Three in one
To Long Rider,
Never thought of using a loading lever for a loading lever. How ingenius is that!?
The support pad is made of a very dense grade of ABS plastic.
As regards the pivot point, the force vectors in this press or any press for that matter, are simpler than people seem to realize. At the lever's pivot point the only force is directly up. It is a tension on the part I call the link. No need to design the lever to absorb downward force. There is none.
When I go for the patent, it'll be called "Portapress" in your honor. We can talk about royalties after I make my first million.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson