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MarZ

03:05PM | 12/10/02
Member Since: 12/09/02
4 lifetime posts
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Hi,

I just put in new hardwood floors, 3/4" x 3 1/4" maple, and have quite a bit leftover. I want to laminate the extra pieces together to make a table or cabinet.
Here is the problem, clamping the suckers together so they are flat! Anybody have any idea how I can keep them flat as I glue them?
Am I wasting my time? Any other suggestions?

Thanks,

Rob

gmills

07:27AM | 12/11/02
Member Since: 12/10/02
5 lifetime posts
I did the same thing with Oak flooring I had salvaged from a number of mid 50's houses. I used the scrap pieces for kitchen counter tops. Using 4 foot, 3/4" pipe clamp setup, I compressed the tongue and groove wood about every 6", alternating the pipe clamps from top to bottom. Any sag that developed was generally pulled flat by the next pipe clamp and if necessary, I would take any strong stock to support the surfaces between the pipe clamps, compressing them with C-Clamps. Trust me - it's not a waste of time, but it is a time consuming project. Too much compression from the pipe clamps will force the surface 'out of flat' as well, so moderation is the key. Yellow glue works great. Good luck.

MarZ

10:30AM | 12/11/02
Member Since: 12/09/02
4 lifetime posts
Thank you so much! Good to know I am not entirely insane. I just can't throw away good materials like that.

Thanks,

Rob

ACD

08:48AM | 12/17/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
There is also a clamp system that uses 2x4's and is an over/under clamp. the units attach to the ends of the 2x and as it squeezes the wood together from the sides it also squeezes the top and bottom at the same time, doing exactly what you want it to do, just watch out for squeeze out as it will glue the 2x to your work surface if your not careful. You can use wax paper between the clamps anf the work piece to eliminate that.
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