DIY 2 Ton Press Machine - How to Make a Crushing Press Machine at Home

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Introduction: DIY 2 Ton Press Machine - How to Make a Crushing Press Machine at Home

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Step 1: The Base

4 pieces of Wood 12 x 6 x 2 inch (L x W x H).

2 pieces of Wood: draw and cut a rectangular and a circle.

Step 2: Step 2: Scissor Jack

Scissor Jack (Car Jack).

Step 3: Step 3: Bracket and Metal Mending Plate

Metal U Bracket 5 x 5 x 3 inch and piece of wood 5 x 5 x 2 inch.

3 inch Metal Mending Plate.

Step 4: Step 4: Corner Braces

4 inch Metal Flat Corner Brace (x8)

Step 5: Step 5: Ready to Use for Different Projects

Protect the surface with a sheet metal and use this 2 ton press for different projects.

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    I really like this, I'm going to have to call the junkyard and get a jack :)

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    heck, just go 2 goodwill I have seen boxes of them in auto/ tech/junk section. so many things 2 build not enough time. my grandfather was a engineer & had old artillery shells and bombs from ww2. he had about
    a 6ft bomb where he took the nose cap off and was a spot that would hold a baseball shape explosive? he instead made a huge can crusher that you put can on top & 2 bombs crushed them it was so cool...he helped design them & training how 2 use. they actually dropped training bombs on my grandmas farm & would attach love notes 2 them 4 her. lol. even tested dropping atomic bomb on farm in design stages .. hardly known fact that we almost nuked ourselves when they had aciddently loaded live bomb instead of the 1 with false primer & they caught mistake 3 mins b4 dropped over texas when they noticed it was painted and practice bombs never were painted on. he actually had a original version of mock fat
    boy in garage & kept as a reminder that you can crush cans or blow up the world it depends who uses it....my dumb uncles sold all for scrap metal and should have been donated 2 museum.

    Great repurposing of a throw away item. I have used them to Jack up a corner of a porch to fix it, dozen other ways. I still use one on a simple Apple and grape press to make fruit wines. Good idea you had to make it a down press so you can use it as a board vise.

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    Last time I used one of those, the thread did not seem to like being power drill driven.
    So, I would strongly advice to keep it well lubricated (grease) and test that the jack screw is in good shape!
    Else that, really clever!

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    Yes I keep it lubricated. Thank you!

    First and for most, I commend you on an excellent video, and the fact that you have an inscrutable says a lot, so I know that you're an intelligent person. With that said. May I give you some constructive criticism on the composition of your lumber dimensions? Writing lumber dimensions (height) x(width) x(length) 2x6x12 is proper, because 2x6 indicates the material being used while x12 indicates how long it needs to be. It's the way I was taught in the Union Carpenters apprenticeship back in the '90s. I really hope I hav'nt offended you. As Biggie Smalls would say, "...and if yo don't know, now you know..."

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    Excellent idea. I've used these jacks for other purposes than lifting a vehicle so it is nice to see someone making a very practical use of them. Seems many of these jacks get discarded and end up in landfills. Many make it to a thrift store. So off to look for another. Great instructable and super idea!

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    Excellent presentation --particularly the video editing. Just enough to visually explain the step without lagging through complete real time. Only con was the elevator music --didn't seem to add anything and was a little annoying.

    Keep up the good work.

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    A clever idea that could be developed. Your press is load limited by the pullout or shear strength of any pair screws holding an angle bracket, so I think the ultimate strength is closer to a few hundred pounds than to two tons.

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    It must lift a portion of a vehicle so a few hundred pounds cannot be correct. I can easily lift 300lbs yet I can't pick up my vehicle to remove a tire.

    As the first reply said the capacity of this press is far less than 2 tons, and very likely a few hundred pounds. The capacity of the jack is not the limiting factor, the construction is. Did you not read the reply?

    I agree with mje - better screw the side pieces sideways onto the base than the way you did it. That way you could use 1/4" coach screws and wouldn't need the angle brackets.

    Useful tool though; i made a similar with an old hydraulic jack years ago and used it to press out (and in) wheel bearings.