Hank Rearden
 I made a Guillotine today to complete my "IITH" project. I used  a truck spring for dies. A piece of 1/2" thick plate that 4" wide and 6" long and some angle iron. I have a 1 1/8" round stock for to square for the hardy hole although I didn't do that yet.


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I set up the angle iron and tack weld it making sure it was square.

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Then a sistered a second piece of angle iron and tack welded it. I used a piece of 1/2" steel to set the channel for the dies. It's the same thickness of the truck spring.

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I cut the springs a little less than the groove and then smoothed all the surfaces with a flap disc grinder. I needed to clean the slot for the dies with a file. The fit was snug.

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I rounded the sharp edges. I used a pritchel hold down to rty it out. It moves to much so I need to remedy that. At first I thought to make a hardy pin. Not sure though.

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It'll take some practice to make things look good. I'm happy with it. More dies on the way. It took about three hours in the drive way to make it.

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jmccustomknives
Ooh, that looks handy.  I've been needing one of those for a while.[cool]  Too lazy to take the time to make it though.  [rolleyes]

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
nice build!
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
I've been thinking of making a guillotine tool with leaf springs myself; interesting to see someone else had the same idea!
So, I personally think having a shorter lower die is preferable because you don't lift your work up as high.
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Hank Rearden
I originally wanted to cut the width of the spring in half. The larger dies allow for more options with work pieces. For example I already had a scroll on the piece I fullered. The extra height helped with clearance with the scroll.

I wish I practiced with some scrap though. I have to clean up the fullers I did. The tool worked great. My skill set was lacking here.

A few ideas I'm thinking to make it more versatile would be a flip up or removable feed tables. As well as settable throat gauge.
 We'll see how things go.
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