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drkphibr 01-02-2013 6:21 PM

Building a press stand for a Hornady LnL - v2.0 ...updated 2/24/13 - FINISHED
 
*********** Updates in threads below - scroll down to the bottom of the page ***********
1/3 update
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1/10 update
1/13 update
1/21 update
1/23 update
1/24 update
1/25 update
1/29 update
2/1 update
2/4 final update for version 1.0
end of v1.0...beginning of v2.0
2/8 update for version 2.0...
2/13 update
2/14 update
2/16 update
2/24 update - v2.0 finished!!
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I decided my bench did not have enough room to add a Hornady LnL press, so I thought it would be best to mount in on a stand.

I poked around on the net and really didn't find anything I liked. They were, for the most part, grinder stands that didn't seem too well built and I had concerns about the weight distribution considering the arm/ram action. Dillon makes one, but the color would have to change (LOL) and the base looks like it was meant to be bolted to the floor. Blue stuff is usually expensive and this was no exception.

Closest thing I found that I really liked was a stand that Gavin from UltimateReloader built. Here's the stand: http://ultimatereloader.com/2009/01/22/lnl-ap-stand/

Then someone did a set of plans for the stand and I decided to run with those. Here's the basic plans: http://ultimatereloader.com/2010/01/...ans-available/

I did a life-size mock up to anticipate any issues and discover how accurate the plans were (I did some mods as well). My cardboard expertise:
http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...20Stand/Design

I didn't want to bolt my stand to the floor, so I extended the front of the plate to avoid the forward tip factor with the intention of mounting wheels.
The wheels I picked up a a big box hardware store : http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...20Stand/Wheels

Finding "scrap" iron is easier said than done. I also don't know how to weld and I didn't want to spend the $ on the gear and making this my "learning" project. Looked around and found a local metal fabricator (who also shoots I found out) and selected him to do the work.
Here's my cardboard translated into reality:
http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...%20Fabrication

Adding the wheels to test the mobility (and locking) as well as the "tilt factor" (I mounted the press and no issues whatsoever...yay!).
http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...0with%20Wheels

Over the course of the next few days/weeks, I plan on doing the following:
  1. Cleaning the surface (mineral spirits/acetone)
  2. Removing any welding splatter
  3. Sanding/prepping the surface for paint
  4. Priming it
  5. Painting it
  6. Maybe adding a marketing sticker or two
  7. Clear coating it
  8. Cutting off excess bolt material on wheels
  9. Mounting the press
  10. Solidifying some ideas I have on accessories (lighting, primer collection, bullet/shell holder - I am not doing a bullet feed/shell feed combo)
  11. Anything else that strikes my fancy
Yes, the build/journey is what I enjoy here, so there is no rush to reach the finished product. My attention to detail will prevent my rush to finish, but I will give it plenty of attention and post the updates as I finish them.

Should be an interesting body of work.

stilly 01-02-2013 7:00 PM

Wow, I like that but I might stick with the small stand from inlinefabrication.com.

Although now that I think of it I do have a place and a guy that can weld something for me...

deac777 01-02-2013 7:12 PM

Thanks, for sharing the build. I may need to build a stand up soon as I'm moving my reloading setup to a new (smaller location). Nice job welding, it looks like he TIG welded the plates to the column. What size base did you end up using?

drkphibr 01-02-2013 7:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stilly (Post 10091440)
Wow, I like that but I might stick with the small stand from inlinefabrication.com.

Although now that I think of it I do have a place and a guy that can weld something for me...

I like the stuff from Dan @ inlinefabrication.com. I've got a number of his goodies you will see on the finished press configuration.

waxer 01-02-2013 8:01 PM

Those look more like MIG welds. Believe it or not, that .125 wall column will flex a bit. I'm building something similar, but going with 1/4" wall for everything.

drkphibr 01-02-2013 8:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deac777 (Post 10091584)
Thanks, for sharing the build. I may need to build a stand up soon as I'm moving my reloading setup to a new (smaller location). Nice job welding, it looks like he TIG welded the plates to the column. What size base did you end up using?

