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Project: EVS-2™ Logo

The Project: EVS-2™ is our latest and most comprehensive DIY auto-cycling vacuum press kit. It is a very powerful veneering tool capable of producing over 1,400 lbs per square foot of pressure at sea level when used in its normal operating range. Even more impressive is that the vacuum creates this much pressure on every square foot within the vacuum bag. A simple 2' x 4' panel in a vacuum bag has a total of 11,200 lbs of "pressure" spread across the whole project. It's easy to see why vacuum pressing is considered the ideal method to bond wood veneers to most substrates.

A True Auto-Cycling Vacuum Press
Project: EVS-2™ Vacuum Press KitOnce adequate vacuum is achieved, the Project: EVS-2 system makes no noise and uses no electricity. The system only powers up when the vacuum level has dropped and in most cases, the "on" time is less than a minute.

Designed to Save You Time & Money
Our original EVS kit required dozens of parts from the hardware store including expensive PVC pipe and plywood. Those hardware store parts coupled with a vacuum pump and the original kit would typically cost more than the EVS-2 kit. This kit saves you money and includes all of the pre-cut PVC pieces and plywood carrier parts.

No Additional Parts Needed
Everything you see in the picture is included with the Project: EVS-2™ kit. This includes the plywood carrier which is made from finish-grade birch plywood, as well as a very powerful vacuum pump, quick-connect vacuum fittings, and the PVC parts for the vacuum reservoirs. This 100-piece kit has everything. There are no additional parts needed to build it!

Need Help?Kit Instructions: Click here (free PDF download)
Vacuum Press FAQ:
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Kit Contents

Vacuum Parts
  • Vacuum Pump (3.5 or 5 CFM)
  • Vacuum Controller
  • Solenoid Valve
  • High-Flow Vacuum Filter
  • Braided Vacuum Tube (3/8"ID x 1ft.)
  • Braided Vacuum Tube (3/8"ID x 10 ft.)
  • Stainless Steel Vacuum Gauge
  • 3" x 15" Schedule 40 PVC Pipe (x2)
  • 3" PVC Caps, Tapped (x2)
  • 3" PVC Caps, Un-Tapped (x2)
  • 1-1/2" x 6" Schedule 40 PVC Pipe
  • 1-1/2" PVC Cap, Tapped
  • 1-1/2" PVC Cap, Un-Tapped
  • Vacuum Controller Tube (16")
Brass Fittings
  • Lock-On Connector (x2)
  • Lock-On Plug Fitting
  • Brass Cross Fitting
  • Brass Pipe (2-1/2")
  • Barbed Elbow Fitting
  • Pipe Hex Nipple (x4)
  • Breather Fitting
  • Check Valve (male to male)
  • Branch Tee Fitting (x2)
  • Female Tee Fitting
  • Heavy Duty Vacuum Valve
  • Pipe Elbow (x3)
  • Barbed Straight Fitting (1/4" NPT, x2)
  • Barbed Straight Fitting (1/8" NPT, x2)
  • Barbed Straight Fitting (1/8" NPT-F)
Electrical Parts
  • Electrical Box (pre-drilled)
  • Electrical Box (blank)
  • Electrical Box Cover (pre-drilled)
  • Outlet Cover
  • Combination Switch/Outlet
  • Power Cord (10 ft w/ plug end)
  • Wire (14" w/ connector, x2)
  • Electrical Lever Nut (x2)

Miscellaneous Parts

  • Vacuum Pump Mounting Screw (x4)
  • Reservoir Bracket Screw (x8)
  • Mounting Plate Screw (x2)
  • Carrier Upright Screw (x3)
  • Electrical Box Screw (x4)
  • Rubber Feet (x4)
  • Wire Tie (6", x2)
  • Wire Tie (16")
  • Wire Tie Anchor (x2)
  • Wire Tie Anchor Screw (x2)
  • Bungee Cord (4", x2)
  • Bungee Cord (6")
  • Thread Sealing Tape
  • Self-Threading Inserts (x4)
  • Plywood Carrier (2 pieces)
  • Plywood Reservoir Brackets (x4)
  • Plywood Mounting Plates (2 pieces)
  • Spacer Stick

Project: EVS-2™ Features

  • Project: EVS-2™ Side ViewThere is no need to cut the pump's power cord!
  • The carrier parts made from A-grade, 13-ply birch.
  • The kit is fully adjustable from 10.5" to 25.5" Hg (735 to 1,785 lbs per square foot).
  • A vacuum valve allows you to pre-charge the system with vacuum before attaching the bag.
  • Auto-cycling is energy efficient since the system only runs when additional vacuum is needed.
  • The included quick-disconnects allow easy removal of the vacuum tube for storage.
  • Comprehensive assembly instructions are clearly written so nearly anyone can build this kit.
  • Very quiet operation during the "on" cycle at just 55 dB. Completely silent during the "off" cycle.

