I had this in a blog, but it was suggested that I might get more response here.
I recently just made my first band saw box and one of the problems that I had was trying to get all the boards glued together without any small gaps between them, specifically around the edges.
I realize that I was using 1” thick softwood (pine and cedar) which probably doesn’t help much, but I must have used every clamp at my disposal and old planks to sandwich it together while using all the force I could muster, and I still had tiny gaps around the edges.
I had put them through my thickness planer first to make them nice and smooth.
I’m new at the woodworking game and maybe I just don’t know all the tricks, but there has to be a better way.
I’m thinking a hydraulic press…
It doesn’t have to be a big one, but would have to have steel plates on both sides so there is no twisting and simply use a small bottleneck jack that most of us probably have several in the garage.
Putting a ton or ton-and-a-half pressure on the boards would probably do it.
With 20,000+ members on this site or so, I’m sure I’m not the first one to think of this, so is there a trick I’m missing or what?
And if this is a great idea, remember there is a patent pending on it :)
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