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Project by ous posted 1280 days ago 2967 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the press I promised. The stress rods are 3/4 thread all rod and the Platen guide is 3/4 pipe. Remember to hone the end of the pipe or the rod will not go in. This is especially true if the pipe is cut with a pipe cutter. The base has two 6” Channel iron capped with 1 1/2 plywood, heaver if you want. The cap is exactly the same. The moving Platen is constructed with 1 1/2 angle and 2 inch plywood inserted with a 6 or 8 inch channel on the bottom for the jack. The stress rod pipe guides are attached to the angle iron at the top. Note the washers top and bottom on all 4 corners of both the top cap and bottom base. The jack is a 12 ton with spring retrievers for the jack and I put two springs on the outer edge of the platen. This pulls the platen down with the jack and overcomes minor hang up that would allow the platen to fall instead of coming smoothly. Also note the extended stress rods at the top. This allows you to adjust the top cap up in case you would want to press wider material. Now some tips to remember to prevent problems of excess glue sticking to the cap and the platen. I use a lightly waxed sheet of Formica on the Platen and the same reversed on the cap. I taped a piece of the stiffest carpet pad I could fine on the top sheet of Formica. This will help in minor errors in adjustments with the bolts on the stress rods. When glue get on the Formica I simply wash it off and re wax. I press mainly thin plies of wood and veneer. I press 1/42 veneer constantly and it works fine for me. I will be posting some of the projects that have gone through press or you can also see in a previous posting on kitchen cabinet doors of 1/42 Myrtle. Please remember 1/42 will sand through in finishing on fir and larch because of of the hard winter growth and soft summer growth. I hope I have explained this well enough but again if there questions please ask.

-- Roy Montana

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#1 posted 1280 days ago

that is one heck-of-a press.

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

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#2 posted 1280 days ago

some very cool ideas on this press

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#3 posted 1280 days ago

12 tons? wow, serious business.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#4 posted 1280 days ago

Hey Roy,
Good job.

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#5 posted 1280 days ago

Now that’s pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 1280 days ago

Looks like a great press. Your projects are very impressive. So is sawing with a manual sawmill at age 87! Very impressive.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 1280 days ago

Nice press.

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

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#8 posted 1279 days ago

How much did it cost you to put together?

-- Russ

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#9 posted 1279 days ago

Dear Russ. It was all made from scrap iron I recovered from removing plywood equipment on the west coast. The equipment was shipped to Mich. We used decent scrap iron only to bring the truck safely to weight. Ten ft and under I dropped of at my home on the way back to Mich. I was a pipe welder in Oregon shipyard just before WW2 so that is helpful. I was also their general manager and built two plants for them. The hydraulic jack my son-in-law donated. I would try the junk yards. I picked up a high class tail piece at a junk yard for a home made lathe I made.

-- Roy Montana

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#10 posted 1200 days ago

excellent device.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#11 posted 430 days ago

I’m just wondering how even is the pressure distributed?

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#12 posted 429 days ago

I have never had a delamination. The secret is the real stiff foam rubber pad between the Formica and the top plantan. It has been two years since I posted the press and I am now making three ply cutting boards with a colorful pattern on the face and a hardwood cutting back. Thank you for asking.

-- Roy Montana

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#13 posted 201 days ago

great idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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