The plans in the PDF list the base as 18"x24" if I remember correctly. When I cut that out, it was way too big and clearly not what UltimateReloader built. Turns out UR's is actually 12"x16". When I tried that configuration and centered the 4"x4" column, my concern was the location/press weight would be too forward heavy and tip. I then moved the column back and since my configuration would be on wheels, I lengthened it another 4" for a total length of 20". My base is 12"x20".

drkphibr 01-03-2013 9:43 PM

********* 1/3/13 update *********
Today was spent cleaning and preparing the surface for primer and paint.
Multiple cleanings with mineral spirits and then acetone to clean the surface. From there I sanded it a few times to see what the pitting is like (most on the front of the floor plate as well as the top plate and a few dings and deep mars on the standing column).

Post sanding rough edges and cleaning: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...tal%20Cleaning

After cleaning, I put a thin layer of bondo filler down (95% of which will be sanded off) to take care of the pitting on the base/top plates as well as any issues (including the column "seam") on the column. Went light on the hardner so I'd have time to work with the material (and the steel was quite cold) and let it set over night and start sanding tomorrow. Weekend is targeted for uniform surface and primer, maybe even painting depending on weather and how things go with sanding.

My bondo hack: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...d/Metal%20Prep

CGT80 01-04-2013 12:00 AM

Those are purdy welds. They do look a bit like MIG, maybe pulsed MIG. They are not really clean enough to be TIG. They do not flow together enough to look like SMAW. Either way, I really hope you don't fill in those welds with any bondo, OP. Someone did a very nice job for you. I look forward to seeing the finished paint, even if it isn't blue ;).

:thumbsup:

drkphibr 01-04-2013 7:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CGT80 (Post 10104790)
I really hope you don't fill in those welds with any bondo, OP. Someone did a very nice job for you.

Totally agree. The welds came out great (even the ones no one will see under the top plate). No intention of covering them up other than with primer/paint.

deac777 01-04-2013 2:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by waxer (Post 10092087)
Those look more like MIG welds. Believe it or not, that .125 wall column will flex a bit. I'm building something similar, but going with 1/4" wall for everything.

Your probably right, MIG welds. I just wish my MIG welds looked that good.

drkphibr 01-05-2013 2:37 PM

********* 1/5/13 update *********

Took advantage of decent weather this morning and was able to accomplish the following:

Final sanding: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...and/Pre-primed

Priming: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...20Stand/Primed

Cut wheel stems down: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...d/Cut%20wheels

Will look over the primer coat to see where I need to do any glazing touch up (metal dings) or additional sanding ("extra" bondo). Intend to give it one more primer coat so none of the bondo "bleeds" through and there are no uneven spots, at least that I can see or bother me.

gunboat 01-05-2013 9:31 PM

It looks a real workman like job!!

If you find the four castors a bit of bother, replace two of them with legs.
To move just tilt and go --

It has been my experience that setting on all castors is a bit wiggly, even when locked, and when moving the unit it tends to go every direction but what you want. :-)

drkphibr 01-07-2013 11:53 PM

********* 1/7/13 update *********

Started shooting some of the red yesterday and today a bit. Will post pics tomorrow or so.

Focused on some smaller detail things tonight.

I like the look of wood, especially oak (have it on my bench/presses) and decided to add some to this build. Picked up a 1/4" oak board and sized it to the top of the stand. Gave Hornady some props and cut out a decal and lacquered it onto the top of the wood. If I measured correctly it should look nice once the press is mounted. The red contrasts with the wood nicely.

Also picked up some mounting pads for cable ties that I will use to route the primer tube. Primed them and then shot them red.

Wood top/cable pads: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...s%20Stand/Misc

NoHeavyHitter 01-08-2013 12:04 AM

I'm lazy + I want a stand that can "do it all" and travel to the range with me to work up loads from the firing line. The kit is the RCBS Ammo-Monster along with a dedicated case primer and trimmer.

http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/k...ressStand2.jpg

I got it at Harbor Freight on sale for $29 and reinforced the top with a sheet of .125 mild steel.

drkphibr 01-08-2013 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NoHeavyHitter (Post 10143949)
I got it at Harbor Freight on sale for $29 and reinforced the top with a sheet of .125 mild steel.

Before I headed down the build path, I was considering a few HF products, especially their grinder stands. I have no portable needs, so mine is very garage centric.

drkphibr 01-08-2013 4:22 PM

Painting
 
********* 1/8/13 update *********

Started laying down some of the red. Did the base plate first and then the top plate and underside. I'll probably mask off the top to avoid "spray" when I do the column and base all in one shot or it won't look clean/uniform.

