|Project by Mathew Nedeljko||posted 01-28-2012 05:34 AM||7210 views||46 times favorited||24 comments|
Up until now I have just been using clamps and cauls to mount my marquetry work. I needed a more efficient system, especially for some of the larger pieces I have planned.
This is a press that pulls heavily from Shipwrights design. I laminated douglas fir 2×4’s from HD together, milled them down to 3×3 cross section and joined them with pinned finger joints. I made up torsion boxes for the base and the top caul out of 3/4” plywood which are very strong and perfectly flat.
The jack is a 12 ton Kobalt bottle jack I picked up on sale at Lowes,. I was worried it was going to be too much force on the frame, but the pinned joints are surprisingly strong and despite deflecting up to 1/4” it shows no sign of letting go. These type of jacks are readily available, the only thing to look for is to make sure you get one which does not release pressure over time due to faulty valve.
I’ve presses six panels with it so far, and they all came out much better than I could achieve with my make shift system I was using before.
Thanks for looking!
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