Ok folks, Time to make one of these lead mashers
I know many of us discussed the details in another thread
Edit to add, thanks to MattM for providing plans.... http://mattmorgan.org/cb_press_v2.pdf
Ill try to give as many details as I can, I got one close to being finished. Swaged a few lead bullets today to verify everything works as it should.
Im happy to say that it works real well
Once a few more details are finished up Ill break it down and give everything a proper paint job
Edit to add pic of the finished press, along with a Lee Classic cast
Here is the basic material list so folks dont have to search thru the thread.
Material used was cold rolled 1018, (from Speedy Metals) as I mentioned earlier, this is a larger version so depending on what youre doing the sizes can be juggled around a bit. (larger or smaller)
I used 1" polished/case hardened linear guide rods from Mcmaster (2 reqd, 12" long). and 1.5" for the ram. (1 reqd, 18" long) I would probably try the stressproof polished rods from Speedy Metals if I do another.
2 reqd-- 1/2 x 1-1/2 1018 CF flat- 24" Toggle links
1 reqd-- 3/4 x 2 1018 CF flat-24" A piece I cut up to make the small parts for the toggle
1 reqd -- 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 1018 CF flat-12" The main part of the toggle
1 reqd -- 1 x 3 1018 CF 6" Guide plate
1 reqd -- 1 x 4 1018 CF 9" Top Plate
1 reqd -- 1 x 5-1/2 1018 CF 6" Base plate ( a litte bigger wouldnt hurt depending on how you mount it)
1 reqd --- 1" rd 1018 cold finished-24" The handle
A couple more updated pics.
First the two presses I made. The one on the left was built to the specs in this thread. The one on the right was the first "prototype"
Second is the press compared to a Walnut Hill (on the left)