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Project by Andre posted 12-03-2016 07:08 AM 1884 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a Veneer press out of some 12/4 Ash that was taking up space in the shop, the screws are from L.V. and had almost forgotten I had them. Have been trying to resaw some qt/sawn White Oak for a cabinet top and boards keep bowing, so thought maybe veneer it and make a Veneer top instead of solid as planned! Ended up ripping the boards and re-gluing, looks like it will be flat enough to plane smooth? Press is similar to the ones I used at Inside Passage, a little smaller. The torsion boxes have 2 1/2” spacing inside and are made from 1/2” MDF, framed with some
Oak Plywood, very flat and heavy enough to compress panels with very little torque from the screws.
Still debating if I should dowel the finger joints?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 12-03-2016 02:25 PM

That’ll nicely reach those center areas and sure beats fumbling with a lot of clamps. Are there threaded inserts for those clamp screws?

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Brian Gulotta

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#2 posted 12-03-2016 03:20 PM

Very cool Andre. Great job!

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shipwright

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#3 posted 12-03-2016 04:16 PM

Nice Andre. It makes my D Fir ones look a little pale. :-)
Happy pressing. Maybe now you should get into marquetry???

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 12-03-2016 05:07 PM

That looks like a nice press!

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Jerry

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#5 posted 12-03-2016 05:26 PM

No idea what this. is for.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Andre

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#6 posted 12-03-2016 06:08 PM



No idea what this. is for.

- Jerry


In a nutshell, LOL!
Ya cut thin slices of good/nice/expensive wood and glue them to a substrate/cheap stable wood to give the impression of solid wood. In Paul’s(Shipwright) case you combine many very small pieces to create Art!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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sawdustjeff

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#7 posted 12-03-2016 06:33 PM

Great press, Andre! How do the clamp screws line up with the torsion box? Or do you think that it matters?
I’m thinking about how the pressure gets distributed across the box and onto the piece to be veneered. If you have a chance could you post a pic of the torsion box.

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Halc

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#8 posted 12-03-2016 07:07 PM

Looks like a very useful piece of equipment, nice job. As for doweling the corners, why not? I don’t think you’d be sorry and you would know you built it to be as strong as you could.

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Andre

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#9 posted 12-03-2016 08:03 PM



Great press, Andre! How do the clamp screws line up with the torsion box? Or do you think that it matters?
I m thinking about how the pressure gets distributed across the box and onto the piece to be veneered. If you have a chance could you post a pic of the torsion box.

- sawdustjeff

I thought about taking a Pic. when I was building the torsion boxes but as usual once I get started my simple mind only can see one thing! The boxes are a real challenge to glue up, I thought my assembly table top was fun because of the size but these had a lot more ribs so made for different problems.
I find with veneering even pressure is more important than amount of pressure thus with the heavy boxes all the clamps really do is prevent lateral movement. For larger projects I can build more frames and bigger boxes or just use multiple layers of MDF above and below to distribute the equal pressure.
I’m still going to build a stationary base to hold it all in place.
Check out Shipwright veneer presses to see how they actually work and different methods.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Andre

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#10 posted 12-03-2016 08:08 PM



Looks like a very useful piece of equipment, nice job. As for doweling the corners, why not? I don t think you d be sorry and you would know you built it to be as strong as you could.

- Halc

Funny thing is I cut out all the dowels from a piece of Birch dowelling but didn’t think they would look very nice in the Ash? And of course in my rush to get done decided to skip it for now? Maybe if I can make some Walnut Dowels?????

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Woodenwizard

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#11 posted 12-04-2016 04:05 AM

Well done! These will come in handy. Like the torsion box idea.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 12-04-2016 05:12 AM

Very well made, sure it will make some fine job on glueing layers.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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John

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#13 posted 12-04-2016 05:06 PM

The press looks great Andre, now I’m waiting to see a project from it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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