Vacuum Press help #1: Just got it, now would like some good advise

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Blog entry by Ellen posted 04-15-2007 06:38 PM 1726 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I was just given a vacuum press from a printer friend and just want to make sure I get the right stuff the first time. I have been to and a few veneerin sites, but want the real story from one of my lumberjock buddies.

I am hoping for economical advise. Since I got it for free, I don’t want to spend a fortune on all the supplies that we will use a few times. Just wondering if a 12 mil clear vinyl shower curtain will work for small jobs.

Thanks in advance for all your help!

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 04-15-2007 06:55 PM

20 mil is the least thickness to use. Use the vinyl for less expense.
Veneer doesn’t go stale so if you buy a lot you will have it for whenever you want it.
For a good selection of small, but useable pieces go to
Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. Paul has $50 bundles that have a terrific selection of veneers that would cost 3x as much elsewhere.

It’s really hard to screw up veneer but if you do the expense, at our level, is not that great.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 04-15-2007 08:14 PM

I’ve bought all of my veneer on ebay. The prices have gone up since I started buying. And I’ve not bought any in 4 years because I’ve got 2-3 lifetimes supply.

Ellen go to for supplies also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 04-15-2007 08:19 PM

Thanks for this post Ellen. I’m very interested in getting in to some veneering.

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#4 posted 04-15-2007 09:47 PM

Back from doing some family stuff.

Joewoodworker is a good source.

Woodcraft has a deal with a veneer company in SC. I spoke with them at IWF and they were surprised at how big a market it has become. It is geared towards the small user market and, inch per inch, it is very expensive but if you only want a small amount it is not too bad. Personally, I would rather spend a little more and get a whole lot more. is a major supplier of veneer. They have a good discount program. We sometimes pool our orders to take advantage of the 30% discount.

Just in case you are left handed – you cannot use the veneer saw with a handle on it because it is only designed for right handed folk. You need to get the french made veneer saw. It can be used wither handed.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 02-08-2009 08:06 PM

I have used Woodcraft for Veneer and also Rockler for smaller pieces. I also have found in my area a place that recycles thing for creative use and they often have small quantities of veneers. There are also some people who sells veneers on the IAP site under individual classifieds.

-- Cindy

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