Pressing Matters

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This press uses the readily available “York Front Vice Screw”, and was constructed from offcuts of 18mm Birch plywood for veneering and assembling segmented rings for woodturning.

The main “plates” of the press are 400mm square, and comprise 3 layers of 18mm Birch ply glued together. The whole framework is both glued and screwed together, and a considerable amount of pressure can be applied to the item being glued. I normally use 3 or 4 sheets of newspaper as well as a sheet of plastic immediately either side of the ring to avoid getting glue on the press.