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Forum topic by bent posted 1718 days ago 1231 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bent

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1718 days ago

has anyone else those “as seen on tv” products called space bags? it’s basically a thick plastic bag with a little adaptor/valve to hook up a vaccum and suck the air out. it’s for storing clothes and blankets in a compacted manner. i was just wondering if anyone has tried using them as a vacuum press for veneering or laminating. they seem pretty similar to the vacuum veneering kits designed for woodworking, except they’re a whole lot cheaper. i’m just curious what you guys think on this one, i don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work.


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interpim

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#1 posted 1718 days ago

These are way to flimsy to work for woodworking.
I think the space bags themselves are a ripoff for the application they are designed for.

I bought a few of them a few years ago, and used them to pack all my clothing, linen, and pillows for a cross country move. The bags ripped before I got them to the car. I think the plastic is way to thin and the seems aren’t built for a real heavy vacuum.

-- San Diego, CA

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Rick Boyett

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#2 posted 1718 days ago

I’ve had space bags and a vacuum press. The level of quality and durability is worlds apart. A vacuum bag is made from thicker material with much stronger seems. The plastic is also different. As interpim said, space bags are cheap. The only space bag that I’ve ever seen that are actually worth the money are the ones I’ve seen in Japan. They are extremely popular over there because everyone has very little storage space. For some reason, the manufacturer tries to put out a quality product. However, even that isn’t as strong as a vacuum press bag.

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 1718 days ago

I have to echo the above 2 comments. I’ve seen both bags and they are worlds apart in thickness and durability.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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