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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 06-17-2011 04:23 AM 1034 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2011 04:23 AM

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I am building a dresser top valet with the top made uo of 11/2” squares. Each is glued at a right angle to the next[think parquet floor]. I got it clamped side to side and end to end but had a lot of problems trying to keep it flat. I figure all you cutting board wizards have this figured out. Care to share?

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 05:12 AM

Yeah, I recommend researching clamping on this website….just search the word…..I’ve seen some long culls clamped on both sides of large table tops and dresser tops….but it’s hard to explain without pictures….

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 07:12 AM

Your project sounds like something that I set on a flat surface, use the band clamp method and set something heavy on top of it. I would probably be using some freezer/wax paper it the setup too to keep things from sticking to what I don’t want

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 03:54 AM

Thanks guys.This looks simpler than building a press but I dont like that I cant see the piece when I clamp it. Just have to assume that everything fits and is flat. I think Ill try it.

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 05:13 PM

This is a cross-grain glue-up, have you considered the long-term implications? Even if yo do get this flat once, the effects of humidity change will not allow it to stay that way.
You would be far better off with veneering this pattern onto a more stable substrate

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