The Good, The Bad And The Ugly


Pretty much covers anything I try to do now that I think about it.

It’s  been a while since I posted anything about my little Temple of Tools and the workings of the crazy fucker who goes in there occasionally.

I  have just been busy. as usual.

No rest for the wicked boys.

Ten minutes after I walked in the door from my little road trip to Seattle I was heading right the fuck back out the door.

Had to make a dump run.

Got that handled and THEN sat down for a couple of minutes.

Then right back up and out in the garage I  went.

You see, I has a little project going that I haven’t said anything about yet.

I have been dicking around with it off and on for a while now. Mostly off but a little on.

I figured I would go out and attack the sonofabitch some more today.

I have the basic framework pretty much done, It’s an idea I swiped off of Youtube and now I am to the point where I am going to deviate from the original model I picked out.

Heh, deviate, there’s another good word to describe me.

Nothing I do ever works out according to plan, I don’t give a shit what it is.

Anyway, enough bullshit. This is what I am working on,


You get one guess.

I can tell you right now that my measuring, marking and hole drilling skills suck major ass.

Quite a few of the bolt holes are at least one size up to allow for some play so I can get the fucking bolts to line up and OF COURSE it doesn’t want to sit flat, yet.

Right now I am trying to decide what I am going to use for the adjustable platform and I think I have narrowed that down to some 2 inch square tube that is 3/16’s thick.

I still have a bunch of figuring, cutting, drilling and bolting together to do but I think I just finally figured out how I want to get this done.

Since I am in no hurry here this may take a while but I will eventually get it to work.

In case you somehow haven’t figured out what that crazy bastard is talking about yet,


This is what I am basing it on basically.

We shall see what Mr. Murphy allows me to come up with.


9 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

  1. I dig it!
    I needed a press for my shop and ended up getting an Arbor Press from some dude on craigslist. Its an antique lever operated big and heavy on a 4 foot pedestal. I had the model you show there from harbor piece of shit freight and it was too big to flush down the toilet. Good luck with your project!

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    • I bought the one ton arbor press from Harbor Freight last year. It’s pretty much useless. Unless you need to crack a whole bunch of walnuts.
      A bigger one like you got could be useful though.


  2. I found a used 20 ton one like that at a yard sale. $60. I paid for it on the spot and then had to drive home to get my truck and pick it up. I was so in a hurry that I didn’t even think about getting a receipt.

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    • Heh, for sixty bucks I wouldn’t even bother asking for a receipt, it would just blow out the window anyway as I was hauling ass home with that score!


  3. Phil, I know you like to build stuff but I found that it was cheaper to buy a middling quality press on sale than build it from scratch given the cost of steel, good hydraulics and all the assembly time. I had one of the crappy Harbor Fright ones that use a jack, was so loose and sloppy that it would go off axis when trying to press things.

    Snagged this on sale around December 2017 with free shipping, think it was around 270 bucks.
    Has a cheezy pressure washer where the hydraulic line joins at the top but got that sorted out and works nice. Goes Z axis with zero wobble.

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    • Yes sir, that is a REALLY nice press!
      Three Hundred and Twenty Five bucks though!
      I probably have about 75 into this one at most, so far.
      I do have to thank you though, the one you linked to has a Porta Power set up on it instead of a hydraulic bottle jack.
      It just so happens that I have a small Porta Power kit that I had completely forgotten about!
      Hell Yeah!
      Excellent timing on your part.
      Now I can dig that out and see about mounting it. That would make it a hell of a lot more versatile.
      Right On!
      One of the reasons I am doing this is because I really need the practice and it also gives me an excuse to use some of this equipment I have been collecting and fixing.
      If I just so happen to make something useful then that is just a bonus!


  4. I built something similar to press bushings into the suspension arms of my hobby car. 1.5 in angle steel wasn’t substantial enough, over a 14 in span to not bend in the process. Perhaps inserting extra square tube in the crosspieces would help?

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