|Project by Ken90712||posted 03-19-2013 12:43 AM||3278 views||8 times favorited||19 comments|
I made some Wood Veneer Press’s for a project and Blog I’m writing on building Blondie a Bridal chest.
I made them out of Douglas fir as an experiment, after a cpl uses I knew this was not going to work. It flexed and I started hearing cracking. So as Tim Allen use to say, “We need more Power. LOL”
So off to the Metal store for a 20 foot stick of 1 1/2 sq. tubing @ 120 gauge, which is close to 1/8 inch thick. At 40 bucks, I figure it is cheaper than hardwood. Plus I get to play with my welder and hang out with a buddy in his machine shop.
I cut the long pieces 21 inches and the shorts 8 inches.
For those eagle eyed, attention to detail buddies here. The holes on the bottom are for threaded bushings were making. I ordered some more screw stock from McMaster Carr so if need to I can clamp or squeeze from both sides. We’re making the handles as well.
We cut the ribs off the threaded inserts made for holding them in the wood on my buddy’s lathe, and removed the slight taper on them as well. I step drilled the 1 inch holes on his milling machine, once I set the X and Y so all the holes were centered and at the same dimension.
I painted two green to match the green handles and one black to match the black handles. It was left over paint and I so why not. The black press came from McMaster Carr which are 8 dollars cheaper than woodcraft and Rockler.
Over kill maybe, but no more flexing and now I can get on with the 11 panels for this project.
Thx for looking and all comments welcome.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"