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  1. Been slacking on the updates, though do have...

    Been slacking on the updates, though do have some. But to hold ya'll over, here is a short video of the brake press in action:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvwribBi5d4
  2. Came to our attention that we forgot to show how...

    Came to our attention that we forgot to show how we secured the top of the jacks to the top of the frame. The top mounts were drilled in the center and then countersunk.
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  3. Assembled everything back together: ...

    Assembled everything back together:

    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=49667&d=1580331088
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  4. Placed the mid plate assembly into the press...

    Placed the mid plate assembly into the press frame using some scrap tubing to keep it off the bottom beam:

    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=49659&d=1580156402
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  5. The main body will be made up of stacked plates...

    The main body will be made up of stacked plates with tubing run along the edges. Cut a couple plates, one 1/2" thick and the other 1/4" thick, then drilled a couple holes in the 1/4" thick piece to...
  6. Time to get started on the mid plate. This piece...

    Time to get started on the mid plate. This piece will be crucial to making the press function correctly as well as making it easy to setup and operate. The mid plate will tie the bottom of the...
  7. Thank you for the kind words. The plan as of...

    Thank you for the kind words.

    The plan as of now is that the pedal and lines will be stored on a hook to be welded into place along the side of the frame, or around a handle that may be made for...
  8. Installed the jacks: ...

    Installed the jacks:

    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=49605&d=1580083557

    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=49602&d=1580083557
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  9. Drilled a couple holes into the base of the...

    Drilled a couple holes into the base of the finger brake assembly to be used for mounting:

    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=49584&d=1580083014
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  10. Was debating adding some gusseting to the top...

    Was debating adding some gusseting to the top crossbeam and finally decided to just do it. Cut some 4x4 square tubing:
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    Site is also double posting most of the current posts being made
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    Site also asks if you wish to leave this page when trying to post a quick reply. Though if you just click on "leave page" your post will be made
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    Site will not let either account of ours upload...

    Site will not let either account of ours upload photos to the gallery. The page that loads is blank.
  14. Got the frame off the table with the forklift so...

    Got the frame off the table with the forklift so it could be flipped over.

    http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/8/0/7/resized_20200117_172836.jpeg
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  15. Thanks again for the kind words. FYI- The...

    Thanks again for the kind words.

    FYI- The bare press frame welded together (so without casters, hydraulics, or finger brake) is right about 550 lbs. So heavy to move by one's self without...
  16. Test fit the freshly cut plates to the frame: ...

    Test fit the freshly cut plates to the frame:

    http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/8/0/7/resized_20200115_124116.jpeg

    Since they fit like they should, they were removed and the web...
  17. Took a little time to design the outer plates for...

    Took a little time to design the outer plates for the press. These will be 1/4" thick and will sandwich the I beams with gusset plates between them perpendicularly in the webbing to create some...
  18. Having the uprights and the horizontal pieces...

    Having the uprights and the horizontal pieces mostly fabricated, means we can finally start assembling the H frame. The fab table is cleaned and then a long, straight section of 2x4 is clamped to it...
  19. Thank you all for the kind words

    Thank you all for the kind words
  20. Once cool, both sections are fitted together with...

    Once cool, both sections are fitted together with the addition of some gusset tubes. Then the entire assembly is welded solid.
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  21. The vertical legs are next on the agenda. Each...

    The vertical legs are next on the agenda. Each leg will consist of 2 pieces of 3" x 3" x 1/8" wall square tubing welded together to create a section of 3" x 6" rectangular tube. But these will...
  22. Thank you for the kind words.

    Thank you for the kind words.
  23. Fabricated 3 top plates that will help hold the...

    Fabricated 3 top plates that will help hold the jacks into position

    http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/8/0/7/resized_20200111_172626.jpg
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  24. Cut and drilled 2 sections of 3/8" x 6" flat...

    Cut and drilled 2 sections of 3/8" x 6" flat stock that will be welded to the I beams. One to each I beam. This will add some much needed thickness.
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  25. Having the finger brake assembled, started on...

    Having the finger brake assembled, started on designing a "H" press frame to house it, using stocked materials and some drops that are left from past projects. Wanted to make the load capacity a bit...
  26. Thank you. The Swag brake is supposed to be...

    Thank you. The Swag brake is supposed to be capable up to 1/4" thick at the full width. The H frame should be close to 150 T working load limit, but will probably only ever see about 60 T max.
  27. After it was cleaned up, everything was assembled...

    After it was cleaned up, everything was assembled together.

    http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/8/0/7/resized_20200105_173533.jpg
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  28. With the bottom die being mostly finished,...

    With the bottom die being mostly finished, attention gets turned to the top die assembly. The side guide tubes were laid out, tacked into position, and then fully welded.
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  29. The bottom die fully welded: ...

    The bottom die fully welded:

    http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/8/0/7/resized_20200105_173252.jpg

    And assembled with the back stop:
    ...
  30. The base plate and angle iron are then clamped...

    The base plate and angle iron are then clamped together and to the fab table, once they are planed out to each other. They are tack welded together in a few areas across the top and sides. Then the...
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