After the paint cures, I'll add a few Hornady decals and then clear coat it.

painting: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...0Stand/Painted

chozenfew805 01-08-2013 9:10 PM

:D Tagged to see how the final product comes out!!!!!

drkphibr 01-09-2013 5:15 PM

Lame weather day
 
********* 1/9/13 update *********

So today was supposed to be paint day...but the weather did not cooperate. Turned into prep day.

Covered the top for spraying as well as making an "over spray" bib for the base when I actually do paint (Thur or Fri weather permitting).

Also trying to decide on decals. The wood top is set. I'm also pretty set on the base decal. The remaining "H" decal was slated for the 4" column front originally, but with the length of the press and the primer tube, maybe that's not the best place for it. My next thought was maybe on the mid to upper portion of the rear of the column.

Prep/decals pics: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...20Stand/Decals

drkphibr 01-10-2013 6:24 PM

Better weather today
 
********* 1/10/13 update *********

Weather cooperated today so I was able to spray the column. Came out nice and uniform. Debating on a second coat or not or go directly to clear coat.

Column painted: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...0Stand/Painted

Hoping to do the base plate tomorrow.

NoHeavyHitter 01-10-2013 11:32 PM

That looks great - maybe before you bolt it down it might be worth seeing if you could rig a "spent primer recovery system" into the main column? You could have a container at the inside of the bottom that wouldn't need to be emptied but every 20 years or so... :D

CGT80 01-11-2013 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NoHeavyHitter (Post 10176079)
That looks great - maybe before you bolt it down it might be worth seeing if you could rig a "spent primer recovery system" into the main column? You could have a container at the inside of the bottom that wouldn't need to be emptied but every 20 years or so... :D

In 20 years, all those brass primer cups may be worth as much as gold is now:eek:

I like the oak top and decals. Hurry up and get it done, we want to see the fruits of our.........errr.....your labor.:thumbsup:

drkphibr 01-13-2013 11:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NoHeavyHitter (Post 10176079)
That looks great - maybe before you bolt it down it might be worth seeing if you could rig a "spent primer recovery system" into the main column? You could have a container at the inside of the bottom that wouldn't need to be emptied but every 20 years or so... :D

So my original idea for the spent primers was:
  1. Buy a longer tube than what's included with the LnL (did that)
  2. Planned on putting a container behind the column to catch the primers (still the plan)
  3. Planned on running the longer tube from the LnL around the side of the column to the rear. Admittedly not a clean look, but that was the original plan.
  4. Planned on securing the tube to the column with the cable tie pads I picked up and painted to color match the column. Also picked up red cable ties. Original thinking was this would give me a neat (not necessarily the cleanest) look.
Parts I plan on using: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...f06fc.jpg.html

But...as I've been spending the week off and on trying to get the base stand right (spraying is never as clean as one would like), I've watched a few YT videos about cutting oil based paint and using a brush to apply. I'm also looking into Rust-Oleum's "Hammered" paint as I like the look since it's close to the finish on the press....so painting is "in process" at the moment.

Here's a few examples of the "hammered" finish: http://www.amishwares.com/site/15044...arget%20Market

Scroll down 3/4 to see the hammered examples.

No one carries red (just about every other color of course) so I had to special order it.

Your idea of going through the column made my anal retentive light bulb go "click". So, today I'm going to mock up the stand/press and route the tube to see what path is necessary for the primers to "flow" and possibly drill through the front/rear (different heights) of the column to route the tube that way.

Stay tuned...

********* 1/13/13 update *********

Took NoHeavyHitter idea and modified the column by drilling and shaping 2 holes.

Mounted the press to see where the primer tube hangs (glad I did, as I would have assumed center of the column). Turns out the spent primer tube on the press it offset a bit by about 1/2" or so. Center of the tube was 1.5" instead of 2" on column. Cut and shaped the holes as the front hole is higher than the rear (rear hole is dead center on the column). Top of the hole on the front is recessed on the top and just the opposite (on the bottom) for the rear hole.

I installed the tube and tested it with primers to ensure that there is a clean flow. All worked good. Sanded, primed, filled and primed again. Now it's more paint time. Not liking how the base plate is turning out with the brush method, so I'm going to wait on the "hammered" spray to see how I like that.

