Lee's Wood Projects Free Woodworking Plans, Projects and Education
Wood Projects and PlansTools and MoreAsk Lee - Advice and TipsWood SpeciesProcessesWoodworking GlossaryHelpful Tips
Home > All Woodworking Plans

How to Make a Flower Press
  Free Woodworking Plans from Lee's Wood Projects

Posted by

For those who enjoy pressing and drying plants for decorative craft projects, this flower press is a simple and inexpensive way to accomplish the task. This kit has everything needed to preserve your favorite flowers and leaves forever. Between projects, it can easily be stored in a zip-lock-bag.

Click on The Drawing to See Full Size

Technical Information for Making a Flower Press

A . Materials List:

QUANTITY
LETTER
NAME
SIZE
MATERIAL
WOOD SPECIES
1
A
Top Board
1/2" x 7" x 8"
Sitka Spruce

Sitka Spruce
1
B
Bottom Board
1/2" x 7 x 8"
Sitka Spruce
4
C
Corrugated Board
7" x 8"
Cardboard
4
D
Blotter
7" x 8"
Paper
4
E
Carriage Bolts
5/16" x 4"
Paper
4
F
Flat Washers
3/8"
Steel
4
G
Wing Nuts
5/16"
Steel

B. Cutting Procedure:

  1. Use table saw to cut top board (A) and bottom board (B) to proper dimensions.
  2. Mark centers for corner holes for top board (A) and bottom board (B) 3/4" in from each edge.
  3. Use hand drill or drill press and 3/8" drill bit to drill holes through boards (A) and (B) at centers.
  4. Mark a 1/2" diameter arc at each corner of boards (A) and (B) and cut out using a band saw.
  5. Use a disk sander to sand corner rounds for board (A) and (B).
  6. Use box cutter or utility knife to cut corrugated boards (C) to proper dimensions.
  7. Use scissors to cut blotter papers (D) to proper dimensions.
  8. Drill 3/8" holes through each corner of corrugated boards (C) and blotter papers (D) to match holes in top and bottom boards (A) and (B).
  9. Use scissors or utility knife to round corners of corrugated boards (C) and blotter papers (D) to match rounded corners of top and bottom boards (A) and (B).
  10. Hand sand corner edges of top and bottom boards (A) and (B) using 120 grit sandpaper.

C. Assembly Procedure:

  1. Insert bolts (E) through bottom board (B).
  2. Place one corrugated board (C) on top of bottom board (B).
  3. Place a blotter paper (D) on top of corrugated board (C).
  4. Place flowers, leaves, etc to be pressed on the blotter paper.
  5. Place another blotter paper over the items to be pressed.
  6. Place another corrugated board (C) on top of the blotter papers (D).
  7. Place top board (A) on top of corrugated board (C).
  8. Place a flat washer (F) over each carriage bolt.
  9. Screw a wing nut (G) onto each carriage bolt and hand tighten to exert pressure.

Notes:

  1. Additional layers can be used for pressing plants by repeating the assembly procedure. Only two Sitka Spruce boards are needed no matter how many layers are used. Longer carriage bolts will be needed if the number of layers exceed the length of the 4" bolts recommended.
  2. Cardboard box material can be used for corrugated board. Be sure the surfaces are clean, dry and free of any creases.
  3. For detailed information on pressing and drying plants see Trishscrafts.com

*Congratulations, your wooden flower press is finished and ready to use!

Share This:

Join Us On Facebook:
Join Us On Google+:
Woodworking Knowledge:
- Woodshop Information
- Woodworking Safety Rules
- Wood Projects
- Common Wood Joints
- Wood Glues
- Wood Finishing
- Woodworking Glossary
- Woodworking Tips
Copyright © 2005-2014 Lees Wood Projects.com