Notes from Joe
The new EVS-2™ kit addresses all of the most common inquiries I've received over the last 10+ years about the original EVS kit. This new kit is the result of hundreds of hours of careful thought, relentless design trials, and thorough testing. The assembly instructions are the most extensive I've ever written, and as a result of numerous customer suggestions, the EVS-2 kit has more assembly pictures than any other kit on my site. I wrote the kit instructions using simple terminology and put extra time into making the wiring sections as easy as possible. I think you're going to be impressed.


Project: EVS-2 Options 

Vacuum Pump Options
The 3.5 CFM version is suitable for flat panel work in vacuum bags up to 4' x 9' and most curved panels in vacuum bags up to 4' x 4'. The 5.0 CFM version is suitable for flat panel work in vacuum bags up to 4' x 15' or 6' x 10' and most curved panels in vacuum bags up to 4' x 6'.

Continuous Run Optional Add-On Kit
If the Project: EVS-2™ system is used for projects where there is a possibility that the system will cycle on very often, then it may be best to order and install the optional "continuous-run" add-on. The add-on kit includes a few extra pieces and replaces the standard vacuum controller cover plate with one that has been modified to accept the continuous-run switch.

Continuous Run Kit


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I already own a vacuum pump. Will it work with this kit?
The Project: EVS-2 kit includes a vacuum pump. If you would like to use your own vacuum pump, you may want to consider ordering the original Project: EVS kit. But be sure to check out this link first.

Can I use this kit to upgrade my Excel 3 or Excel 5 system to auto-cycle it?
We have a discounted EVS-2 upgrade kit that allows you to disassemble your Excel 3/5 system and use many of the parts from it.

Do you have Project: EVS-2 kits that are pre-assembled?
I built several of these kits throughout the process of writing the assembly instructions. Most of them have sold but there is one left and available for $25 additional. The remaining unit is a 3 CFM version without the continuous-run option. Let me know if you are interested in this assembled kit before ordering. To safely ship this last system, I will have to remove the pump and some small parts which you will need to re-assemble when the boxes arrive.

How does it work?
A vacuum controller continuously measures the level of vacuum in the system. When additional vacuum is needed, the controller sends power to the vacuum pump and the solenoid valve. Once the set vacuum is achieved, the whole system cycles off. The check valve then holds the vacuum in the reservoirs and the solenoid valve releases back-vacuum at the pump when the system cycles off. This allows the pump to easily restart when additional vacuum is needed. The small sub-reservoir provides "free air" to the pump which allows it to spin up toward full RPM without back-pressure stress thereby reducing wear on the pump's internal components and motor windings.

Is the EVS-2 kit more expensive than a completed original EVS kit?
No! The total cost to build the original EVS kit was around $570. The original EVS kit came with 36 pieces, but the EVS-2 kit has 100 pieces including the pre-cut plywood, PVC pipe, and a very reliable vacuum pump!

What is the difference between this kit and the original EVS kit?
The original Project: EVS kit contains only the bare-bones parts to start building a vacuum press system. The original kit requires you to source various parts from the hardware store such as plywood, electrical boxes, wire, switches, PVC pipe, and more. The EVS-2 kit includes everything you need to build the vacuum press system except the PVC cement.

Where can I find more questions and answers about this kit?
The JoeWoodworker Vacuum Press F.A.Q. answers more than 80 common questions about vacuum press kits.

Why doesn't the kit include PVC cement?
It is very difficult to ship PVC cement due to flammability issues. And since most good hardware stores offer PVC cement at reasonable prices, it seems to be best to leave this part out of the kit.

Do I need a vacuum damper fitting if I order this kit with the 5 CFM vacuum pump?
No. The vacuum damper fitting is not needed with this kit even when ordered with the 5 CFM pump.

