Large-capacity bowl press on a low-capacity budget
Commercial presses cost beaucoup bucks. So I came up with this low-dough version for gluing up segmented turnings. It consists of three pieces of 3⁄4 ×12×12" plywood that ride on 3⁄8 " threaded rod. Nuts and washers hold the top and bottom pieces in place, and the middle piece acts as the press. I simply turn the T-knobs to apply pressure. Even large bowls aren't a problem for this press because one rod detaches to allow easy access.
—John Hoffmann, Lancaster, N.Y.