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gert
06-12-2003, 06:05 PM
Who sells a reasonably priced comercial vacume press, not for doing boats (not yet anyway)

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gert
06-12-2003, 06:05 PM
Who sells a reasonably priced comercial vacume press, not for doing boats (not yet anyway)

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gert
06-12-2003, 06:05 PM
Who sells a reasonably priced comercial vacume press, not for doing boats (not yet anyway)

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mmd
06-13-2003, 12:50 AM
Our sponsor's sister publication, Professional Boatbuilder, has an excellent article by Bruce Pfund on vacuum bagging in the June/July edition (Number 83). I don't believe that he lists suppliers of complete systems, but he does mention a company - E. McGrath Inc. in Salem Mass. - that sells used vacuum pumps. You wouldn't be wasting your money if you ordered an copy of this issue.

mmd
06-13-2003, 12:50 AM
Our sponsor's sister publication, Professional Boatbuilder, has an excellent article by Bruce Pfund on vacuum bagging in the June/July edition (Number 83). I don't believe that he lists suppliers of complete systems, but he does mention a company - E. McGrath Inc. in Salem Mass. - that sells used vacuum pumps. You wouldn't be wasting your money if you ordered an copy of this issue.

mmd
06-13-2003, 12:50 AM
Our sponsor's sister publication, Professional Boatbuilder, has an excellent article by Bruce Pfund on vacuum bagging in the June/July edition (Number 83). I don't believe that he lists suppliers of complete systems, but he does mention a company - E. McGrath Inc. in Salem Mass. - that sells used vacuum pumps. You wouldn't be wasting your money if you ordered an copy of this issue.

Mrleft8
06-13-2003, 08:04 AM
I got mine from "Wood Craft". It cost about $200, with the bag. The least expensive one I saw anywhere. I've had it for about 10 years now. It's an excellent little machine. I think it was built by the VAK-uum co. up in Maine... I've bought other size bags from them, and they're all good. The largest surface I've veneered is a 6' Dia. table top (16 piece pie, can you say nerve wracking?), and it handled that just fine.

Mrleft8
06-13-2003, 08:04 AM
I got mine from "Wood Craft". It cost about $200, with the bag. The least expensive one I saw anywhere. I've had it for about 10 years now. It's an excellent little machine. I think it was built by the VAK-uum co. up in Maine... I've bought other size bags from them, and they're all good. The largest surface I've veneered is a 6' Dia. table top (16 piece pie, can you say nerve wracking?), and it handled that just fine.

Mrleft8
06-13-2003, 08:04 AM
I got mine from "Wood Craft". It cost about $200, with the bag. The least expensive one I saw anywhere. I've had it for about 10 years now. It's an excellent little machine. I think it was built by the VAK-uum co. up in Maine... I've bought other size bags from them, and they're all good. The largest surface I've veneered is a 6' Dia. table top (16 piece pie, can you say nerve wracking?), and it handled that just fine.

Bruce Hooke
06-13-2003, 10:37 AM
I put my system together using on a used vacuum pump and supplies largely obtained from McMaster-Carr (I made my own bag), but here is a list of suppliers to look at:

http://www.qualityvak.com

http://www.vacupress.com

http://www.gougeonbrothers.com

http://www.highlandhardware.com

There have been some good articles on the subject in Fine Woodworking, and these articles generally do a better job of addressing typical furniture-making applications, as opposed to boat-building uses, than boat-oriented publications will (although both are worth looking at). The key difference is that in furniture work you usually put everything inside a bag and seal up the bag, whereas on boats you typically seal a sheet of plastic down over one side of an airtight form.

Bruce Hooke
06-13-2003, 10:37 AM
I put my system together using on a used vacuum pump and supplies largely obtained from McMaster-Carr (I made my own bag), but here is a list of suppliers to look at:

http://www.qualityvak.com

http://www.vacupress.com

http://www.gougeonbrothers.com

http://www.highlandhardware.com

There have been some good articles on the subject in Fine Woodworking, and these articles generally do a better job of addressing typical furniture-making applications, as opposed to boat-building uses, than boat-oriented publications will (although both are worth looking at). The key difference is that in furniture work you usually put everything inside a bag and seal up the bag, whereas on boats you typically seal a sheet of plastic down over one side of an airtight form.

Bruce Hooke
06-13-2003, 10:37 AM
I put my system together using on a used vacuum pump and supplies largely obtained from McMaster-Carr (I made my own bag), but here is a list of suppliers to look at:

http://www.qualityvak.com

http://www.vacupress.com

http://www.gougeonbrothers.com

http://www.highlandhardware.com

There have been some good articles on the subject in Fine Woodworking, and these articles generally do a better job of addressing typical furniture-making applications, as opposed to boat-building uses, than boat-oriented publications will (although both are worth looking at). The key difference is that in furniture work you usually put everything inside a bag and seal up the bag, whereas on boats you typically seal a sheet of plastic down over one side of an airtight form.

gert
06-13-2003, 01:20 PM
Thank-you

gert
06-13-2003, 01:20 PM
Thank-you

gert
06-13-2003, 01:20 PM
Thank-you

TomRobb
06-13-2003, 03:15 PM
On TV the other day I saw several commercials for bags into which you pack bulky items, suck out the air w/ a houshold vac or shop vac so they take up considerably less room.
They were cheap - 20$ or so?
It might be worth investigating - not much to lose. If you laminate w/ epoxy, you don't need much pressure.

TomRobb
06-13-2003, 03:15 PM
On TV the other day I saw several commercials for bags into which you pack bulky items, suck out the air w/ a houshold vac or shop vac so they take up considerably less room.
They were cheap - 20$ or so?
It might be worth investigating - not much to lose. If you laminate w/ epoxy, you don't need much pressure.

TomRobb
06-13-2003, 03:15 PM
On TV the other day I saw several commercials for bags into which you pack bulky items, suck out the air w/ a houshold vac or shop vac so they take up considerably less room.
They were cheap - 20$ or so?
It might be worth investigating - not much to lose. If you laminate w/ epoxy, you don't need much pressure.

Bruce Hooke
06-13-2003, 03:35 PM
BTW - If your time is very valuable then by all means get a pre-made bag that has some sort of a quick seal system for closing the bag. If not then know that you can make your own bag for about 1/4 the cost of the commercial ones. IIRC this was covered in detail in one of the Fine Woodworking articles. I got all the bag materials from McMaster-Carr (except the 2x4 that I cut in half so that the two halves key together with a "V-Joint" -- I place the bag mouth between the two halves of the 2x4 and clamp down with c-clamps to seal the bag).

Bruce Hooke
06-13-2003, 03:35 PM
BTW - If your time is very valuable then by all means get a pre-made bag that has some sort of a quick seal system for closing the bag. If not then know that you can make your own bag for about 1/4 the cost of the commercial ones. IIRC this was covered in detail in one of the Fine Woodworking articles. I got all the bag materials from McMaster-Carr (except the 2x4 that I cut in half so that the two halves key together with a "V-Joint" -- I place the bag mouth between the two halves of the 2x4 and clamp down with c-clamps to seal the bag).

Bruce Hooke
06-13-2003, 03:35 PM
BTW - If your time is very valuable then by all means get a pre-made bag that has some sort of a quick seal system for closing the bag. If not then know that you can make your own bag for about 1/4 the cost of the commercial ones. IIRC this was covered in detail in one of the Fine Woodworking articles. I got all the bag materials from McMaster-Carr (except the 2x4 that I cut in half so that the two halves key together with a "V-Joint" -- I place the bag mouth between the two halves of the 2x4 and clamp down with c-clamps to seal the bag).