How long does it take to assemble the kit?
If you are handy with tools then you can likely assemble the kit in four to six hours.

What tools are required to complete the assembly?
Pliers, screwdriver, wrenches, wire strippers, drill bits, and a few other tools commonly found in a woodworker's shop are required. See the kit instructions for the complete list of tools.

Is there a 220/240v AC version available of this kit?
The EVS-2 kit is only compatible with 120v AC.

Can I use the 5 CFM version of this kit on small vacuum bags?
Absolutely!

Does this kit include a vacuum bag?
None of our kits include a vacuum bag since there are so many sizes and materials from which to choose.

What else will I need to have a complete vacuum pressing system?
You'll only need to order a vacuum bag and breather mesh to complete the system. Then head over to your nearest hardware store for some melamine board to be used as a platen inside the bag.

Does this kit include the lock-on connector that attaches to the vacuum bag?
Yes.

How does my altitude affect the maximum vacuum level of this system?
There is a loss of approximately 1" of Hg for every 1,000 feet above sea level. For example, at 5,000 feet above sea level the most vacuum this system will create is 20.5" of Hg. The generally accepted minimum for vacuum pressing most veneers is 17" of Hg but a few species such as maple and bubinga are best pressed at 21" Hg. Since this system has a maximum vacuum of 25.5" Hg at sea level, it is not suitable for users above 8,000 feet.

Can I order the continuous-run add-on kit at a later time?
Yes. Please contact me for details.

Can I use a vacuum press for clamping boards together face to face?
At sea level, a typical vacuum press can put down the equivalent of 1,785 lbs of pressure per square foot. If the boards are flat, then this is generally considered more than adequate for a project where two sheet materials such as plywood or MDF are being glued together face to face. This also is true for gluing solid wood boards together.

Can I order this kit without the carrier or without the pump?
The EVS-2 kit is sold only as shown. We don't offer a version without the carrier or pump. You may instead want to consider ordering the original Project: EVS kit.

Which vacuum controller comes with this kit?
We offer two versions of the standalone vacuum controller, but the kit always comes with the "type 1" version which is adjustable from 10.5" to 25.5" of Hg. The EVS-2 kit can only be ordered with the type 1 vacuum controller. If your project requires lower vacuum, you will need to order the type II version of the vacuum controller separately.

Why don't you include the assembly instructions with the kit?
It would be costly and wasteful to print copies of the instructions. It's best to use a laptop or tablet to view the kit instructions when assembling the system since it allows you to zoom in on the pictures.

Will this system have enough force to bend strips of wood so I can make bent laminations?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors such as thickness, species and grain direction. It will also depend on the radius and complexity of the curves that are being used on the project. The vacuum pump included with this kit generates 25" of Hg at sea level which is equal to 1,750 lbs of clamping pressure per square foot. You will need to decide if that is enough for your bending project.

Why does my system require me to tap on the vacuum controller to make it cycle off?
The issue is not caused by the vacuum controller. It is the effect from another problem. The vacuum pump is being "asked" by the vacuum controller to deliver a higher vacuum than the pump can offer. In this case, the vacuum pump typically has some sort of issue which is preventing it from achieving full vacuum. It may be able to achieve slightly less vacuum than what the controller is asking in order for it to switch off the system. Tapping on it jolts the switch mechanism and causes it to turn off.

The most common cause is a clogged exhaust muffler. The muffler can be easily disassembled, cleaned, and put back into service. Another cause of this issue the breather fitting on the solenoid valve is clogged. This fitting can be cleaned with denatured alcohol and compressed air.


Product Reviews

  1. Excellent

    Review by Pete Hess
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    Really well thought out kit. The instructions were excellent. I initially thought I had a problem but it turns out I didn't read the instructions line by line. If you do that it should work out great. My vacuum pump works great. It pumps down and holds a vacuum without cycling the pump on again.


  2. Easy Build with Excellent Results

    Review by Mark Osgood
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    Directions and components are excellent. The assembly took a little less than 4 hours. The press comes up to 20" in much less time than my version one pump. I highly recommend this kit.


