|Project by Woodbridge||posted 01-27-2015 11:53 PM||4975 views||25 times favorited||12 comments|
I want to incorporate marquetry into more of my projects and also start working with veneers. The few times I have done veneer work I have used contact cement primarily because I did not have an easy way of gluing up the veneer panels to the substrate.
I’m not ready to commit to buying (or building) a vacuum press system. Plus I don’t have room to store any more equipment in my shop. (I’ve already encroached into the basement hallway).
So I decided to build a veneer press. I liked the design of Mathew Nedeljko's veneer press because of it’s overall simplicity and the fact that it can be easily taken apart and stored flat. Thanks Mathew.
I built the frame out of oak and ash boards I had in my shed (laminated together to make up a roughly 2.5×2.5 cross section. The top beam is three inches thick.
Like Mathew’s the base is a torsion box made from plywood and a 1” thick particle board melamine that has been in my garage for about 6 years. I don’t do much case work so I decided to use this as an opportunity the [practice hand cutting dovetails.
I also added holes along the side to facilitate clamps if I ever need to put more pressure on the edges of a veneer panel.
The frame dimensions (19” x 21”) was chosen so that, when broken down it fits into the cabinet where it is stored when not in use.
The bottle jack was purchase d for less than $10.00 from Princess Auto the Canadian equivalent to Harbour Freight.
I used it today and it worked great.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario