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Project by Chase0118 posted 07-15-2012 01:35 PM 15802 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some years ago Hurricane Isabel (2003) came to Virginia and I lost 31 trees. Here is a project from some of those trees I completed a few moths ago, it is made from Oak, Maple, Cherry and Walnut. The design is my own and when I started it it was just an experiment. It is made entirely of scraps and cut offs. I never thought it would actually be functional. No screws, just a brass rod for the back hinges, it measures 11×14, the bottom being 1 1/4 thick maple, and the top a mix of woods 1” thick.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 01:45 PM

I find this amazing

It has so many elements to it

Combined they create a great piece

of kitchen Treen


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 05:42 PM

Very cool. I love wooden tools!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Matthew Harrold

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 06:16 PM

so many colours, i like the way they all contrast with each other, a lovely project!

-- ''if you don't know what it does... don't f*** about with it'' - Ivan Hill, my grand farther

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 07:01 PM

This is a really great project it makes me want to make one for a Christmas for some friends. Have you used it yet?

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 09:52 AM

Muy bueno senor!

Why do I suddenly have an urge for tacos?


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

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 02:21 AM

Looks great, I’ve been thinking about making one lately and was looking at others designs. I really like the wooden hinges, but see most with metal. I was wondering about the strength and durability of all wood? I plan to use it quite a bit. Again a fantastic job on this project.

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 03:01 AM

I have had no problem with my wooden hinges. I used Maple and Walnut for the hinges, and designed them that there is very little pressure on the hinge when the handle is pressed. I allowed 1/4” of wood around the 1/8” brass hinge pin. The handle has a 3/8” hardwood pin that is stationary. The handle also has very little pressure since it makes contact with the striker dowel at horizontal. Securing the hinges without screws in the base and top was interesting to get the spacing right between both platens. Thanks for commenting on my press. We use ours often.

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 09:25 PM

Thanks for answering my question. Sounds like you took care of my concerns. As long as my craftsmanship is good then the press should last. Thanks for the inspiration!

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