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Post by Butterbean » Fri May 20, 2016 18:22

LOUSANTELLO wrote:#1, its maple ply finished on both sides,,,but what do people use as a barrier on a cutting board or A butchers table?
Mineral oil. It won't go rancid and it will seal well and seal quick.
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Post by LOUSANTELLO » Fri May 20, 2016 18:52

I ended up lining with parchment. Its working great
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Post by Butterbean » Fri May 20, 2016 22:27

Lou, when you have time I'd seal it to keep moisture from getting in the plywood which could cause it to buckle on you. In the past plywood was glued with formaldehyde based glue and was more of a problem than it is now that they have changed the glue. Personally, I wouldn't worry about the glue but I would about the veneer buckling. The oil should do the trick though.
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Post by LOUSANTELLO » Sat May 21, 2016 01:29

How long should I press them? Every 3-4 hours, i am able to torque another 1/4" on the nuts. I'm just pushing the top board down and hand tightening the nuts. These things are about 8-10 pounds each. When I pull them and hang them, will they hold shape or will gravity take over ?
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Post by BriCan » Sat May 21, 2016 05:23

LOUSANTELLO wrote:How long should I press them? Every 3-4 hours, i am able to torque another 1/4" on the nuts. I'm just pushing the top board down and hand tightening the nuts. These things are about 8-10 pounds each. When I pull them and hang them, will they hold shape or will gravity take over ?
When I make Landjäger (every 4 weeks) I do a full 24 - 36 hours under 130kg of weight -- anything less and it will not hold the shape
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Post by redzed » Sat May 21, 2016 05:40

Two days should do it. And it probably would be a good idea to also string and hang the the bottom end as well for the first two weeks. And as Briacan said, its amazing how much pressure these things take.
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Post by LOUSANTELLO » Sat May 21, 2016 11:21

When I make Landjäger (every 4 weeks) I do a full 24 - 36 hours under 130kg of weight -- anything less and it will not hold the shape[/quote]

130 Kg is 286 pounds. Unfortunately with a threaded rod, now that I started torquing them down, I have no idea how much weight I have on them anymore
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Post by LOUSANTELLO » Sat May 21, 2016 11:22

BriCan wrote:
LOUSANTELLO wrote:How long should I press them? Every 3-4 hours, i am able to torque another 1/4" on the nuts. I'm just pushing the top board down and hand tightening the nuts. These things are about 8-10 pounds each. When I pull them and hang them, will they hold shape or will gravity take over ?
When I make Landjäger (every 4 weeks) I do a full 24 - 36 hours under 130kg of weight -- anything less and it will not hold the shape
130 Kg is 286 pounds. Unfortunately with a threaded rod, now that I started torquing them down, I have no idea how much weight I have on them anymore
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Post by Bob K » Sat May 21, 2016 12:12

If you are going to really crank them down I would at least get some big washers under the nuts. Better yet crossmembers made from 2 by's.....or the corners may warp/bend.
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Post by LOUSANTELLO » Sat May 21, 2016 12:49

They went from close to 5" diameter to 2 3/4" flattened. I pulled them and hung them. We will see if they hold. If not, I will clamp them again. The sample meat mix in a ramekin is still in the chamber and it's pretty rubbery,,,so hopefully they will hold. If not, I will clamp them again. I torqued the shelves down on a slight angle, so the juices rolled off the parchment onto the bottom of the chamber. The boards stayed pretty dry.
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