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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 Pedal
Vacuum Clamping Jigs
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

Vacuum Veneering - Tips, Tricks, and More

Parts and Construction Overview

There are essentially 4 categories of parts required to build a complete vacuum press system.

  1. Electric vacuum pump or an air powered vacuum generator (venturi)
  2. Main kit components available in kits from VeneerSupplies.com
  3. Miscellaneous hardware store items
  4. Vacuum press bag

In the following pages, you will find the do's and don'ts that pertain to making a quality vacuum veneer press. There will be a few parts that need to be ordered and you'll need to make a trip to your local hardware store as well. You'll find that each of these systems will get you into veneering with very little investment.

I gladly welcome any questions you may have about assembling a vacuum press. Feel free to contact me anytime. But first, be sure to check out the "Vac FAQ" for answers to the most common questions about vacuum press construction and vacuum pressing.

Project: EVS Electric Pump Vacuum Press
This system uses an electric vacuum pump to generate vacuum. A system like this is a bit heavy but it does not require an air compressor. A pump driven vacuum press also takes a bit longer to build but it's portable and can be adapted to many uses. It is especially useful and economical if you already own a vacuum pump and want to use it for vacuum pressing.

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Project EVS Vacuum Press
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Project: V2 - Venturi Based Model
(Using an air compressor)

This construction method uses 80 psi of compressed air to create vacuum via a venturi. When compressed air is forced through a conical nozzle, its velocity increases and as the air exits the nozzle, it expands, increasing in velocity further to supersonic speeds before entering the channel section. This channel creates a vacuum efficiently and economically. This version of the vacuum press requires an air compressor that can produce 1.2 CFM of air at 90 psi.

Project V2 Vacuum Press
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Project: V2 Premium - Venturi Based Model
(Using an air compressor)

The Premium version of the Project: V2 vacuum press draws 5.5 CFM of vacuum and is ideal for extra-large vacuum bags or large curved projects. It is very similar to the regular V2 press but has several upgraded components including a very powerful venturi. This version of the vacuum press requires an air compressor that can produce 9 CFM of air at 90 psi.

Project V2 Premium Vacuum Press
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