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Part 1

Veneering Basics

14 Good Reasons
Vacuum Press Uses
Vacuum Press Options

Questions & Answers
Part 2
Project: EVS Vacuum Press

About Project: EVS
Parts List
Pump Selection
Build the Manifold
Build the Sub-Manifold
Build the Reservoirs
Make the Carrier
Final Assembly
Wire the Press
Testing and Adjusting
Mods and Options
Part 3
Vacuum Bagging

Vacuum Bag Basics
Polyurethane vs. Vinyl
DIY Vacuum Bags (A)
DIY Vacuum Bags (B)
Connect the Bag
Bag Closures
Bag Platens
Breather Mesh
DIY Frame Press

Part 4
Veneering Information

About Veneer
Veneering Glossary
Veneering Myths
Balancing a Panel

Veneer Glues
Veneering Tips
Substrate Materials
Flattening Veneers
A Sharp Veneer Saw
Jointing Veneers
Taping Veneers
Dealing with Defects
Curing Glued Panels
Veneering w/o Vacuum
Hammer Veneering
Iron-On Veneering
Veneer Storage
Amazing Bookmatches
Copper Veneer Guide
Paperbacked Veneer

Edgebanding Guide

Part 5
Miscellaneous Info

Vacuum Press FAQ
Veneering FAQ
Veneer Glue FAQ
Copper Veneer FAQ

Vacuum Forming
Vacuum Chucking
Vacuum Clamping Pedal
Vacuum Clamping Jigs
Vacuum Clamp Matrix
DIY Vacuum Manifold
Vacuum Press Gallery 1
Vacuum Press Gallery 2

Downloads (PDF's)

EVS Logo Information
Type: Adjustable Auto-Cycling
Vacuum: Electric Pump
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Build the Manifold
The manifold creates a hard connection between the reservoirs, gauge, intake, pressure controller and the vacuum source. It's much easier than it looks, so let's get going!

Warning: Brass products may contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

Parts used in this section: Time: Tools:

Barb fitting - 1/4 NPT-male to 1/4" barb (1)
Brass branch tee - 1/4 NPT (2)
Brass pipe 1.5" - 1/4 NPT (2)
Brass cross - 1/4 NPT (1)
Vacuum valve (1)
Vacuum gauge (1)
Brass fitting - 1/4 NPT-male to 3/8" barb (1)
Brass elbow fitting - 1/4 NPT-male to 3/8" barb (1)

25 minutes

Wrenches or pliers
Thread-sealing tape

  1. Place two passes of thread-sealing tape on each of the male threads from the parts list shown above. Wrap the tape clockwise around the fitting.
  2. Attach the two brass pipes (1.5" long) to opposite sides of the brass cross fitting.
  3. Attach a brass branch tee to each of the brass pipe union fittings. Note the direction of these fittings in relation to the brass cross as shown in the picture below. This is critical.
  4. Attach the vacuum valve to the brass cross as shown below. Again, note the orientation of the handle on the valve. It must be aligned correctly with the rest of the manifold.
  5. Attach the brass barb fitting (3/8" barb to 1/4 NPT-male) to the vacuum valve.
  6. Attach the brass barb fitting (1/4" barb to 1/4 NPT-male) to the open end of the branch tee as shown in the picture below.
  7. Attach the vacuum gauge to the manifold. Note that the face of the gauge points toward the brass barb fitting in step 6. The bubble in the gauge is normal.
  8. If the needle on the gauge is not resting at zero, you will need to release the pressure inside the gauge housing. With the gauge in the upright position, use a small flat-tip screwdriver to gently lift the edge of the rubber insert on the top of the gauge. Release when the needle drops back to the zero position. Do not cut off the rubber top of the fitting. Note that the air bubble in the gauge is normal. This bubble keeps the gauge accurate regardless of altitude.
  9. Attach the brass elbow fitting (3/8" barb to 1/4 NPT-male) to the remaining open side on the branch tee.

The final assembly should appear as shown in the picture below.
Place your cursor over the picture to label each part.

Manifold Assembly

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