Blondie's Bridal Chest #5: Press Remake for Veneering Panels

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 03-19-2013 01:00 AM 1705 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Starting the Veneering for the 11 Panels. Part 5 of Blondie's Bridal Chest series Part 6: 3 Panels Veneered and Top Dry Fitted »

I made some Veneer press’s for this Blog I’m writing on building Blondie a Bridal chest.

I made them out of Douglas fir as an experiment, after a cpl uses I knew this was not going to work. It flexed and I started hearing cracking. So as Tim Allen use to say, “We need more Power. LOL”

So off to the Metal store for a 20 foot stick of 1 1/2 sq. tubing @ 120 gauge, which is close to 1/8 inch thick. 40 bucks, I figure it is cheaper than hardwood. Plus I get to play with my welder and hang out with a buddy in his machine shop.

I cut the long pieces 21 inches and the shorts 8 inches. I step drilled the holes up to the 1 inch hole.

For those eagle eyed, attention to detail buddies here. The holes on the bottom are for threaded bushings were making and we ordered some more screw stock from McMaster Carr so if need to I can clamp or squeeze from both sides. We’re making the handles as well.
We cut the ribs off the threaded inserts made for the wood on my buddy’s lathe and removed the slight taper on them as well. I drilled the holes on his milling machine once we set the X and Y so all the holes were centered and at the same dimension.

I painted to green to match the green handles and one black to match the black handles. It was left over paint and I had just enough. The black press came from McMaster Carr which are 8 dollars cheaper than woodcraft and Rockler.

Over kill maybe, but no more flexing and now I can get on with the 11 panels for this project.

Thx for looking and all comments welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 01:19 AM

Those look stout enough! The color scheme looks like it came from Grizzly!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 01:28 AM

Arrrgh. More power!
I noticed you had added bolts to the old press. This ought to get her done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 03:59 AM

Hey Ken – very cool clamps, very professional.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 04:28 AM

YES! Words taken right out of my mouth!

Those are really COOL clamps you made there…
... I don’t think I have seen any like those before…


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 04:29 AM

Ken…Very nice and substantially sturdy looking. Those should not flex or squeak.
I built a laminating press recently and had to reinforce it for the same reasons. I reinforced mine with torsion box construction.

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 10:42 AM

Wonderful work on these Ken. Can’t see the welds and the finish is really nice too. I admit that I did have doubts about your wood frames after seeing a marquetry video where a guy was putting some work into his press with much heavier wood frames and he had use steel bolts on the corners like yours, but I could see that one was broken and he had fixed it with a builder’s joist plate (or whatever they are called). Those screws must exert a whole lot of pressure!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 12:30 PM

That should press some veneer

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 04:25 PM

Thx everyone for the kind words! They work like a charm now. Blondie says I just need to make or get a new tool on every project LOL I have enough left over metal to make one more if needed.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 11:58 PM

Awesome looking presses Ken … They should certainly work for you!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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