Pivot-top Game/Coffee Table. Part 2.

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Now, lay two of the four particle board pieces on your workbench (with the edges flush) and cover the top piece with wax paper. Note that the «good» side of the game veneer is covered with tape. In order to flatten it, you’ll first need to moisten the opposite or «down» side with a mixture of glycerine (available at any drug store) and water. Mix one part glycerine and two parts water and pour the solution into an old plastic spray bottle (see shop tip on page 51). Spray the «down» side of the veneer so that the entire surface is moistened, but not so much that it becomes soaked. Now place it on the wax paper, cover it with more wax paper and place the remaining two sheets of particle board on top.

Place caul cleats on the top and bottom of the press, opposite each other, with the curved edge against the particle board. Use a bar or pipe clamp to clamp them at each end (Fig. 2). As the clamps are tightened the curved shape of the caul cleats will flatten out enabling pressure to be applied along the entire width of the press. Use all six pairs of cleats. Install one pair at the middle, one pair at each end, then space the remaining pairs in between.

The top core (A) is made from 3/4 in. thick birch plywood cut to a width of 2 feet and a length of 4 feet. Apply a heavy coat of white (not yellow) glue to both sides. One of those 3 in. wide trim rollers used to «edge» paint comes in handy as a fast and easy way to apply the glue. We don’t suggest yellow glue here because it sets too fast. Since it takes a fair amount of time to complete this glue-up process, you’ll want white glue which dries more slowly.

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