Vacuum press "Joewoodworker kit"

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Project by Rj posted 06-22-2008 02:10 AM 5679 views 20 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this last summer and love it = It was super easy and I saved big bucks doing it Myself
another Plus you can do vacuum clamping with this system.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#1 posted 06-22-2008 03:10 AM

Pretty nice. I use nothing but a pump and filter, but that setup is nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-22-2008 05:09 AM

great invention : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 06-22-2008 09:15 PM

Great invention, look out now Gary will make one better with 2 rubber bands and a spoon. LOL

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 06-22-2008 11:30 PM

Nice job. I have been looking at this for a couple of years now for a veneer bag and a clamp for the CNC. Have you done any clamping with it yet?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-23-2008 12:23 AM

I’d love to see some specs and details on this. A project I’d love to do and any info would save a lot of “engineering” time. Did you get this from another site?


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#6 posted 06-23-2008 02:05 AM

David if you go to this part of Joewoodworkers site it will give you the instructions on how to make one just like mine infact mine is a copy of the one shown. (
Its step by step instructions , I did buy the kit and a rebuilt pump from him to save some $$$. the rest you can get from your local hardware store.

Steve I have not tried clamping with it yet but intend too =if you go to his site it will tell you everything you need.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 06-23-2008 02:19 AM

Thank you sir… you’re a gentleman, scholar and very clever fellow.

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#8 posted 06-23-2008 04:48 AM

That’s cool, RJ.

What kind of bag do you use with it. Are you happy with that too?

-- johnjoiner

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#9 posted 06-23-2008 05:05 AM

Thanks John
I have a 4’x4’ & a 4’x8’ bags – I use 30 gauge= I have no complaints whats so ever. here’s a link to that part of joewoodworker’s site .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 06-23-2008 07:08 PM

Cool. I hope to make one simular to that at some point. Thanks for the info

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#11 posted 06-23-2008 07:36 PM

RJ I made one also but my pump is too heavy to put on the carring rig so i carry it seperate.

Nice looking. I’m getting a small amount of vacuum leaking I need to go find the gap in the system.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 06-24-2008 07:12 PM

I’ve been using mine for years. It ain’t as purty as yours, though.

Joe is a real stand-up guy. I was living in MD when I built mine, and he invited me to his home on a weekend to show me the ropes on veneering with a press and test my press out to make sure it was good to go.

When I moved to Europe (military) I took my 110V/60Hz pump back to Joe on my first TDY trip back to MD and he swapped it for me with a 220V/50Hz pump at a very reasonable price!! (in fact I’m not sure he charged me at all).

I’ll probably sell mine or donate it to the wood shop on base when I move again. Then I can upgrade to one of Joe’s venturi kits when I move back and get reunited with my air compressor! Man, I sure miss my tools!

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#13 posted 06-24-2008 07:16 PM


Just in case you haven’t seen them already, Joe has tips on his site for how to locate leaks pretty easily. I think it’s in the last part of the build tutorial. Start with the valve stem, that’s apparently a common culprit. Mine’s been pretty good thus far. It usually cycles about once every 7-10 minutes on my 4’x4’ 30 gauge vinyl bag (longer cycle time on my 2’x4’ poly bag) if I have a good seal on the bag closure. That’s with the pressure switch set for a shutoff at 24 in Hg.

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#14 posted 06-24-2008 08:00 PM

Sorry Karson for not getting back sooner
My unit doesn’t leak at all in fact once the air is sucked out it doesnt cycle at all it stays air tight for as long as needed.
My system weighs 36.5 lbs and measures 12”wide x 18 long” x 14” tall

To seal the end of the bag I use Joe’s type of closer ( you get one free when buying a bag)
its a piece of PVC type plastic pipe with another piece that snaps over it .

Muzhik is right about getting the info you need by going to Joe’s site

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#15 posted 06-26-2008 06:36 AM

Great piece of engineering.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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