Honey Press Build

A few months ago I wrote a research post on the Templeton-Stade Honey Press. This is a build post for a replica-light Honey Press I have been asked to build.


  1. Preparing the boards
  2. Building the frame
  3. The Press Internals
  4. The Screw and Handle.
  5. Legs
  6. Finished Press
  7. Drawings, Materials and Costs.

Step 1 – Preparing the boards

Finally started the HPB a few days ago cutting the wood into lengths for the 5 large main components. Under the watchful eye of Ada I cut the two sides, ends and the floor from the two long pieces of Wild Cherry I was able to source from The Wareham Woodshop.

The next step is to flatten all these boards and get them to the end working thickness. At the moment they are pretty curved from 20 years drying in a barn. Unfortunately, the board width is greater than 260mm and too wide for my Axminster Spiral Planer/Thicknesser so I’m going to have to surface them on the Ooznest WorkBee CNC.

Surfacing is a long and messy job. Each board is screwed down so it cannot be moved or lifted by the CNC. Then millimetre by millimetre wood is removed until it is flat. Once one side is done the wood is flipped and the process is repeated.

Its annoying that this method leaves cutter waves but this can be fixed with sanding in the final stages. Once all the boards are flat I’ll confirm the final thickness (hopefully it will match the planned 38mm) and then adjustments can be made.

Reflection 1: If I was to build another HP I wouldn’t use single large width boards. Two small widths would be easier source in bulk and greater variety. In addition, planning and preparing would be quicker.

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