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I decided that I wanted a guillotine tool for candle cups, etc. I was going to just make a small one to use in the hardy hole, but decided a free-standing one would be beter and got kind of carried away :rolleyes:

 

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The sides are a little high for the mild steel "starter" dies. I'm going to make taller dies out of leaf spring but I still may have to cut down the sides.

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I don't think you got carried away. I think you made a tool that will outlast you!

-Crazy Ivan

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Looks great now maybe a treatle hammer to power it.

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The tool will prove to be very useful. Specially dies will come next, Just remember that you can mix the top of one die set with the bottom of another die set and the choices are endless.

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make your upper die taller, or stick a block underneath the bottom die to shim it up from underneath (or both).  that way you don't lose the functionality of having a really deep throat for oddball shapes, sizes, tooling, etc.

 

big solid installation like that does seem to lend itself to a mechanical hammer too :)

 

beautiful tool!

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Thanks Guys! Chinobi, I am going to make taller dies -I did not think about a shim block on the bottom! i'll do that too, I won't cut it down.

The treadle hammer idea is great. I saw a pic posted by Dogsoldat in another section of a "treadle sledge-hammer" that I want to build just for fun, now I have a better reason.

 

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Your tool doesn't need mods- just expand your thinking a little :) Withing a couple weeks you won't remember what you did beore this new tool You gonna like it!

Dave

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Greetings Chopper,

 

Now your cooking on the front burner...  I have several guillotine set ups ...  I will share a few thoughts with you....   Make a flat block for the bottom die ..  Use a radius die on the top...  Great for forming interesting forms on tapered flower tendrels and stems....  Just rotate and make the impression every 1/2 in or so..   With a wide die set up like yours you can make a set of stop blocks and use a flat upper die for making tenons.  I designed a set like this for The blacksmith Journal a few years ago ... Jerry sold out but I think they are still available... easy to make...  The list goes on and on...  Havin fun yet???

 

Forge on and make beautiful things

 

Jim

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That ain't getting carried away unless it's your portable unit, then it's a might be.

 

You Sooooo fit in here. <grin>

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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that's one of my favorite quotes :) and my notebooks are cluttered with considerations resulting from its application :P

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Jim - I like the stop block idea, I will make some as soon as the weather warms up a little - my old bones don't like anything below freezing!

Frosty - not portable, but with the round pipe cap base it is easily movable like an oxy bottle.

John - I like working with metal for it's longevity & permanance so I tend to overbuild everything even though I'm getting old. Maybe my grandkids will take an interest, I know everything I build will outlast me!

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the only comment I will make is that the sides seem a little tall I like my top die to be above the support arms. But if it works for you than that is all that matters nice idea

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