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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 8 3 program, I drew the shape of the little tabletop, allowing for some margin around the jaw, and extending back far enough to use four leveling bolts to adjust the worktop to just the right height. For the leveling hardware, I used 3/8" diameter carriage bolts for their all-thread style, with double nuts and lock washers. I also added more of a base by making a matching base plate secured to my original mount. These two items were made from .25" thick aluminum sheet, which was plenty strong for the configuration we needed. As with most tools that we modify to suit our purposes better, imme- diately after completing the task of improving the puncher, we put it straight to work, punching several thousand holes in an order we had going at the time. The first order com- pleted was an order of 1,200 metal nameplates for a local manufacturer of deer feeders. That order was soon duplicated twice, and being able to quickly punch thousands of small Once the exact location of the hole in a batch of tags is determined, a guide or stop (here made from yellow .040 aluminum) is taped in place until the job is done.

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