Spent primer holes addition (thanks again, NoHeavyHitter): http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...Primer%20holes

drkphibr 01-21-2013 5:45 PM

Paint day!
 
********* 1/21/13 update *********

Took FOREVER for the special order paint to come in. Left WI on Monday only to arrive in San Leandro on Friday and sit in a truck from Saturday to today for "next business day delivery" via FedEx. Had to be shipped to vendor, otherwise I would have driven to San Leandro on Fri/Sat for pickup. Oh well.

Perfect day today for painting. Couldn't beat the weather...minimal wind, cloudless and SUNNY.

I am glad I pursued the "hammered" look paint and without question the result was worth the wait. When you see the test "strip" of metal, you can see the color/texture match of the hammered red is MUCH closer to the Hornady Red on the press. The texture look of the hammered paint on the stand looks outstanding IMO.

The final layer of paint went down nearly flawlessly. Good enough not to mess with ;-)

Debating on applying the decals to this layer or shooting a layer of clear coat first and then applying the decals with a layer or two sealing them in. Any thoughts?

Paint: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...mmered%20paint

drkphibr 01-23-2013 6:35 PM

Final decals and clear coat
 
********* 1/23/13 update *********

Applied the decals and then applied about 6 or so coats of clear coat (spread about 10 minutes or so apart). Used a one stage automotive clear coat (since this will be inside the garage) that I will be able to wet stand and then polish later on (3-4 days after curing).

Decals are sealed in now (base plate and back of column) and sometime next week I'll do a small wet sand/wax/buff test to see how it comes out (probably the top plate that will be covered by the oak wood top.

I also decided on a different route for the primer catch cup. Took an aluminum drinking can, sanded the artwork off, cut the top down, drilled a 1/2" hole in the cap and then primed/painted it. Shot it with clear coat today as well. Ended up attaching small magnets to the base so when I sit it on the floor plate of the press stand, it will not move but "click" into place.

Decals/clear coat: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...Decals%20final

CGT80 01-23-2013 8:02 PM

That looks good. Can you really wet sand that? I would guess that the hammered paint left a texture to the finish, therefore wet sanding would only knock the top off the highest portion of the texture. Or, did you lay on enough clear that the surface is now smooth?

The stickers finish it off nicely. I hope they hold up well with the clear. Often times stickers look good until they age a bit and start to come off, but you got that one covered.

drkphibr 01-23-2013 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CGT80 (Post 10299639)
That looks good. Can you really wet sand that? I would guess that the hammered paint left a texture to the finish, therefore wet sanding would only knock the top off the highest portion of the texture. Or, did you lay on enough clear that the surface is now smooth?

The stickers finish it off nicely. I hope they hold up well with the clear. Often times stickers look good until they age a bit and start to come off, but you got that one covered.

I tested the wet sanding on a test strip of metal. The clear coat has filled in some of the "hammered" finish, but there is still a texture to the finish (which I want to keep) that will only diminish even with 1000/15000/2000 wet sanding.

That being said, I'm going to pick up some buffing compound tomorrow and test that on the finish (test strip) and if all goes well, I'll be able to bring out a nice gloss shine while still retaining the texture of the hammered finish.

Never a dull moment with tinkering.

drkphibr 01-24-2013 1:51 PM

Rubbing compound rocks!!
 
********* 1/24/13 update *********

After testing and some researching, decided to go a different route on the "finishing". As was pointed out and verified, any wet standing would basically ruin the hammered texture and I want that to still be visible and tactile.

Picked up some rubbing compound and a drill mounted bonnet. Decided to test my assumptions on the top plate as that will be covered by the oak anyways. Came out great after only a few swipes of the drill. You can see the before and after quite clearly. I'm planning on doing the rubbing compound process on the rest of the stand.

Rubbing compound results: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...ing%20compound

I also finished the spent primer collection container. Used an old aluminum water bottle, cut, sanded and drilled the top for the primer tube. Primed, painted and clear coated it. Then I picked up some magnets and mounted them to the bottom so that the bottle will no move around or fall over when the press is finally on wheels and mobile.

Spent primer system: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...rimer%20system

drkphibr 01-25-2013 8:25 PM

Almost done...
 
********* 1/25/13 update *********

Last few evenings have been busy!

Collapsing a few day's of updates into one.

