A few months ago, I started building a hydraulic press. This event seemed long in coming due to the fact that intense research on the subject had been going on for over a year. Ive still got a ways to go but thought it would be good to share the build process to date and provide pictures as it progresses. First a little background. Ive looked at many press designs and have asked many questions of folks building them or using them. Ive read James Bastons press book at least 20 times. The most impressive press Ive run across belongs to Joe Caswell. I had the pleasure to speak with him a little over a year ago at the Pasadena Knife Show. He spoke of his press that he had automated to enable both manual up and down strokes with foot switches as well as timed up and down strokes with the ram moving at ~1 inch per second. This reciprocating ram allows a great deal of steel to be drawn out in a single heat as compared to a manual process. It is the type of control I set out to build. Thanks Joe! The basic design is that of an H frame press. It uses W8 X 35 I-beams. Specs for other parts are below: Motor 7.5 HP Pump Single stage 5.2 GPM (Single stage is necessary to get repeatable timing for an automated stroke) Cylinder 5 X 8 Stroke Press base starting to take shape. Mount for 7.5HP motor complete. Fabricating mount for pump. Motor mount and pump mount complete. Hydraulic tank mounted and top of base complete. Now to build the H frame. Pictures of beams prior to welding. Starting to tack weld top frame components.