|Project by Bearpie||posted 04-27-2012 12:51 AM||4186 views||11 times favorited||13 comments|
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