JoeWoodworker Veneer
The Official Website of this Non-Professional Woodworker ™

Part 1

Veneering Basics
14 Good Reasons
Vacuum Press Uses
Vacuum Press Options
Questions & Answers
Part 2
DIY Vacuum Press Plans

Vacuum Press Chart
Project: EVS™
Project: EVS-2™
Project: V4™
Project: CRS™
Excel 1™
Excel 3™
Excel 5™
Part 3
Vacuum Bagging

Vacuum Bag Basics
Polyurethane vs. Vinyl
DIY Vacuum Bags
Connect the Bag
Bag Closures
Bag Platens
Breather Mesh
DIY Frame Press

Part 4
Veneering Information

About Veneer
Veneering Glossary
Veneering Myths
Balancing a Panel

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
Edgebanding Guide
Paper-Backed Veneer


Part 5
Miscellaneous Info

Vacuum Press FAQ
Veneering FAQ
Veneer Glue FAQ
Vacuum Forming
Vacuum Clamping Pedal
Vacuum Clamping Jigs
Vacuum Clamp Matrix
DIY Vacuum Manifold
Vacuum Press Gallery 1
Vacuum Press Gallery 2


Vacuum Veneering - Tips, Tricks, and More

Paule Joubran of String Masters Custom Shop in Poway, California built this outstanding dual system with a custom frame press designed for guitar bodies.

"The reason I built this under a table top was to make room in our shop. Sanding and prepping can be done on the table top and once complete, you just needed to lift the lid beneath you, place the body in and start the motors with a switch I rigged on top. I used 1 1/2" square metal welded together and capped of with plastic caps.

I built two lids is because if one gluing process wasn't quite right, why disturb the other if it's gluing up fine. After the lids were built, I went to Home Depot and got some high end door hinges and a couple long handles to lift the lids with ease. I also purchased some nice door locks, the type you find in a hotel. It's a lever that wraps around a ball pin and allows the door to open slightly for the resident to see who it is before releasing the lever. I placed these upside down and made it a tight fit so you have to hit them in place.

Before mounting the lids, I placed some double back tape to hold the vinyl in place with a little bit of play, once the vinyl was in place, I placed a gasket on top of the vinyl to give it that solid seal. I also placed rubber cement at each corner to insure a proper seal." - Paule Joubran

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