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Part 1
Introduction

Welcome
Veneering Basics

14 Good Reasons
Vacuum Press Uses
Vacuum Press Options
Overview

Questions & Answers
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Part 2a (Option 1 of 2)
Project: V2 Venturi Press

About Project: V2
Parts List
Build the Manifold
Build the Reservoirs
Assemble the Venturi
Make the Carrier
Wire the Press
Testing and Adjusting
Mods and Options
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Part 2b (Option 2 of 2)
Project: EVS Pump Press

About Project: EVS
Parts List
Pump Selection
Build the Manifold
Build the Sub-Manifold
Build the Reservoirs
Make the Carrier
Final Assembly
Wire the Press
Testing and Adjusting
Mods and Options
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Part 3
Vacuum Bagging

Vacuum Bag Basics
Polyurethane vs. Vinyl
DIY Vacuum Bags (A)
DIY Vacuum Bags (B)
Connect the Bag
Bag Closures
Bag Platens
Breather Mesh
Maintenance
DIY Frame Press

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Part 4
Veneer Information

About Veneer
Veneering Glossary
Veneering Myths
Backer Veneer

Veneer Glues
Veneering Tips
Substrate Materials
Flattening Veneers
A Sharp Veneer Saw
Jointing Veneers
Taping Veneers
Dealing with Defects
Curing Glued Panels
Veneering w/o Vacuum
Hammer Veneering
Iron-On Veneering
Veneer Storage
Amazing Bookmatches
Copper Veneer Guide
Paperbacked Veneer

Edgebanding Guide
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Part 5
Miscellaneous Info

Vacuum Forming
Vacuum Chucking
Vacuum Clamping
Vacuum Clamp Matrix
DIY Vacuum Manifold
Vacuum Press Gallery 1
Vacuum Press Gallery 2

Veneering FAQ
Veneer Glue FAQ
The Vac FAQ
Copper Veneer FAQ
Downloads (PDF's)

VeneerSupplies.com

EVS Logo Information
Type: Adjustable Auto-Cycling
Vacuum: Electric Pump
Page: 2 of 11
EVS Head Assembly

Parts List: Hardware Store
The following parts are available at the hardware store. Home Depot and Lowes might save you a couple of bucks, but the sales are more appreciated at your local family-owned hardware store.

Qty
Item Description
Approximate Cost
Picture
1

8' Extension Cord
Standard two or three-wire extension cord

Supplies electricity to the Mac valve and pump

$6.00
Power Cord
1
Light Switch
Controls the power to the system
$.99
Light Switch
1
Electrical Utility Box or "Handy Box"
Houses the switch and electrical connections

$1.49
Utility Box
1
Switch Plate Cover
Covers the handy box and hides the wiring inside
$.99
Switch Plate
2
Romex Connectors
Protects the wires entering into the utility box
$.30 ea
Romex Connector
1
3/4" Plywood - 2' x 4'
Used to make a carrier for the system
$14.00
 
30"

4" Diameter schedule 40 or 80 PVC pipe
This must be solid core PVC. If you can not find schedule 40 or 80 pipe, contact your local plumbing supplier and ask for pipe that meets ASTM-D2241 requirements.

This item is also available at VeneerSupplies.com

Holds spare vacuum and prevents the unit from switching on and off too frequently

Free?
PVC
4

4" PVC schedule 40 pipe cap
According to Uni-Bell, all PVC caps are solid and are suitable for vacuum.

This item is also available at VeneerSupplies.com

Holds spare vacuum and prevents the unit from switching on and off too frequently

$7.00 ea
PVC Cap
6"
1.5" Diameter Schedule 40 or 80 PVC Pipe
(solid core)
Holds temporary free air and allows the pump to achieve full RPM before vacuum is directed to the main reservoirs
$2.00 ea
 
2
1.5" PVC Schedule 40 or 80 Pipe Cap
$2.00 ea
 
1
PVC Cement
Permanently welds the PVC caps to the PVC pipe
$6.00
PVC Cement
1

Pipe Tap - 1/4" NPT
The pipe tap is used to create threads in the PVC caps of the reservoir system.

This item is also available at VeneerSupplies.com

$8.00
Pipe Tap
*
Wood Screws
8 of #8 x
" For construction of the carrier
2 of #8 x
½" Holds the utility box in place
$1.00
Screws
3
Wire Nuts
3 of Red, Yellow, or Orange
Securely attaches electrical wires inside the utility box
$1.00
Wire Nuts
4

Rubber "Feet" or Bumpers
These are (optionally) used on the bottom of the carrier to isolate any system vibrations. You can find these in most hardware stores in the aisle where cabinet door hardware is sold.

