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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Episode #118 - Bench Top Vacuum Infuser



This bench top vacuum infuser is the perfect accessory for a woodshop vacuum pump. A vacuum infuser allows you to evenly dye veneer and small pieces of wood. You can also infuse wood stabilizing products such as acrylic resin, sanding sealer or Miniwax Wood Hardener.

The applications for a vacuum infusing are broad, ranging from colored veneer for marquetry to colored and stabilized pen turning blanks to colored and stabilized custom knife scales. I for one am looking forward to dyeing my own veneer for future marquetry projects.

For starters, try 15 minutes of vacuum infusing for coloring veneers. Just remember, experiment and have fun!

Stay tuned for the completion of the inlay series.

Happy Woodworking!

David

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Infusion Dyed Cherry Veneer (left to right)

GREEN - ORANGE - NATURAL - HONEY AMBER - LEMON YELLOW

Bench Top Vacuum Infuser

Close up of top cap with heavy duty stem valve

Close up top cap with vacuum tape seal

Close up vacuum gauge showing -28mmHg

BENCH TOP VACUUM INFUSER BILL OF MATERIALS

  • PVC 4” Pipe Caps - 2 each
  • PVC 4” Pipe - 24 inches
  • Heavy Duty Stem Valve - 1 each
  • Vacuum Hose Connector - 1 each
  • Vacuum Tape - 12 inches
  • Base - 8 x 8 hardwood or plywood
  • Truss Head ¾” Screws - 4 each
  • Clear Silicone - 1 small tube
  • Gasket Material 4’ Diameter - 12” square sheet from an auto store

VACUUM INFUSING RESOURCE LINKS