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Press for making Kydex toys and such....

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by Echo2, Nov 25, 2012.

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    Waiting on foam....and a ratchet wrench for the bolts....

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    The pedal lifts it up about 5" and allows it to swing out of the way.....

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    The nuts will tighten down and have about 3" of possible compression.

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    I built this for the Mrs about 10 yrs ago....for a flower press....but I think it will work until I build one for myself.

    I have an oven that only one stove top burner that works....the the oven works fine.
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    kertap75 EDC Junkie!!!!!

    That looks like it will work great! (but I've never worked with the stuff so who knows)

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    Oh nice! That makes mine look pretty sad. To be fair though I threw it together super fast as a tst and the only tweak it needed was to put some cotton fabric over the foam so it didnt stick to the kydex.

    Dont laugh it worked... :D

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    vegassprky Loaded Pockets

    Can you weld two pieces of small rod to opposite sides of the bolt to make a wingnut for faster turning, then no wrenches needed. By the way nice press even if it alittle overbuilt for kydex, maybe a people motivation device.;) And a heat gun works pretty good too and is easier to check the condition of the kydex, atleast in my experiance. YMMV

    Echo2 Loaded Pockets

    What foam are you using?

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    I also have a large electric griddle for heating.

    May do the wing nut thing....dunno.
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    I bought the knifekits foam. The griddle worked ok, but you have to make sure to only heat the shiny side, otherwise it ruins the finish on the other... at least it did for me.
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    Brother found a source on 40" x 72" x 1" neoprene foam.
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    vegassprky Loaded Pockets

    We want to see your creations when you're finished, please.

    Echo2 Loaded Pockets

    I plan on doing a picture log of any builds.
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    Other than sheaths and holsters....What are some other projects you guys would like to see.
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    vegassprky Loaded Pockets

    Anything you come up with would be cool. We be easy around here.:)

    Echo2 Loaded Pockets

    I was trying to talk CSM-101 in to coming up with some ideas....I was thinking a insert for an AR15 mag pouch that would hold a light, multi-tool, lighter, etc......Altoid tin scabbards for a knife sheath.
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    Another piece to the puzzle...:)
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    vegassprky Loaded Pockets

    Nice but alittle overkill for kydex. If the kydex is soft and flexible you should be good to go to form most anything. But in all a cool tool!:cool:

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    Shhh! That's not what he told the lady of the house...


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    Twas free....:).....insanely accurate at close distances....don't want to melt my foam.
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    Grabbed infrared thermometer myself (HF, Black Friday, $19.95, down from frequent sale price of $34.99). Agree with Vegassprky that if Kydex is "soft and flexible" it will work. I got because I need all the help I can get :) and I want to push the envelope on max temperature (for optimum forming) without "burning" the Kydex. Somewhere around 350°-ish.

    Also grabbed their 1/2-ton arbor press for just under $30 (for painless setting of eyelets).

    A tip, if you're not aware: the foam will "dent" or imprint after a job. Some of that will disappear if you put the foam on top of toaster oven; that little bit of heat will help return foam to (almost) its former flat surface. Extends the life.
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    That is sweet! Thanks for the inspiration, Ive been wanting to start messing with kydex!

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    Another piece of the puzzle....

    Also got a heat gun.....and dug out my scroll saw.
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