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Forum topic by Zboom posted 01-06-2016 12:57 AM 393 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2016 12:57 AM

I’m just getting into veneering and wanted to see if anyone has a hammer or glue pot for sale. Also interested in a vacuum bag as well.


-- Michael,

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 03:20 PM

A veneer hammer and glue pot are easy to rig up on the cheap. A veneer “hammer” is not really a hammer for pounding, it is simply a device to apply pressure to veneer after it is glued. You can easily make one from wood. Google “hide glue veneer hammer” and see all of the types. And the glue pot needn’t be an expensive one bought from a woodworking supply company. Just buy a used Rival “Hot Pot” or something similar ( Just put some water in the hot pot and adjust the temperature. Never put the glue directly in the hot pot, use a small stainless steel cup, put the glue in the cup and the cup in the Hot Pot. Hot Pots are great. I have used one every morning to make oatmeal for breakfast for years. They seem to last forever.

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 01:28 AM

+1 the above.
The setup looks like this. Also in the photo are a Two Cherries hammer from and a shop made one that kiefer made for me that works just as well.

If you want a really cheap veneer hammer that works surprisingly well. Check out this review.

Keep us posted on your progress.

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 04:52 AM

I should have addressed the vacuum bag. What you need is best found at a fiberglass molding supply house like The expensive part is the vacuum pump. You might find a used one on eBay. Harbor Freight has a couple, probably the lowest price you will find. You can get the plastic sheet and tape at Home Depot or Lowe’s and all you need are some fittings sold at the fiberglass molding supply house. Once you have the pump, the rest is cheap. You will need a thru-bag vacuum connector and a shut-off valve. The valve can be a plumbing valve obtainable at Home Depot of Loew’s. A vacuum gauge is helpful but not necessary. I have heard of people using a shop vacuum, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t think it would draw enough vacuum and the vacuum motor needs air passing through it to stay cool. To get started though, you don’t need the vacuum bag. Veneering has been done quite successfully for centuries without a vacuum bag.


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#4 posted 01-08-2016 12:47 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I did some looking and I think i will make my own hammer and use a hot pot for a pot. I really appreciate the “more economical ideas.”

In regards to vacuum press I have a pump that I use to stabilize turning blanks so that part is done. Joewoodworker sells the bags but holy crap they are expensive. I think I’ll try my hand at making one eventually if I get into bigger panels. Right now I’m just thiinking of doing box tops amd items in that size range. At least with the hammer I can decide if I like doing it.

Thanks again and if you have more links or ideas please let me know, I’m a sponge for these things

-- Michael,

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 12:52 AM

Just looks up Shipwright’s blogs and projects. I’d have his freakin babies.

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