If you purchase a 5 CFM vacuum pump from VeneerSupplies.com, you can use the rubber feet included with the pump for this purpose.

$3.00
Rubber Feet


Parts List: VeneerSupplies.com or Other Internet Sources
You can help to support this article and save time and money by purchasing the following parts through VeneerSupplies.com. A 32-piece builder's kit containing each of these components (not including the vacuum pump) is now available. This kit saves you nearly $40 off the regular website price and $95 off standard retail prices.

Qty
Item Description
Retail
Price
Veneer
Supplies.com
Price
Picture
1

Vacuum Controller
Monitors the vacuum level inside the system and cycles the system on and off as needed

$26.00-$115.00
Vacuum Controller/Switch

1

Stainless Steel Vacuum Gauge
Measures the vacuum level inside the system and vacuum bag

$22.00
Vacuum Gauge
2
Screws:
#4 x 5/8"
Attaches vacuum controller to the carrier
$.90
Screws
1
Vacuum Valve: 1/4" NPT
Allows the system to pre-charge before connecting to a vacuum bag
$8.00
Vacuum Valve
1
3-Way Mac Valve: 120VAC, 1/4" NPT
Controls the air flow in the sub-manifold and unloads pressure from the vacuum pump when the system cycles off

$29.00

Mac Valve
1
Lock-On Vacuum Bag Connector
Connects the system to your vacuum bag
$15.00
Lock on Connector
1
Vacuum Filter: High Flow (or Low Loss) 1/4" NPT
Protects the vacuum pump from debris
$21.50
Vacuum Filter
1
Hi-Flex Tubing (1/4" ID): 1 ft
Makes a soft connection between the vacuum controller and the manifold
$1.50
ea
Tube
1

Brass Check Valve: Female to Male, 1/4" NPT
Prevents vacuum from escaping into the sub-reservoir when the Mac valve is opened

$15.00

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Check Valve
1
Breather Fitting: 1/4" NPT
Prevents dirt and debris from getting inside the top port of the Mac valve when the system cycles off
$2.60
Brass Fitting
2
Brass Elbows: 1/4" NPT to 3/8" Barb
An odd fitting that makes it easy to connect the sub-manifold to the main manifold
$2.50 ea
Brass Elbow
1
Roll of Thread Sealing Tape
Makes the brass connections practically leak-proof
$1.00
Teflon Tape
2
Brass Branch Tee: 1/4" NPT
Connects the reservoirs to the rest of the manifold assembly
$4.00
ea
Brass Branch Tee
2
Brass Pipe Union (Hex Nipple): 1/4" NPT
Ataches the filter to the pump and sub-reservoir manifold to the filter
$2.50
ea
Brass Hex Nipple
1
Brass Barbed Fitting: 1/8" NPT-Female to 1/4" Barb
Connects vacuum line to vacuum controller
$1.50
Brass Barb Fitting
1
Brass Cross: 1/4" NPT
The heart of the main manifold
$3.50
Brass Cross
1
Brass Pipe: 1/4" NPT x 2"
An important part of the sub-manifold assembly
$2.25
2

Brass Fittings: 1/4" NPT to 3/8" Hose Barb

Connects the braided vacuum tube to the lock-on bag connector

$2.00 ea
Brass Barb Fitting
1

Brass Fitting: 1/4" NPT to 1/4" Hose Barb
Connects the 1/4" black tubing from the vacuum controller to the manifold

$1.75
Brass Barb Fitting
1

Brass Street Tee: 1/4" NPT
Another important part of the sub-manifold assembly

$2.50
1
Brass Street Elbow: 1/4" NPT
An integral part of the sub-manifold
$2.95
2
Brass Pipe - 1/4" NPT (1.5" long)
Part of the manifold
$2.00
Brass Pipe
1
Braided Tubing: 3/8" I.D, 10 ft
Supplies pressure to the vacuum bag; also connects the sub-manifold to the main manifold
$6.00
Braided Tubing
2

Crimp-On Connectors: Red
3/16" wide for 16 to 22 gauge wire

Connects the wire to the terminals on the vacuum controller without soldering
$.79
Connectors
1
Electric Vacuum Pump: 120VAC

Must be capable of pulling at least 21" of Hg.

The vacuum pump creates vacuum.

$50.00
to $500.00

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Vacuum Pump
1
Vacuum Damper: 1/8" NPT
(only used if the vacuum pump draws more than 4 CFM of air flow)
Minimizes pressure fluctuations against the vacuum controller
$12.00
Vacuum Damper
1

Vacuum Controller Relay: 30 amp contacts with 120v relay coil
(only used if your pump draws more than 10 amps at startup)

The relay handles the high-current load of the pump and prevents the vacuum controller from burning up when use with larger vacuum pumps.

$21.00

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