Stamping Die holder

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 09-04-2017 03:15 PM 1673 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For many years I have used a electric engraver to mark parts for assembly. This method has worked over the years but some woods do not like to be engraved with anything that looks like a letter. Much like my handwriting left handed. (LOL) Taking a tip from work I decided to get a set of steel stamping dies and tried these. Much better but with a right hand that has pins this proved to be difficult to hold and hit with the hammer. I can grab something with a handle, so working with this disability I decided a handle that accepted the square die at one end would be the solution. Not wanting the die to fall out I cut two slabs of wood and then a square channel, toward the very bottom where you see the bulge I put two magnets inside. Then glued the two pieces back together and turned on the lathe. When you first drop the die into the handle you can feel the magnets pull it down to the castle bolt and click. Testing this I found that it will come out but you have to sling it quite hard so this is good enough for me. I expected the imbalance to be much worse with the two magnets when turning. As it was this was minor.

Having seen others make some nice handles I had wanted to put a copper collar around the bottom to keep the wood from blowing out in time. But the magnets inside would have made a larger diameter collar than I wanted at the bottom and the dies are only so long. Time will tell if this holds up.

Enjoy and be inspired.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#1 posted 09-04-2017 04:02 PM

Real nice tool, Gunny!! Nice work on it….............cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-04-2017 04:43 PM

Love the ideal and design you came up with. Great job buddy

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#3 posted 09-04-2017 08:55 PM


-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#4 posted 09-05-2017 01:55 AM

Building the tool to suit your needs is the American Pioneer spirit!

Nice work and it looks good too.

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#5 posted 07-07-2018 07:08 AM

Good idea, and I hope that it is still performing well for you.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 07-07-2018 10:16 PM

Good idea, and I hope that it is still performing well for you.

- Druid

It has been used and abused but still working well.


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 07-08-2018 01:02 AM

Good to know, but now I’ll have to consider making one for my stamps. :)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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