A Little Marquetry Press

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Project by shipwright posted 12-13-2011 11:47 PM 12668 views 37 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Along with the drum sander I posted yesterday, my small shop in Green Valley also needed a press if I was going to accomplish any marquetry. This is what I came up with. It is really a near copy of the one I built for my home shop but cut down to table top size.

The screws came from Lee Valley and are easily the most expensive part.

You may notice that I added rod bolts to strengthen this one. That would be because I’m using construction grade lumber and with only 2×4 verticals I didn’t want to trust just the glue this time.

Like my first one this press has two 10” x 20” beds and one 20” x 20” one. Any one, two or all can be used at once.

Photo 4 shows the aluminium cauls for hot pressing with hide glue and for easier flattening of veneer.

Photos 5 and 6 show the installation in my micro marquetry shop in 1/3 of our tiny laundry outbuilding. The shop part is about 5’x 6’ but it’s indoors and heated.

Thanks for looking

Questions comments, critiques welcome.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 11:51 PM


-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 11:55 PM

Indoor is good, and heated is even better. Nice setup Paul. Ya gotta be able to make sawdust wherever you go.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 12:11 AM

Most intriguing, I like this very much.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 12-14-2011 01:57 AM

Paul, this is a really good design. I am sure it will be shown in the projects to produce.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 02:26 AM

Good work, looks really solid.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 12-14-2011 02:31 AM

that is really a nice cozy shop, your great at making what you need and now will come more of the fun, the wood work part…and you do such beautiful work, cant wait to see what you come up with, im doing some mass wood working, with christmas coming, im making some gifts for the women at church, so im making them each a trivet, which means 28 of them…got all my cutting done today…its not Marquetry, but its wood work…have fun paul…hope your enjoying your arizona time…much warmer then canada…eh….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 02:39 AM

Just gosh darn neat.
And painted too. You got class.

I like your little shop. Does the SS fit in there too?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-14-2011 04:10 AM

This is something that I’ve been wanting to make. As you know, the screw presses available for sale are quite expensive. Thanks again Paul for sharing.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#10 posted 12-14-2011 04:38 AM

I always wanted to make a press table. After seeing yours, I will put one on my todo list. Thanks.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#11 posted 12-14-2011 06:41 AM

Let the fun begin!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 12-14-2011 06:42 AM

This is a lovely looking press.. well done, Paul. Merry Christmas.


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#13 posted 12-14-2011 07:01 AM

Looks great Paul! That is exactly what I need. Seems much more manageable in the benchtop version.
No mention of any deck beam joints on this one? How do you feel about the clamping pressure generated by the 4 screws on this one compared to the 6 on your first one?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#14 posted 12-14-2011 07:40 AM

Neat press.

It could be used for other small glue up too.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 12-14-2011 09:43 AM

Hi Paul.

Neat press, and I see it is real close to the “donkey” so you don’t have far to go to do your glue up once you have your packets cut. Now for a finishing area that fits on the same table so you’re complete in the space.

Big wood needs big shop space, but veneer is only 1/32 inch, so smaller shop spaces make sense, eh?

How would you feel about 1/2 threaded rod with two nuts jammed to hold a handle in place of the LV press rods? Be cheaper for those of us on a penny budget…

Paul from Winnipeg

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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