  3. Designed and Built to Last Forever!

    Review by Aaron K. Martin
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    I want to share my experience assembling this kit so others know that it is much easier than it looks. First, the owner of this website (Joe) exchanged several emails with me before I ordered because I was a bit worried about putting it together. I just retired and have decided to add veneering to my woodworking skills so I was trying to decide on the EVS-2 or the Excel 5 kit. Joe was supportive of the Excel for my shop use, but I liked the idea of the autocycle vacuum press more. What worried me was that I would have trouble putting it together in my shop and then would not finish it. But Joe assured me that he would help any way possible if I got stuck. Sure enough I did run into a small problem so I emailed him and got a reply a few hours later explaining what I didn't understand.

    The whole thing took me 6 hours to assemble. This included a long lunch break and some time re-reading parts of the instructions that I didn't read carefully the first time. I don't want to give the impression that there is anything wrong with the instructions or the kit though. Those instructions are written better than any other tool I've ever bought and I enjoyed assembling it because of that.

    I think one of the best things about this kit is that it looks impressive and knowing that I built it makes me feel pretty good. Even my wife was impressed by me for putting it together. That is another plus. All of the parts in the kit were packed very well. The vacuum pump is the heaviest part but it is a nice piece of equipment. The connectors are all high quality pieces. The instructions are not included with the kit but he sends you a link to the instructions so you can download them for free.

    I also bought a polyurethane vacuum bag and breather mesh as recommended. The first veneering project was a burlwood lid for a jewelry box and it turned out with perfection. My second project was a large quadmatched burl for the top of an end table and it also pressed perfectly. Vacuum pressing makes veneering easy and veneering a project adds all kinds of new wood options like burls and quilted woods. This is going to take my projects up several notches. Needless to say I am very happy with this purchase and proud to have it in my shop.


  4. Great kit! Assembly is Straight Forward and Instructions Are Easy...

    Review by Steve Kroeker
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    I was very impressed with the thorough, straight forward instructions. I ran into a couple of snags, and every time it was the result of me misreading the instructions. Once I did what the instructions stated, everything was back on track. It took me about 5-6 hours approximately (spread across several days as I had time available) to assemble everything. The kit had everything I needed and it went together great.

    Even living at 7,000' in Colorado, I was able to pull 21" of vacuum when I was adjusting the system. I routed the edges of the carrier with a round-over bit and sealed the wood with Tung oil. I will be using the vacuum pump for some walnut burl veneer on a couple grandfather clocks I am currently building. I'm very glad that I bought the entire kit. It made it much easier than going out and trying to purchase all of the parts separately. Thanks for a great product!


  5. Excellent Kit - Great Support - Outstanding Business

    Review by Rex Marshall
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    I'm going to throw in my two cents here about this kit because I bought one and I love it and because my friend (who is not a woodworker) doesn't understand why I'd purchase a tool that I have to assemble. First - considering what it does and how it does it, this is a hell of a good deal. Yeah, so what that it doesn't come assembled. Take a look at the pictures... you can see it is designed to be assembled easily and yet to look awesome when you complete it. It went together quick for me and that process was quite a bit enjoyable. Plus now I understand how it works so if something goes wrong then I'll be able to fix it quickly. That is hard to say about nearly every other tool in my shop.

    Second - when you buy this kit you are supporting a husband and wife who run one of the best and most respected online businesses for woodworkers. Look around this website at the veneers and the veneering products. Folks, its just two people that make all this happen. Look up their Google reviews and look at their testimonials page on this website. When you buy a kit, you get incredible service and great products - and at the same time you support two great people who have clearly given up a huge part of their lives to help woodworkers learn about veneer.

    Like a million other people, I've sent emails to this company and found their replies prompt and extra helpful. Good luck getting that from [another woodworking mail order company]!

    [Note from Joe: A big thank you to Rex for writing this incredibly kind review. Christine and I will always do our best to help anyone wanting to get into veneering. Beside the two of us, we have a great employee (Jeff) who helps with order packing, inventory, shipping, paper-backed veneer orders, and a million other things.]


  6. Very Satisfied

    Review by Jason R. Weber
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    I have a very specific need for a vacuum press in my shop and when my last vacuum press finally taken its last breath, I had to move quickly to find a replacement. It was a no-brainer to check out the vacuum press kits on this site because I have had many order with this company and I've always been happy. I wanted an auto-cycling vacuum press and could have gone with the compressed air vacuum press set up offered here but my air compressor lines are short and it would be an inconvenience to lay an air line across my shop during the day.

