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Vacuum Press??

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by jll346, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    Anyone have any experience with vacuum presses for sheath making?? Thinking of trying one
     
  2. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    To wet shape the leather around the knife?
    Sounds like overkill, but why not try it
     
  3. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    I was talking kydex. But yes wet forming could be done as well.
     
  4. paneraica

    paneraica

    243
    Mar 4, 2011
    I did it for plastic bowl making in high school. Turned a concave bowl shape in a top section of wood. Drilled a lot of holes for the suction and built a sealed suction box around it with a port for a shop vac.

    Hinged frame to clamp plastic plexiglass sheet which was heated up on a cookie tray in the oven

    You can build a smaller version, but would need to carve out the design you want and modify as needed.

    Trial and error to figure out heating time needed and proper temp to avoid major melting etc.

    Waste of time for one knife, but if for a production series of knives. Could save on time

    DON
     
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  5. sickpuppy1

    sickpuppy1 Basic Member Basic Member

    355
    Sep 27, 2018
    Someone had a vacuum press for sale in The Exchange awhile back...wonder if it got bought?
     
  6. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Nope, still there...
     
  7. sickpuppy1

    sickpuppy1 Basic Member Basic Member

    355
    Sep 27, 2018

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