Derek Melton

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  1. I do like that Batson design with the heavy angle, seems like the fabrication would go fairly quick. I think I'd probably go with a single cylinder for cost reduction though. I think 1500$ is the sweet spot and I want to get as close to that as I can and still have a press comparable to the 3500$ commercial models like the Coal Iron works and Uncle Al's
  2. Those questions are still being tossed around right now. Personally I don't want to make anything less than 30 tons and favor the H frame for strength.
  3. We have at least a couple of professional welders in the group I believe. I won't participate in a build project that doesn't have adequate welding. Thanks! That is an amazing looking press. What made you decide to go with dual cylinders?
  4. Big and fast is the best description I have right now. I think if we can get a firm commit from about 10 people, this will happen.
  5. Jackson, MS. Middle of the state. The build might take place in a shop in Mendenhall, MS. I and another member are getting prices together. I think the 1500-1800 is realistic and attainable though.
  6. As the title states, our forge council, the Mississippi Forge council has enough members interested in building a press that we are seriously beginning to gather ideas for a group press build. Similar to a group build for tire or treadle hammers, the idea is that we would obtain or design detailed plans, collect some up-front-money for materials, gather them and then establish a time and place to build 6-10 hydraulic forging presses over a few days. My primary question here is, does anyone have experience doing a group build of a hydraulic forge press and what design, if any, would lend itself to this type of build? We are thinking of a materials cost of around 1500-1800$ per member to hopefully allow each participant to leave with a fully functioning hydraulic forge press. Any advice, plans, design ideas are welcome. For what it's worth, I already own the Batson book on press building. Thanks!
  7. Not a bad idea! I'd be happy with selling a few per month. Help fund tooling for the shop.
  8. Wonder how I'd tap into those alternate markets. Anyone know of jewelers online seeking hammers?
  9. Thanks guys! I appreciate the kind words. I typically go with a straight handle, it feels best to me personally but I can see where it would be more aesthetically pleasing to put some character in the handle.
  10. I've been making some smaller hammers lately. Primarily to learn better how to use my new treadle hammer with top and bottom tools. What do y'all think? These are fun to make, made from hexagonal tool steel from old crow bars. Hardens up in water similar to 1045. Handle material here is Purple Heart and canarywood.
  11. We have a new website going, the calendar will be kept up to date with meeting info and upcoming events. The past issues of the upset will be available and we will have a member gallery for anyone who wants their work displayed can submit pictures, check it out!
  12. Yeah, a part of me wanted to make it but I've made several other tools, belt sanders, hydraulic presses, etc. It's actually nice to just have this one ready to use.
  13. I bought plans for 3 types of treadle hammers with the intent of building one this year. Plans changed last weekend when a local blacksmith decided to downsize his shop. I was able to purchase his Clay Spencer style inline treadle hammer. The Mississippi forge council did a group build somewhere around 2005-2006 and 12 of them were built. To my knowledge, this is the only one that's come up for sale. I was super happy to be able to get it. I had to put a new coat of paint on it but other than that, it doesn't look like it's seen much use. I'll be working on making tooling for it and cannot wait to put it to use. It has a few modifications from the original design in that the top hammer is 33 inches of solid 3 inch round and the anvil is solid 6 inch round, it's quite heavy duty and seems to hit HARD.
  14. ThomasPowers, who are you asking! The Trenton I got has 3 holes. One front and back, one underneath.
  15. its lost a bit through surface rust and the edges. I'd be interested to know what the 5 means.