Veneer Press Remake No More Flexing or Cracking.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 03-19-2013 12:43 AM 4887 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!"

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 12:54 AM

Those are nice!! Great job!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 12:54 AM

In looking at your creative press I realized that I could have used this a week ago. (laughing) Having seen your build I am inspired to follow in your footsteps and make my own. While I cannot weld I do work with a welder and for a Bullet Pen I bet I can get a few of these made up. heheheh Thanks for the post and for the details.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 01:02 AM

Ken:” You are a man of many talents. I may have to try building one for myself.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 01:59 AM

Great looking project and those welds are perfect!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 02:06 AM

Nice work. No more flexing or cracking for sure. This press will last you forever.

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 02:58 AM

Order a Grizzly emblem and put it on the top! Who will know? Did the same thing with a cabinet for work, just used a Snap-On emblem. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 03:14 AM

Nice build ken….is there anything you dont do well bud???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 04:10 AM

Outstanding!!!! I wish I had your metal working skills and access to the tools. I have some ideas that would look great with combined wood and metal. Look foward to seeing the results of these presses in action.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 04:36 AM

That would make a heck of a nut cracker … for coconuts! Love the workmanship and the attention to detail!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 04:37 AM

COOL Clamps…

Not sure about the bottom hole comment… “The holes on the bottom are for threaded bushings were making.” ???

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 03-19-2013 05:48 AM

Great clamps, these should be stiff enough Ken


-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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Don Johnson

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#12 posted 03-19-2013 12:34 PM


We’re ??

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#13 posted 03-19-2013 04:39 PM

Joe holes on the botom are laying on its side to get screw pressure from both sides, really just a way to play on he machine more…

Thx every one getting better with my Mig whick is always fun. Good idea about the grizzly sticker…

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 03-19-2013 09:55 PM

Hi Ken,

Like me, you are a firm believer in overkill.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 03-19-2013 10:03 PM

where is the sportsman gone
as long as you can hear the cracking it hold together
flexing …. thats the fun part ain´t it ….. LOL

but I must admid the new ones looks great :-)

take care

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