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Laminate Press

by John W. Nixon on October 24 2005 03:00

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Project Description

I often laminate or veneer sheet goods. Not having the money for a vacuum setup, I created a Lamination Press that stows above my workbench and out of the way when not in use. The press has four cauls that suspend from the main beam, and can be configured every six inches (there is space for 10 cauls).

 

Turning a nut against the lower face of the main beam tightens the cauls down. With a 3ft x 5ft capacity, this press has come in handy many times for gluing up field panels and for veneer work.



You can see the laminate press in action in the Oak Blanket Chest video.

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5/28/2009 4:33:52 AM
United States
sunny
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4/20/2009 10:49:51 AM
United States
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Reply to comment from David Bennett who wrote:
I am curious, what thickness of veneer does this need to not wrinkle up?  Mine keeps sort of bulging...

Hi David,

I haven't had any wrinkle problems, even with thin veneer.  I think the key is to have a very flat surface below and above the workpiece.  I use mdf or melamine coated particle board to sandwich the outside of the glue-up.  With the flat surface against the veneer, and plenty of pressure, the veneer should go on nice and flat.
4/19/2009 4:04:34 AM
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I am curious, what thickness of veneer does this need to not wrinkle up?  Mine keeps sort of bulging up inbetween the clamps when I tried something like this.
11/27/2008 12:02:34 AM
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John W. Nixon
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Reply to comment from Ken who wrote:
The project looks very interesting but it would be much more helpful to have a set of plans to work ...


Thanks for the feedback Ken.  My goal is to have plans, video, and a gallery for every project, but as you can imagine, that takes a lot of time.  I created the VOTE feature on Eagle Lake to allow users to vote on the missing components for a project.  The components receiving the most votes will get priority.  So please, cast your vote!
11/26/2008 2:58:14 AM
Canada
Ken
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The project looks very interesting but it would be much more helpful to have a set of plans to work off to make your own online.

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