Finished basic stand before installing/mounting the LnL: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...nal%20assembly

Press mounted and dies installed (including a lockout die): http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...ress%20mounted

Have to give a shout out to Dan @ Inlinefabrication. Great stuff (extremely well made) at a great price and incredibly excellent customer service and extreme attention to detail (I should know, huh?). I ordered (and installed) the following:
  1. Ergo handle (saves 3-4" on the downstroke and is very smooth)
  2. Bullet/brass bins (couldn't see spending the $ on the autofeeders)
  3. Low primer alarm (repainted Dillon)
  4. Bushing/spring to "lock" the alarm in place
  5. Light kit (battery and AC option)

Inlinefabrication.com goodies installed: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...nlinefab%20acc

Inlinefabrication.com goodies in process. What I'm now doing with the light kit (have some ideas on the wire/cable routing but I haven't made any final decisions - notice the motion activated sensor - picked that up at the Cow Palace a couple of weekends ago. Works great and I have it set for 2 min so that will give me some additional "placement" options)

Light kit: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...nd/Light%20kit

drkphibr 01-29-2013 9:31 AM

Some finishing touches (one left to go)
 
********* 1/29/13 update *********

Working on the finishing touches now.
  1. Primed, painted and installed a motion sensor switch for the lighting system
  2. Ran all the wiring with the intent of tucking it into the column (zip tied all the connectors so nothing would get orphaned in the column when pulling them out for any reason)
  3. Re-purposed a Lee powder drop case. Did some bondo work to level the sides of the case where the screws would normally go as well as cut a hole for the adapter wires. Primed and painted it to match the stand.
  4. Noticed some minor crimping of the 5/16 spent primer tube as the press was down stroking, causing primers to get stuck. My initial thought was to put some screw clamps at the point(s) of crimping, but as I was running the idea by my son, he said he had some "wiring" he used for preventing tube crimping on his liquid cooling PC system he built. Tried it out and it worked perfectly, so I primed and painted that. Elegant solution. Smart kid!
Last touch is the cover. Picked up some red (for the exterior) and black (inside) cloth and that is "under construction" now.

Finishing touches: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...hing%20touches

deac777 01-30-2013 9:48 PM

Very nice work in building up your press stand. In fact, you have inspired me to build a similar stand for two of my presses. I'd like to hear about how well the press works once you have the wheels installed.

FYI somewhere in your post I saw that you are located in the East Bay. I found a place in San Leandro to buy metals. It is called Alco Metals, on the corner of Davis St. and Doolittle Drive. I bought all my metal plates and square pipe from them.

1in9twist 01-30-2013 11:12 PM

I approve of this thread! :D

Awesome work!!! :punk:

drkphibr 01-31-2013 2:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deac777 (Post 10376272)
Very nice work in building up your press stand. In fact, you have inspired me to build a similar stand for two of my presses. I'd like to hear about how well the press works once you have the wheels installed.

FYI somewhere in your post I saw that you are located in the East Bay. I found a place in San Leandro to buy metals. It is called Alco Metals, on the corner of Davis St. and Doolittle Drive. I bought all my metal plates and square pipe from them.

Thanks. Was a good learning experience and I'd say everything turned out as planned. Having said that and now having used the stand, here's what I would do differently:
  1. Use double-lock break casters (I've ordered those as that's an easy fix). Although my wheels lock, the swivels still rotate, causing the stand to move slightly.
  2. Use a heavier (thicker) plate for the bottom of the stand. I have no issues with the down stroke (no flex or movement of the stand), but on the upstroke for priming, the stand can move more and depending on how much force is used to seat a primer, can barely lift the stand. I would naturally go overboard with 3/4-1" plating. Thanks to Alco Metals (I wish I knew about them before starting the journey), I picked up a 34lb rolled bar scrap to use as a counterweight on the top front of the stand (yes, I'll pretty it up to match the stand). It will be portable (not permanently mounted to the stand) and used as necessary.

EL_NinO619 01-31-2013 6:55 PM

Pretty sweet man, I got a buddy who's gonna weld up a stand for me. I can't wait for my LnL to get lifted.

