Update.... I designed the press with an 8" throw, I built the press with 10" between the dies, so as to have room for a punch system in the future. Many press owners have stated the it is better to not extend the shaft to full length. So I started building my dies on a platform to keep approximately 1/2 of the shaft buried in the cylinder. After building 6 different platforms, I realized that I am a true idiot! It's a wonder I designed and built this press. I have just finished bu