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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

Project V2 Information
Type: Adjustable Auto-Cycling
Vacuum: Air Powered Venturi
Page: 2 of 9
Parts list

Parts:
The following parts are available at the hardware store. Warning: Brass products may contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

Qty
Item Description
Approximate Cost
Picture
1

8' Extension cord
Cheap: standard household extension cord
Expensive: grounded tool extension cord
Supplies electricity to the Mac valve

$6.00
Electric Cord
1
Light switch
Controls the main 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
$.29 ea
Romex Connector
1
3/4" Lumber (2 board ft)
Holds the complete press in an easy-to-carry unit
$8.00
30"

3" 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

Varies
PVC
4

3" 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

$6.00 ea
PVC Cap
1
Small jar of 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
1
Handle
Used to carry the vacuum press
This item is also available at VeneerSupplies.com
$4.00
Handle
*

Wood screws
4 of #8 x 1 1/2"
2 of #8 x 1/2"

These screws will be used to build the carrier and to mount the electrical box.
$2.00
Screws

Miscellaneous Items
You can help to support this article and save time and money by purchasing the following parts through VeneerSupplies.com. A builder's kit containing each of these components is now available. This kit saves you nearly $40 off the regular website price and $105 off standard retail prices.

Qty
Item Description
Retail
Price
Veneer
Supplies.com
Price
Picture
1
Roll of thread sealing tape
Makes the brass connections practically leak-proof
$1.00
Teflon Tape
4
Screws:
2 of #4 x 5/8"
Attaches vacuum controller to the carrier
2 of #4 x 1
¼"
Attaches Mac valve to the carrier
$.70 ea
Screws
1
Venturi vacuum pump (vacuum generator)
Creates vacuum using 80 psi of compressed air
$50.00
to $150.00

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Venturi Vacuum
1
3-Way Mac valve: 110V, 1/4" NPT
Controls the air flow from your air compressor

$29.00

MAC Valve
2
Hi-flex tubing (1/4" ID): 1 ft
Makes a soft connection between the venturi and vacuum controller to the manifold
$1.50
ea
2
Brass elbows: 1/4" NPT
Connect the manifold to tubing which is then connected to the venturi and the vacuum controller
$2.75
ea
Brass Elbow
1
Vacuum valve: 1/4" NPT
Allows the system to pre-charge before connecting to a vacuum bag
$6.95
Vacuum Valve
2
Brass street tee: 1/4" NPT
Connects the reservoirs to the rest of the manifold assembly
$4.00
ea
Brass Street Tee
2
Brass hex nipple: 1/4" NPT
Used in the manifold assembly
$2.50
ea
Hex Nipple
1
Brass barbed fitting: 1/8" NPT to 1/4" ID barb
Connects vacuum line to vacuum controller
$2.50
Barbed Fitting
1
Brass barbed fitting: 1/8" NPT to 1/4" ID barb
Connects the vacuum line to the venturi
$1.50
Barbed Fitting
1
Brass cross: 1/4" NPT
The heart of the manifold system
$3.50
Brass Cross
1
Brass female coupler: 1/4" NPT
Connects the check valve to the elbow fitting
$2.25
Brass Coupler
1
Quick connector for compressed air lines
Allows you to easily connect your compressed air line to the system
$1.99
Quick Connector
1
Brass close nipple: 1/4" NPT
Connects the Mac valve to the venturi
$.99
Close Nipple
1
Braided tubing: 3/8" I.D, 10 ft
Supplies pressure to the vacuum bag
$5.00
Vacuum Tube
1
Vacuum connector
Connects the system to your vacuum bag
$15.00
Vacuum Connector
1
Breather/filter: 1/4" NPT
Prevents dirt and debris for getting inside the top port of the Mac valve
$2.60
Breather Fitting
1

Brass check valve: male-male, 1/4" NPT
Prevents vacuum from escaping into the venturi when the Mac valve is closed

$15.00

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Check Valve

1

General purpose vacuum gauge
Measures the vacuum level inside the system and vacuum bag

$13.00
Vacuum Gauge
2
Straight brass barbed fitting: 1/4" NPT
Attaches vacuum valve to 3/8" ID vacuum tube
$1.55
Brass Fitting
1

Vacuum controller
Monitors the pressure inside the system and recharges vacuum as needed

$26.00-$115.00
Vacuum Controller
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

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