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Part 1

Veneering Basics
14 Good Reasons
Vacuum Press Uses
Vacuum Press Options
Questions & Answers
Part 2
DIY Vacuum Press Plans

Vacuum Press Chart
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Excel 3™
Excel 5™
Part 3
Vacuum Bagging

Vacuum Bag Basics
Polyurethane vs. Vinyl
DIY Vacuum Bags
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
Edgebanding Guide
Paper-Backed Veneer

Part 5
Miscellaneous Info

Vacuum Press FAQ
Veneering FAQ 
Veneer Glue FAQ
Vacuum Forming
Vacuum Clamping Pedal
Vacuum Clamping Jigs
Vacuum Clamp Matrix
DIY Vacuum Manifold
Vacuum Press Gallery 1
Vacuum Press Gallery 2


Vacuum Veneering - Tips, Tricks, and More! Lock-On Connector

This vacuum connector securely attaches to vacuum bag stems and vacuum clamping fittings offered at It has a soft O-ring inside which makes a leak-proof connection. It is a nifty little connector that is affordable, durable, and easy to use. Flush Mount Bag Stem

Flush Mount Bag StemThe flush-mount bag stem allows you to use the full length of the vacuum bag without worry of project surface imperfections caused by the protrusion of the standard bag stem. These bag stems have a specially designed 2.5" diameter 50 mil flange molded onto the valve body which gets cemented onto your vacuum bag. A sharp-barbed brass insert slides into the valve body and locks into place.

Attachment Instructions

  1. Mark the location on your vacuum bag where you wish to install the bag stem. For convenience, we recommend installing the stem 15” out from the bag opening. The location will not affect the pressure inside the bag.
  2. In the selected area, cut a 3/8" diameter hole in the vacuum bag using scissors or a razor knife.
  3. A small tube of cement is included with your bag stem kit. This cement will
    work with both vinyl and polyurethane materials. Be sure to follow the safety
    instructions included with the cement and wear appropriate eye, skin, and lung protection when using this product.
  4. In a well ventilated area, clean the mating surfaces of the bag stem body and the vacuum bag with acetone. A synthetic abrasive pad will help maximize the effectiveness of the cleaner. When completed, the cleaned areas should look dull and abraded.
  5. Apply the cement to the bottom of the valve body and to the vacuum bag area where the bag stem will be attached. Be sure there is full coverage on both pieces.
  6. For vinyl, allow 3 to 4 minutes for the cement to set up. Then apply the valve body directly over the port hole (step 2). Using adequate pressure, smooth out the bag stem flange until any air bubbles are removed. A wood roller is helpful with this process. Allow 1 hour of drying time before using the vacuum bag.
  7. For polyurethane, immediately set the valve body directly over the port hole after application of the cement. Gently massage out any air bubbles but try not to squeeze out too much of the cement. Allow 24 hours of drying time before using the vacuum bag.
  8. Insert the brass barbed valve that is included with the bag stem. Proceed carefully since the edges of the barbs are sharp. Once inserted, the valve core is not easily removed.
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