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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)


Vacuum Veneering - Tips, Tricks, and More

DIY Manifold Assembly for a Vacuum Veneer Press

A vacuum manifold assembly allows a vacuum press user to attach multiple vacuum bags to a single vacuum pressing system at the same time. They are very easy to build. Of course, you can find affordable parts to build a manifold at

The twin set of 7-way manifolds shown to the right was built by Phil Barnes of Germantown, Maryland.

I don't think any instructions are needed for building one. The pictures below should suffice. Just be sure to use thread sealing tape between each fitting. Warning: Brass products may contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

Using the Vacuum Manifold
To use a manifold system, simply connect the lock-on connector from the vacuum source to the attachment fitting shown on the left side of the pictures below.

To use a manifold system, simply connect the lock-on connector from the vacuum press to the attachment fitting on the manifold. Then attach the lock-on connector from one end of a vacuum tube to the manifold system. Attach the lock-on connector at the other end of the vacuum tbue to the vacuum bag. Then open the corresponding vacuum valve on the manifold. Be sure the other valves on the manifold are closed.

After the first bag is under full vacuum, close the first vacuum valve and attach another vacuum line to the manifold and to the second bag. Then open the second vacuum valve. When adequate pressure is achieved in the second bag, re-open the first valve. The vacuum press system will now maintain the desired level of vacuum pressure in both bags.

Don't forget that the vacuum press system will cycle on and off more often with each additional bag you add to the manifold.

Available Manifold Kits at



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