I didn’t want to step on this discussion, so I started a new thread.
I got my delrin stamps finished, but I’ve discovered I’m going to really struggle with getting them presses into leather. Apparently Harbor Freight is discontinuing the 6 ton hydraulic press in my area and it’s not available, so I just went with the manual 1 ton arbor press. I think it worked pretty well, but now 4 hrs later my back is telling me I will be stuck in bed tomorrow, and I should never, ever attempt that again.
So I’ve ordered this hydraulic one instead, but now I’m worried it doesn’t have a lock. Is it usually a universal feature, or is there any way I can tell? @shop and @JigSawMan, where/how does your press lock? Maybe if I know how yours does it, I can figure out if mine does too.
I also got a decent impression with just moving the stamp and leather around and using the manual arbor press, so it makes me wonder if locking it in place for hours with powerful hydraulic pressure is all that necessary? What do you guys think? Is it a matter of it looking good now, but less pressure will allow the impression to raise up?