Originally Posted by 303tom
Hmmmmm, Sincere or sarcasm? BTW I do like sarcasm when delivered
with some dry humor.
Here are my thoughts so far, it could be an O frame or C frame. I would like
to have a real beefy C frame, I have all kind of heavy plate (>1") and up to
Still debating whether to make it a solid weldment or a bolt together style.
If I machine the base (part that contains the ram) and the top plate (die
plate) separately and use a bolt together design then I have to keep the
holes lined up, not hard on the mill, done similar work many times making
welding fixtures. Just have to plan out everything well the vertical supports
will be heavy round stock with the ends turned square in the lathe. This is
the design that I think is the route I am going to try first.
To give you an idea of this: https://fsreloading.com/lee-classic-...ess-90064.html
but it would a single stage press not a turret.
The second option would be a solid weldment. With a solid weldment I would
machine the ram bore first, weld up the assembly than in the mill indicate the
bore in and machine and tap the die hole. I would likely have a underbored
rough hole in the weldment to use the co-axial indicator (Blake) to reach
through to get to the ram bore.
A little background info, I am a welder, started in the Navy welding for
6 years then ran my own welding and fabrication business for 9 years. For
my equipment I have a Romi 13-5 Lathe, Bridgeport Mill, Dynasty 300DX
and Millermatic 350P. And all the needed tooling to do this.