Presses to flatten cutting boards and table tops

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Project by RunningDan posted 1499 days ago 4211 views 50 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a bunch of hard maple left over from my last project, so I decided to turn out a bunch of cutting boards. One problem I faced, though, was that when I glued up my table tops and cutting boards they didn’t stay flat with the clamping pressure.

These are just some pictures of some presses I made out of MDF to hold the table tops and cutting boards flat while I clamp them up. The small one is 18”x18”, the large one is 30”x30”. I wrapped the edges in packing tape so the glue wouldn’t stick. So far they work pretty well, and I never again intend on gluing up a table top without some sort of pressure to keep it flat.

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#1 posted 1499 days ago

That is a very good idea. I am going to have to make some for my boards.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 1499 days ago

Good idea’s . Those should make life a whole lot simpler.

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 1499 days ago

Very clever! Makes a lot of sense, too.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 1499 days ago

where there is a will

there is your way .

which i shall have to make ,
thanks ,

i needed this !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1499 days ago


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#6 posted 1499 days ago

Great adea. I have fought that problem for awhile. Thanks for sharing your solution.

-- Mike, Illinois,

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#7 posted 1499 days ago

Good idea…especially with the mdf since it is likely to stay flat also. You could also use some uhmw strips on the parts that press against the glue. I have a uhmw worktablwe top and absolutely nothing sticks to it.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#8 posted 1499 days ago

Great idea!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 1498 days ago

I really like the idea – seems like it would be easier to handle than traditional methods..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#10 posted 1493 days ago

Made a press and used it today. Great results. Thanks again

-- Mike, Illinois,

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#11 posted 1491 days ago

I’m gonna make some of these this weekend

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#12 posted 408 days ago

I agree with the comment above to use uhmw, however if you want a cheap solution go buy some wax paper and put that between your clamp surface and stock.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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