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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:54 pm 
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I do a lot of bent wood laminations. It always involves a struggle with clamps, usually whaling on them with a 12" crescent wrench, which is not how they're made to be used. I finally got disgusted (or maybe smart) and bought a 20 ton shop press from Harbor Freight. They're probably thinking machine shop, but hey - it works. Much easier than half a dozen clamps, one handed operation keeps the other hand free to keep things aligned. Also, the force is in the right direction, so the form surfaces stay parallel. $154 if you find the coupon.

The glueup in the form is a 36" diameter (2" depth over 17" chord). 8 layers of 3/16" cherry, for a total 1.5".


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 Post subject: Re: Shop press
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:34 am 
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Sweet!

Now you need to make sure you don't press all of the glue out!


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 Post subject: Re: Shop press
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:08 am 
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Nice setup! I've got a couple bottle jacks lying about and have often thought of fab'ing up something like this. Thanks for the photo.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop press
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:46 am 
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:cool:

Now you can also conduct your own joint testing.
M&T vs dovetail vs loose tenon ...
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 Post subject: Re: Shop press
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:58 am 
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DennisS wrote:
Nice setup! I've got a couple bottle jacks lying about and have often thought of fab'ing up something like this. Thanks for the photo.


I don't think I could buy the steel for what I paid for the whole thing. Unless you've got the channel and such lying around, it's hardly worth the effort to build yourself.


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 Post subject: Re: Shop press
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:02 pm 
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Down pressure will do it. That's a good price for the whole rig.


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 Post subject: Re: Shop press
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:27 pm 
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I'd be embarrassed to admit how much misc. CRUD I've got lying around.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop press
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:42 am 
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Great idea for laminations

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