Small Veneer Press

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Project by Trev_Batstone posted 12-29-2011 03:09 AM 10681 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this small veneer press from available materials I had in the shop, except for the press screw which I bought from Lee Valley. The press table is 13” x 20 1/2” which is suitable for my needs of making small boxes, etc. The vertical sides and the cross piece is 2” thick yellow cedar. The table was daedoed into the vertical pieces and the cross piece containing the screw was tennoned right through the uprights. The table (bottom) is 1/2” MDF glued and brad nailed to 1” x 2” supports. The press piece is 3/4” plywood. This unit is heavy and sturdy, which creates more than enough clamping pressure for the size of this press. I’m looking forward to putting it to good use in the very near future.


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#1 posted 12-29-2011 03:20 AM

well it sure will do the job, will wait to see what you turn out off this press…im almost inspired to make one and use it for tortillas…...would that be ok..maybe i would do a green chili inlay…with a salsa boarder…hey not a bad idea huh…lol…..well you did a good job…

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

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 03:24 AM

I like that. Nice press – anxious to see what come out of it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 03:40 AM

well done Trev

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 04:57 AM

Great looking tool. Well designed. Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 05:42 AM

Nice Trev! – tops off that work bench quite nicely.
PS – congrats on your new jointer too.

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 07:45 AM

Nice little press Trev.
You may find that it is in use for one thing or another almost all the time.
Looking forward to the output.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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Kent Shepherd

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 04:06 PM

Good job. I have been thinking about building one for a while.

Thanks for sharing


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Charles Maxwell

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 09:52 PM

how well does the press work at the outer reaches of the ply board baton. Maybe a strong back that fits between the ply and the screw might improve the design.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 05:12 AM

Hi Charles, I glued a piece of veneer 13” x 9” today and it was all tightly bonded to the 1/2” plywood, including all the edges. I’m very pleased with how the press is working so far.


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#10 posted 02-09-2012 02:23 AM

Inovative, and functional. Like it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 02-17-2014 02:21 PM

hi: nicely done.
you may find in time that the plywood (top caul) starts leaving an impression in your veneer face. this would be from the face ply of hard pine, the soft areas slowly getting compressed each time you use it.

A plywood caul made from a single layer of 3/4”, may also have too much flex in it.

When this becomes a problem, try laminating up a sandwich of 2 outer layers of 1/2” mdf and a center layer of 3/4” plywood, that would be stable, stiff and have a face that will not “print” it’s grain pattern into your work.

be well, work well.

-- Kai SaerPren

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