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The vacuum press can be an intimidating tool that many woodworkers are apprehensive about experimenting with. Don’t let its unfamiliarity and seemingly hefty price tag veer you away from using this versatile tool. There are many vacuum presses out on the market, and even some less-expensive do-it-yourself kits that are available that can help lift you over the financial hurdle. In this video, Fine Woodworking senior editor Matt Kenney offers a whole host of shop-tested tips and best practices for using a vacuum press for a variety of projects.
If you want to build a kit like Matt’s, you can find most of the gear you will need at VeneerSupplies.com. The balance of the supplies can be purchased at your local home center.
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