Make Your Own Vacuum Pump & Pressing Table with Mark Osgood June 18-19, 2022
A vacuum press has many uses in the wood shop. It can be used to draw down vacuum in a vacuum bag or a vacuum table, for a chuck on a lathe, or clamps at your workbench. It is excellent for flattening veneers or drying veneer after dyeing. If you enjoy making guitars, this press can be used to power a low impact bridge clamp. Of course, a vacuum press does wonders as a press for marquetry work. A vacuum frame/vacuum table combination makes gluing up blanks or flatwork a breeze. Simply lift up the top frame, place your project on top of the flat torsion box, set the frame back down and apply vacuum. However, a frame alone can be used on any nonporous surface such as a table saw outfeed or a workbench. Students will build their own vacuum frame and torsion box that can be used flat or if necessary, stored upright and out of the way, once a vacuum has been drawn. This press can go head-to-head with the best vacuum presses offered commercially and this class would be the perfect prelude to a veneer class at MASW.