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Do I need a vacuum pump for veneer work?

by RocDoc
posted 02-06-2018 05:39 PM


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 05:56 PM

Veneering is an ancient art, dating back to at least the ancient Egyptians … so, no you do not need a vacuum pump system … just steady even pressure.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 06:13 PM

Yup, clamp or a press works for flat, anything curved is where a vacuum bag really helps!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 06:56 PM

That system made for veneering skate boards uses a hand vacuum pump and it works pretty well I used it to veneer a mantel clock, I bet it would have enough capacity for your drawer fronts. Think I bought mine at Woodcraft, let me look for a link… Found teh company, here is a link to one of the models: http://www.roarockit.com/skateboard-building/thin-air-press/tap-kits/thin-air-press-kit-26x28/#.Wnn6H_mnG9I

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 07:06 PM

You’ll be just fine using clamps and platens to veneer those pieces, it’s done all the time.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 07:28 PM

If you learn to use hot hide glue you can hammer veneer these pieces with no clamps at all. I do a lot of veneering and use only hide glues for several reasons but the ability to glue with no clamps or only moderate clamping pressure is one o& them.
Here is a blog I did on hammer veneering (with a short video) although a quick search will find you lots of others.
http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/36014

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#6 posted 02-07-2018 02:44 AM

You don’t need one but if you do a lot of veneering, it can make the job a lot faster.

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 10:22 AM

Thanks of the input. I’ll go with clamps and platens.

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#8 posted 02-07-2018 12:28 PM



If you learn to use hot hide glue you can hammer veneer these pieces with no clamps at all. I do a lot of veneering and use only hide glues for several reasons but the ability to glue with no clamps or only moderate clamping pressure is one o& them.
Here is a blog I did on hammer veneering (with a short video) although a quick search will find you lots of others.
http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/36014
- shipwright

Wow Paul, that is a great technique and video! Thanks for sharing. That sure beats the expensive of the pump.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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