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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 02-05-2016 08:47 PM 840 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2016 08:47 PM

I am in the process of building a veneered door and was looking into using a vacuum pump and bag instead of clamps. I know nothing about vacuum pumps so need advice/suggestions. Door is 82”x29” so will need a pretty large bag.


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#1 posted 02-05-2016 09:01 PM

Get in touch with Veneer Supplies (sometimes called Joe Woodworker).

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#2 posted 02-06-2016 12:39 AM

I used Veneer Supplies that was suggested by Fred Hargis. I built a vacuum pump using the Venturi
Vacuum Press Kit for a relatively cheep cost. They have everything you need and great instructions on how to build it. I had to buy a larger compressor than I had but I planed on doing that anyway and use that for other things as well. How I really saved money was by going to JOANN Fabrics and buying the thickest vinyl they had and making my own Vacum bag using the connector sold from “Veneer Supplies”. I glued the vinyl together with HH-66 vinyl cement. It works just like the glue used on pvc pipe. The vinyl from the fabric store is pretty wide and I mad a bag big enough to do a 4’x10’ glue-up for about $40 several years ago. It was a lot cheaper than $200 for the same bag if I purchased it. I will give the disclaimer that the vinyl I bought was not nearly as good as the stuff they sell from V.S. but it works great and I still use it. I have since bought a smaller bag from V.S. and love it. I guess it all comes down to the money I would love to have bought a high end vacuum press that runs nice and quiet ( no compressor noise) but I could’t afford to but this got me up and running and I have no reason to change up what i’m using anytime soon.

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#3 posted 02-06-2016 12:42 AM

You might consider hammer veneering it. No clamps or vacuum pumps required.
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