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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 08:56 PM

Hey William,

I’d never seen a frame press before, that’s pretty cool!

I couple challenges with using a drawer that I see:

Routing the vacuum hose into a closed drawer. You’ll need to keep vacuum pressure applied for several hours, if not overnight (depending on the glue you use and the project). That means keeping the hose attached to your frame for that length of time.

Heat – some cold-bond veneer press glues require a minimum ambient temperature of 70 degrees. If your shop is always that warm, no problem. Otherwise, you’ll have to find a way to warm that drawer. Most people use electric blankets to keep their projects toasty while they’re in the vacuum press. That might be challenging to do in a closed drawer.

Size – probably the most obvious, but you’re very limited as to the size project you can do. The only way to go bigger is to build a bigger drawer or resort to using a table.

Still sounds like a fun project with interesting challenges!

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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