|Project by TampaMark||posted 09-01-2014 01:24 AM||2232 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
I have been working with walnut burl veneer lately and needed to invest in a good vacuum press. The size of the panels needed was just too large to try and clamp up. I went to the joewoodworker.com website and ordered parts to build my own vacuum pump. While there, I became intrigued with the idea of building a frame press instead of using the more traditional vacuum bags.
I decided to make a 35”x51” frame press that I have incorporated into the outfeed table of my table saw. I built the frame to lay flat on a leftover sheet of prefinished maple plywood. I notched the edges of the setup to allow my outfeed table to lay down on top of the frame press when it is not in use.
The frame build took about two hours to build, while the pump took about four hours to build. I used them both for the first time today with great success. I glue up three panels of 24”x48” walnut burl veneer leaving them in the vacuum for an hour each.
If anyone is interested in vacuum pressing, the joewoodworker website is excellent. In addition to great information, they get your order to you very quickly and answer any questions you have super fast. I have been ordering my veneer through Joe’s other website for years, but was blown away with the service he provided as I put the pump and frame together.
-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)