Make Your Own Vacuum Pump & Pressing Table with Mark Osgood June 18 - 19, 2022

about this workshop

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.

Unique Instructor Mark Osgood

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$390 tuition + $240 materials*

*The material fee does not include the costs of the pump. There are choices on the quality of pumps that students can choose from. The material fee only includes the wooden parts for the table.

Key Points:
*Uses and demonstration of vacuum press and frame
*Construction of the vacuum press
*Construction of the vacuum frame
*Construction of the lower torsion box
*Discussion of other vacuum accessories

Workshop Days: Saturday & Sunday
Instruction Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.

Make Your Own Vacuum Pump & Pressing Table with Mark Osgood June 18 - 19, 2022


Availability: Open

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