Drawman 01-31-2013 7:49 PM

nice, very nice work indeed :D I just got a LnL....figuring out what I want to do...you have inspired me!!

drkphibr 02-01-2013 11:46 PM

Custom cover
 
********* 2/1/13 update *********

Big new stand needs a big new cover. Since the press/stand will be in the garage full time, there is no shortage of dust, dog hair and other interesting things that occupy that shared space. Preventing unnecessary wear and tear in a good thing.

Since a heavy canvas wasn't available in the red I liked, I decided to "bond" two colors for two reasons. Having the fabric sewn together would give me the heavier canvas feel as well as being more durable. Backing the red (exterior) with black (interior) means than dirt/grime/grease from the press will not be noticeable on the cloth as it will blend.

Decided to put a "split" about 2/3 up the left seam as that would allow the bullet tray arm to hang out while still covering the rest of the press/stand without looking too much like a tent. The cover also keeps the motion sensor for the light "in the dark" and off ;-)

Cover pics: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...%20Stand/Cover

drkphibr 02-04-2013 11:59 PM

Final update for LnL press stand 1.0
 
********* 2/4/13 update *********

Picked up the final piece to the press stand on Friday. A way to hold the primer and pickup tubes, not to mention another way to put more decals on. The long tubes don't "fit" on my bench so I thought I'd put them on the stand.

Here the final addition to the LnL Press Stand v1.0 (yes, that means there is a v2.0 at least on paper and in my head): http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...Primer%20tubes

Whiterabbit 02-05-2013 9:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drkphibr (Post 10091064)
Finding "scrap" iron is easier said than done. I also don't know how to weld and I didn't want to spend the $ on the gear and making this my "learning" project. .

For anyone else watching, prime metal isn't *that* expensive at Metals Supermarket in San Jose, for locals.

Stick welding is easy. Find a friend or bring a 6-pack to a muffler shop. They'll take care of you.

I recently finished mine too, but in chalkboard paint (My favorite rattlecan finish!)

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/atta...1&d=1359649958

drkphibr 02-08-2013 5:40 PM

Version 2.0
 
********* 2/8/13 update - Version 2.0 *********

Threw around some ideas about how to add weight to the stand to keep it from lifting slightly on the upstroke for priming.

Since the locking wheels only locked the wheel and not the swivel, the wheels would move a bit as well. That was an easy fix with dual locking wheels. Unfortunately, given the stem size of 1/2" (vs. the current 3/8") I would have had to enlarge the current holes. No big deal. But, the base of the wheels would have not been covered by the base plate as the wheels are larger in size overall (even though they are also 3" wheels).

I was able to add a weight to the base so it would not move. Basically a hack. Combining the extra weight solution and the wheel challenge, the best solution was a new base and re-weld the existing column to the new base.

My local welder suggested another shop to do the cutting since I went from a 17lb 1/4" plate to a 68lb 1" thick plate that needed to be cut to size as well as 4 1/2" diameter holes in exact locations. I also wanted a very slight radius to the edges of the plate to take off the sharpness of the corners/edges. The shop that did the work was H2O Precision with water jet cutting. They did a beautiful job. The holes and locations are perfect and the sizing cuts with the corners/edges came out excellent.

I'm planning on using them to cut an outline of the Hornady decal on the base plate and turn that into a medallion that I will mount to the base (so I have a mix of old/new stand).

I'm also going to put a different coating on the base plate. Experimented with a few coatings and decided on truck bed lining. Reason being after loading a bit, things fall (or when not reloading, stuff happens in the garage and things fall - naturally on a nicely finished surface!). This will allow for better wear and tear on the base without worrying about any damage.

New base with dual locking wheels: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...20base%20plate

Whiterabbit 02-08-2013 8:43 PM

jeez, what was the cost on that? I was thinking just a 6 pack of beer and some oxy-fuel cutting after hours would do it, though it would look like a disaster :)

(by the way, I don't know what your forum name means, but I could almost pronounce it "Dirk Fibbler")

drkphibr 02-13-2013 4:13 PM

Column transfer
 
********* 2/13/13 update *********

Had the column cut from the original base and welded to the new base. Given the height differences of the wheels combined with the thicker base, I had 1" removed from the existing column to give me effectively the same sitting/standing height when operating the press as before.

The transfer came out great. Welds look beautiful and the only "damage" to the column is from the heat to the paint/finish. That should be a relatively easy fix (just not fast as it's detail and matching work).

New base with column: http://s145.beta.photobucket.com/use...umn%20transfer


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