Stumpy Jig Contest Segment Layer Press

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Project by Bearpie posted 04-27-2012 12:51 AM 4027 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This press is to keep the segment pieces flat after I glue them together. They would slip and slide a bit as I put pressure to my stainless steel hose clamp and now they cannot! I made this big enough to make up to a 24” circle. The only thing wood is the piece that sits on the steel cross brace. I decided to go with steel because the first press that I made of wood kept bowing under pressure and was smaller and I could only go up to 13”. This was made from scrap pieces that a welding shop, where I used to work, had and they let me have it. They were nice enough to cut it to size and punch holes where I indicated and weld the cross pieces. I painted it with red oxide primer to prevent rust and will leave it that way.

I drew circles in 1” increments on the base with center and diagonal marks to make it easy to place the rings on center. I put a sheet of plastic down before I put the glued up segment ring on it and another sheet of plastic on top of it before placing a few plywood blanks on top and apply pressure. The plastic keeps everything apart while the glue dries. This could be made larger or smaller and I picked up the screw handle from Woodcraft.

Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 01:18 AM

Very nice. Have fun using it BUD.

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#2 posted 04-27-2012 03:13 AM

Now this is a great look’in jig.

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 04-27-2012 04:00 AM

Nice job Erwin!
I bet you use the heck out of that thing !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 11:22 AM

wow, that is a huge press. when you aren’t making segments, you can press cheese & apple cider!!! :-) :-) LOL
I’ve never used one of these. I just whack offending pieces flat with a mallet..seems a tad easier…Have fun with this!!

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 01:26 PM

Pretty cool press you have made.

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

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#6 posted 04-27-2012 05:46 PM

Awesome! :)


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#7 posted 04-27-2012 10:31 PM

Great job Erwin. Can we make wine with that press :)

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#8 posted 04-27-2012 10:54 PM

That looks very well designed and constructed, and should last a century or two! I have thought about trying some segmented turning but if I have to construct something like this it is going to have to wait. I don’t think I have room for a press of this size.

-- Stuart

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#9 posted 04-28-2012 02:01 AM

Well built press. Bet it will be around for a long time

-- Norman

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#10 posted 04-28-2012 11:26 AM

Very im’press’ive Erwin.

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#11 posted 04-28-2012 11:31 AM

Well, that shoulda oughta do the trick.



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#12 posted 05-28-2012 12:45 PM

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to You might win!

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#13 posted 06-08-2012 11:56 AM

Looks easy. If you know how to do it.

-- Jiri

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