Veneer Press - Modular Modifications

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Project by shipwright posted 02-02-2015 04:33 PM 3627 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some time now I have been meaning to replace my hastily built veneer press in my Green Valley shop. The main reason it didn’t get done sooner is that it still worked fine thanks to some threaded rods I installed at the get go. Fast forward to the present, and I need a somewhat larger press to be certain of a good job on the top of my current project.

I decided to build a better version of exactly what I had because it fits in my tiny marquetry shop and gets the job done very well …... but why not make it adjustable for times like this when I need something bigger?

The pictures show:

1) The press in its expanded format with the two new frames at the ends and one of the old ones in the middle.

2) All four frames stacked together with the two platens. The larger one is underneath and the drill and few screws are all it takes to reassemble the press.

3) This one shows some of the upper platens, aluminium plates for hot pressing, and insulation board pieces that I use to press marquetry.

4) The new press in 20” X 20” format.

5) The extra frames stow away in the back of the ShopSmith cabinet in unused space.

6) The new press in its place in the marquetry shop above the marquetry shelves (drawers).

This little 20” X 20” press, with various configurations of top platens, can accommodate several smaller jobs at a time and often does. The screws on the front frame are from Lee Valley and are really nice but at around $18 ea, get expensive if you need several. The other screws are all modified C clamps from HF and cost around $6.50 ea including the speed handles. They also work very nicely.

Build blog here.

Thanks for looking

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 04:35 PM

Nice… I gotta make one of these for myself…. thanks for the motivation.

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 05:38 PM

hello paul, a very nice change to the press, making it more efficient for your work, harbor freight comes in handy for many things, its nice to be able to get what is needed without it emptying your pocketbook, thanks for showing…i hope its nice and warm there …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 05:53 PM

Nicely Done! You met the design challenge, and adapted well. You answered my question too. “Where did he get the screw mechanism?” LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 06:30 PM

Very nice Paul, now I can’t wait to see the new art work coming in the near future…

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 06:34 PM

Solid, dependable and flexible, Paul. I might try something like this, perhaps on a smaller scale.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 02-02-2015 07:15 PM

Looks like it should do the job, need to build one soon but the size will need to be determined ? Bigger is not always better but always more expensive!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 02-02-2015 07:36 PM

It looks all screwed up Paul, but in a good way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-02-2015 07:39 PM

Nice, Paul.
Being able to store it is really a nice feature.
And I love the way you have the marquetry trays underneath.
I like your thinker.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 02-02-2015 10:54 PM

It looks very versatile being able to handle many different sizes. I like the idea of using C clamp screws.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 02-02-2015 11:24 PM

Nice and solid and very flexible in set up and shopbuilt .
Thats what i like .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 02-03-2015 06:51 AM

COOL… as usual… :)

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

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#12 posted 02-03-2015 12:24 PM

Looks like a gr8 press Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 02-04-2015 01:20 AM

Wonderful creativity Shipwright. If they don’t make it just create it to fit your needs. After all you know what you want from a tool!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#14 posted 02-23-2015 05:27 AM

Arr,Arr, Arr… that’s a press!! Tim the tool man would be proud!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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