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Built me a louver press.... and it works!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kiwi Kev, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. dawg
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
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    great collection of boards, haning in the rafters Kev...

    and the press is tha cat's ass too...
     
  2. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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    BTTT Just Fricken cool !! I'm back working on my louver press right now and just wondering who's louvering it up:D updates anyone else ?
     
  3. Vinny of Destruction
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    from wisconsin

    Im speechless!!! Absolutely awesome!!!
     
  4. Gretta's Owner
    Joined: Mar 14, 2009
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    this thing is phenomenal! I want the base. I am currently eating my liver in jealously!
    have you thought about adapting the face plate idea from http://www.lowbucktools.com/MM1.html to your press?
    that frame would make a great base for the face plate

    but kudos! it looks fantastic
     
  5. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
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    Great tool made better by the add ons, Nice :D
     
  6. popawolf
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
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    that is way cool kev,ill have to come down and do some louvering on my 29 deck lid!!!!!!! poparich.
     
  7. PegLegStrick
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    Nice work! Impressive!
     
  8. Rooney00
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    Greatest thing I've EVER seen!
     
  9. holeshot
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    hey MR. LOW BUCKS...good job so know i guess your in the louver business. i had money to burn, looked for over 45 yrs. for a louver man. and now that we have 1. i'am totally broke, well it doesn't matter. hell i don't even have a rod any more. but thanks for the thaught...call me POP...or what you just THAUGHT! HA!
     
  10. hugh m
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    from ct.

    Some where on here is a post of an english wheel made fron a similar bandsaw frame. The old time engineers most always did a nice graceful job on ulitarian machinery. Great job on the press.
     
  11. Lowrders
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    that;s F'n sweet! I wish i could find cool ace old junk laying around! (bandsaw) and unfortunately i don't have room for sweet old tools that are huge!
    Did you bead roll those flames in your motor cover , or do you have some kinda stamp? it looks way badass!!
     
  12. Jon SSS
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    That thing is so sweet. The girl on the front is the cherry popper, I mean louver topper!
     
  13. bluebolt
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
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    Hmm look what I found! It's an old bandsaw. That top wheel is 36" so it out to be usable as a louver press. Now if I can convince the owner that it's not worth much more than scrap. I have found similar working machines with motor for $800. Some people think anything old is valuable but there is no real demand for the really old belt driven babbit bearing machines like this. I also included a pic of what Kiwi Kev's Oliver scrollsaw looked like in it's original state.
     

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  14. Thanks for that picture bluebolt. I didn't take any pics of the saw when it was still complete. I like the antique bandsaw too, reminds me of some old cast pieces I bought a few years back at a yard sale for $20. They have round holes where you install a a few pieces of pipe and it clamps in place. I thought maybe I would make a tire rack or something one day and they ended up getting buried under some junk in my back yard and forgotten. Anyway, recently I built a small bench mount english wheel so I could make a couple of glove box door panels for my Willys project and then I remembered those cast pieces. I dug them out and was surprised and very happy to discover they were perfect for the job of english wheel base! Very sturdy.

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  15. yardgoat
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    That defines the word COOL!!!.Give that man a Cigar........i dont smoke.............YG
     
  16. gr855
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    Dam thats sweet. Nice work
     
  17. SlmLrd
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    sooo nice. Thank you for inspiring!
     
  18. bluebolt
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    Your welcome. If it ever dries out around here I am going to try to buy that bandsaw. There's some other old machinery out there, I want to get it all and repurpose it. Here's a few more pics. The last pic is a restored shaper, the same as that metal frame with the two vertical shafts sticking up basically a router table. I am thinking about using that for my dining room table. May keep the shafts and put round flat tops on them lazy susan style.
     

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  19. Boones
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    that think looks awsome and appears to work great. Nice striping Skratch
     
  20. blueboly....Awesome stuff! Better get it before the scrappers find it. That's their barn fnd 32.

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  21. Royalshifter
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    Looks sweet Kev.
     
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  22. Skrap metal
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    damn! that press is too cool.
     
  23. NORTH30FORD
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    Sorry for the rehash...

    Outstanding, Kev. Your an inspiration to us all!

    Peter
     
  24. need louvers ?
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    Just flat dig your press! Bet it doesn't flex nearly as much as mine's fabricated frame!
     
  25. KenHMT
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    Old post, I know, but I just found it. Great looking press!

    We've added it to our growing database at homemadetools.net: http://www.homemadetools.net/louver-press

    Ken
     
  26. DAM! You have a killer garage & the new machine is bad ass...
     
  27. you posted it in the wrong prefix, it belongs to art :)
     
  28. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
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    How could the thread be 6 years old and only have two, 5 star ratings?

    Bitchen tool, shop art, and recycling at it's best!
     
  29. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
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    DAMN! Glad someone bumped this old thread, or I would have kept on missing it! That thing is awesome!
     

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