an outstanding job on your crossmember. Mucho attention to detail, love to see the whole project.
    Believe me so would I. I have the whole truck packed up in a van trailer and it is still located over 200 miles from my home hopefully next summer I will get time to get started on it again


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