Vacuum Pressing Made Simple
Includes companion
step-by-step dvd

by Darryl Keil

235 x 275mm

Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.


ISBN 978-1-60085-316-6

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Extract from back cover of book:

These integrated book/DVD sets demystify woodworking subjects that seem daunting and help you easily learn new techniques. The DVD allows you to watch a pro demonstrate exactly what to do, while the book serves as a shop-friendly guide at your elbow. Together they form a powerful tool designed to give you a quick grasp of all the information you need.

The vacuum press is a versatile tool that should be in every woodworker's shop. Using it is as simple as sealing a project inside of a bag and flicking a switch on a pump. This book and DVD set covers all the essential information any woodworker needs to know about vacuum pressing from veneering flat and curved panels to creating bent laminations and clamping projects to the workbench for routing or sanding. Watch the DVD and then follow along in the book to learn how to use the vacuum press for all kinds of creative woodworking applications.

About the Author: Darryl Keil developed the first commercial vacuum press for the woodworking industry. A furnituremaker and cabinetmaker for 20 years, his work and writings have appeared in leading woodworking and trade publications. Keil has worked as a technical consultant to woodworking facilities across the US and teaches veneering classes in the U.S. and abroad. He runs his business, Vacuum Pressing Systems, Inc., in Brunswick, Maine.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial


Chapter 1: Vacuum press basics
- Why use a vacuum press?
- How a vacuum press works

Chapter 2: Choosing equipment
- Vacuum pump specifications
- Types of pumps
- Choosing the right pump
- Vacuum bags
- Hoses
- Sealing a vacuum pressing bag

Chapter 3: Pressing a flat panel
- Creating a platen
- Setting up and testing your vacuum press
- Choosing the right glue
- Preparing the veneer
- Veneering a flat panel
- Making the platen
- Testing the vacuum press
- Trimming veneer
- Taping veneer
- Pressing a flat veneered panel
- Removing veneer tape

Chapter 4: Pressing a curved panel
- Building a form
- Making the curved panel
- Pressing the panel
- Veneering a curved panel
- Making a male form
- Gluing up the panel
- Prepping the veneer
- Applying veneer to the curved panel

Chapter 5: Pressing a bent lamination
- Using the "outside technique"
- Making a bent lamination form
- Making the bent lamination platen
- Pressing the bent lamination
- Gluing up the laminations
- Setting up for bending
- Pressing an arched door jamb

Chapter 6: Using a vacuum press for clamping
- Vacuum vs. conventional clamping
- Commercial vacuum clamping pods
- Making a hold-down clamp
- Making clamping jigs
- Setting up and using commercial pods
- Making a vacuum hold-down clamp
- Using a right-angle clamping jig
- Using a double-sided clamping jig

Chapter 7: Maintenance and troubleshooting
- Caring for your bag
- Caring for your pump
- Troubleshooting a pump that fails to reach vacuum
- Troubleshooting auto self-cycling pumps
- Maintaining a tight bag seal
- Preventing glue build-up in bag
- Identifying leaks in a vacuum bag
- Patching bag leaks with a self-adhesive patch
- Cleaning the pump's intake filter jar

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