I just completed building and testing my vacuum veneering set-up and thought I'd post a few pics and tips for those that might be interested in a similar set-up. I've done a fair amount of veneer work in the past using hide glue, and that will still be my choice for certain tasks, but the vacuum set-up combined with the Unibond 800 is going to see a lot of use from now on.
The press I built was the "Joe Woodworker" EVS kit and his rebuilt Thomas 110V pump. I already had a 220V Gast vacuum pump which I have used with vacuum bags but when I used it I left it running continuously as I did not have the vacuum sensing and control system to cycle it on and off... That pump is now dedicated to the lathe. I'm not affiliated with Joe Woodworker in any way, but have been very very satisfied with all my transactions with him... tools, veneers, and the vacuum parts. The Unibond 800 I get from Vacupress.
So first some pics of the EVS kit parts, the pump, and the PVC components..