A Laminating Press

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Project by longgone posted 02-17-2013 05:57 PM 5745 views 19 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to laminate some thin strips of wood for making some sculpted boxes…mostly 6-7 pieces of alternating contrasting and different woods that are 1/8” thick and 5-6 ” wide and 48” long. I tried laminating some thin pieces a while back using just about every small clamp in my shop and somehow managed to get gaps in the glue up that were unsatisfactory so I scrapped that method.

I saw a veneer press that Shipwright (Paul ) made and it inspired me to make this setup. I made the frames by gluing up 3 layers of 3/4 birch ply and mortising and tenon end joints. An old desktop that was 1 1/4” thick particle board ended up being cup up to make the bottom plate, top plate and center press.
I bought the four vice screws from Lee Valley (my only expense since the ply and desktop were free) and this is the end result.
This laminating press is one heavy piece…I can hardly lift it. It is 16×18x48 and has an inside capaccity of 10” wide x 6” tall and 48” length. The bottom plate is lined with a piece of 1/4” UHMW to keep glue from sticking.
I have a bench I need to clear off and it will be the permanent spot for it to sit.

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#1 posted 02-17-2013 06:26 PM


This is an impressive press

I have to make one but very smaller !!!
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 02-17-2013 06:41 PM

Greg, that’s a great looking press, I am looking forward to seeing completed boxes.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-17-2013 07:06 PM

Nice build! This didn’t come up in my email as most of your sculpted boxes do? How often might you use this beastie? Most of the plywood in box stores is too thin for anything other than kitchen cabinets?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 02-17-2013 07:07 PM

Sorry..It just came up! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-17-2013 07:14 PM

I am also very interested in the new creations we may soon behold. Good job sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 02-17-2013 07:30 PM

this is an impressive press, it looks great, and it will do the job, im not worried about that….great build greg

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

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 07:37 PM

Nice press…uber useful, i’ll bet! Can you comment on the tightening process with respect to turning 4 vice screw handles at once! How exactly do you keep the pressure equal across 4 separate vice screws?

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 07:49 PM

That’s awesome Greg. I want one also, but I’ll have to go for the miniature version.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 08:00 PM

Thanks …I am looking forward to using it and see the results. I had planned to use it today but my wife bought nine large bushed and trees the other day and I won the bid for shoveling dirt and doing the manuel labor.
I just completed three and am already worn out…six more to go.

DiggerJack…it ws simple and easy ro make and only took about 3/4 of a day.

Tom…I used regular 3/4 birch plywood and just glued and screwed the 3 thicknesses together. Real easy to make the mortises and tenons that way.

Charles…the two end screws are attached to the movable board and the 2 center ones are floating. This makes it easy to tighten the end ones and then snug down the center ones.

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#10 posted 02-17-2013 08:01 PM

Very good idea! Doing some new mug ideas and this will be something I will consider making.Space is an issue and it needs a spot to permanently sit. ...thanks for sharing!

-- Dan

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#11 posted 02-17-2013 08:17 PM


-- Joel

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#12 posted 02-17-2013 10:07 PM

Danal…I made this one large because I use one contioious board for my box sides… A smaller version with one screw vise would be more practical for alot of work.

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#13 posted 02-17-2013 11:16 PM

Looks very well made Greg. The inter-laid plywood makes the best finger joint possible. It’s the basic joint in my new workbench (V8) works great.You’re going to love it.

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

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#14 posted 02-17-2013 11:47 PM

Paul…I think the way I built this was definitely overkill for laminating what I need …but I don’t think it will fall apart anytime soon. I have a piece of 4/4 oak that is quite cupped and warped so I thought I might test this and see what it could do. It completely flattened it with minimal effort…! Of course, it went back to its warped and cupped shape as soon as I took it out….but I at least know what it is capable of doing.
Tomorrow I will give it a good test with some glued up pieces.

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#15 posted 02-18-2013 01:56 AM

Great job on your shop built press. I’ve been wanting to see you sculpt some laminated boxes. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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