ok so heres the scoop. i pulled the trigger yesterday and bought a vacuum press setup from rockler WW in maine . (its all joan's fault )
ok so i got it home and have already made my platten board with the cross cut groove grid, and a matching top platten or caul the same size. both are about 30x30 with corners and edges rounded over with an 1/8th inch bit .
after dinner i would like to try it out . and i have a few questions .........
1. is it better to use MDF or baltic birch ply for a substrate ?
2. i will be using cold press veneer glue on the substrate only ...(please advise if this is wrong) but to my way of thinking , if i glue both, the veneers would curl up before i could get my wood and glue and caul sandwhich in the bag.
3. from what i have read so far, the pump is supposed to be running the whole time , my main question is how long do i let the sandwhich cure , or press to get a good bond ??
4 can i use packing tape to wrap my platten and caul boards so they dont stick to the project instead of wax paper . these two pieces will be used over and over so, i think its worth the time spent taping them up.
5. and lastly this is my first time doing this , so if i have forgotten anything please let me know, or anything you think of that might help before i do a booo booo
oops almost forgot , the shop temperature is about 55 to 60 degrees and will remain that way all night . any problem with that ??
thanks alot in advance