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shipwright

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1205 days ago

Every time I check the forums here I see another recommendation for someone to check out joethewoodworker.com DIY vacuum generators. It gets me wondering how many of us are using them. I’ve had mine complete with a couple of large bags, also per Joe’s instructions, for about five years and I couldn’t live without it.

So….... how many are we?

Do you have one?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/


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patron

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#1 posted 1205 days ago

me for one

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-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bill Davis

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#2 posted 1205 days ago

I made one.

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alan coon

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#3 posted 1205 days ago

Mine looks just like Bill’s

-- Al, South E. Az., But it's a dry heat.

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mfike

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#4 posted 1205 days ago

Mine is identical to Bill’s.

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rance

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#5 posted 1204 days ago

So which versions are you referencing. I see several on his website. Also, how much did you spend on building it and did you buy his $149 hardware kit? Thanks.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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souichiro

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#6 posted 1204 days ago

OOOH, this is cool. I can’t believe I’ve missed this. His site is down for maintenance at the moment, but I’m also curious as to how much did it cost to make. And what do you use to pull the vacuum, a venturi type of deal and your air compressor? Or what’s attached to that orange hose there?

-- Dale, Oregon

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shipwright

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#7 posted 1204 days ago

rance, I built mine before the kit was available so I sourced my parts separately from local sources but that’s about what they cost. Also there was only one version then as I remember but if there are more now I’d say mine is like Bill’s.

souichiro, yes it’s a venturi style vac generator and the orange hose would be his compressor hose connection.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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SPalm

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#8 posted 1204 days ago

Count me in. About a year ago I found a vacuum pump on Craigslist, had no idea what I was doing, and used the kit from Joe to make it workable. I blogged about it here. It is a real kick to veneer stuff. It adds a whole new dimension to projects, but I am such a newbie at it.

I just got some real vinyl sheeting from Joe for a Christmas present. Now I can make some proper bags and replace the shower curtain that I use on my press.

I have not bought any veneer from Joe’s other site (VeneerSupplies.com).

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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TheHarr

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#9 posted 1204 days ago

The arch panels for my jewelry boxes were made using a vacuum generator. I downloaded the instructions and bought a kit from Joe. I use it for veneering as well. It has taken my work to a new level. You can see pictures of my vacuum generator in my blog #2. Presently, I just ordered a router lift and am planning to make a new upgraded router table. See the Jessem forum discussion on that one. There’s a lot of discussion on this topic.

-- The wood is good.

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MedicKen

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#10 posted 1204 days ago

The vacuum press has been on my want to do list for a number if years but has never been done. Maybe this year it will come about

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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shipwright

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#11 posted 1204 days ago

FYI the sheet vinyl used to make windows in soft boat tops and awnings is the same stuff. I got mine at an awning shop . You can get different weights too. Lighter is easier to work with. Heavier will work better if you are bending with it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Billp

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#12 posted 1204 days ago

I made one that looks like Bills.

-- Billp

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bigike

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#13 posted 1204 days ago

I’m still in the market for one. I have one person who said they would sell me theirs after a project but I’m still waiting. Any longer I might go to Joe myself.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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shipwright

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#14 posted 1204 days ago

This is mine. Upright configuration but otherwise, just like the others.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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patron

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#15 posted 1204 days ago

i must be at the wrong bus stop

but i’m not sure where i’m going anyway

thanks for the company

have a great new year

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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