    So I checked out this kit instead and after reading the instructions I knew this was a do-able project and building it was actually enjoyable as a bit of mental downtime from the other work around my shop. You do need to follow the instructions (which are well done) but each step is laid out in plain English and with good pictures where needed. It took me about 4 hours to put it together. One thing I really like is that I can understand how the press works. It's not rocket-science here but at least if it ever breaks down, I think I would be able to fix it. There isn't much here that really could fail though except the vacuum pump but it appears to be a quality item.

    My first pressing came out perfect as expected and since then I've done several more panels. It works very well... shutting off and turning back on again when it should. I'm very satisfied with this purchase and recommend it if you want to do veneer work.


  7. Very Happy this Small (and Quiet!) Vacuum Pump

    Review by Chris Luke
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    I bought this kit for a few reasons:

    * I've wanted a vacuum pump for a while. I'm not (yet) much into veneering but I do like the idea of vacuum clamping on my baby CNC or being able to exert even pressure when gluing larger flat pieces together.

    * I didn't really want a continuous-run if I could avoid it, though having it be an option is nice. I'm the sort that would forget it was switched on and come back to the shop the following weekend to find the motor super toasty.

    * I like supporting small businesses where I can.

    * This kit seemed a nice balance on the build/buy scale. I do like making my tools, but also value my time.

    The kit arrived *very* quickly. Shipped same day. The instructions for the EVS-2 are incredibly detailed; I had them open on the computer behind me to avoid printing them (one time use and all that) and it worked out well.

    The kit went together very well, and probably took me 4 to 5 hours. I'd say having a decent metalworking vice handy will be useful to properly tighten the brass fittings. A woodworking vice will work, but you'll want to do something to avoid marring wooden chops.

    The result is really quite a nice unit. It's not especially large, it's not especially noisy and it holds a vacuum quite well. It does lose a small amount each day, but with testing it basically doesn't need to cycle the motor for several days at a time (testing with 10' of hose that I blocked off with tape at one end.) I am quite happy with this performance.

    As for tightening the brass fittings - they will go tighter than you probably think despite the brass-on-brass squeals of complaint. I recommend using good wrenches and a metalworking vice for the best leverage. I could probably have given several joints at least another full turn, which might have improved the vacuum retention some more.

    I ordered the smaller (3.5 CFM) pump with the continuous run switch. The electrical wiring is straightforward and is nothing even the most electrically-hesitant should worry about.

    All in all, quite happy with this little vacuum pump and no doubt it will serve me well in my small hobby shop.


  8. Great Kit, No Issues, Very Happy with My Order

    Review by Glenn Hayward
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    I don't buy junk tools. I prefer to buy a tool once and know that my equipment will be reliable for a very long time so I researched this kit and each part in it. Then I carefully went over the instructions. It looked like a great machine for my shop.

    I ordered on a Monday morning and had a shipment notification a few hours later. The kit showed up in two well-packed boxes two days later. The first box contained the vacuum pump and the second box had all of the fittings, pvc pipe, etc. The kit does not come with instructions. You have to print them off the website. I worked on it for a couple of hours that night after dinner and picked it up again in the morning. The kit was assembled by lunch time and my first panel was out by mid afternoon. I worried a bit during the vacuum time that maybe I didn't do something right in the glue up and that it would come out wrinkled or broken. Well... it came out fine. The panel is flat and the veneer is so smooth that you can't even tell its veneer. I'm using the X Press glue from this site for my veneering. Very happy with it too.

    A woodworking buddy was in my shop this morning and he described the kit as "well sorted out" and I think that was a good description. I'm very happy with my order and I think it's perfect for my shop. Veneering has not been part of my repertoire until now and I can see it's going to bring my projects to a whole new level. Not to mention that veneer is so much cheaper than solid wood.

    In closing, I'll say that this is great kit and I'm very happy with my purchase from this web site. - Glenn Hayward


  9. Completely Satisfied!

    Review by Cory Parker
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    This is a great kit. Assembly time for me was about 4-1/2 hours. I found it was easy to put together. I did contact Joe once to ask about a certain fitting that looked odd to me but he replied quickly and it was fine. There are plenty of picture in the instructions which were also helpful. My first veneering project was a small pedestal table top and it came out perfect. No issues at all with the press, bag, or glue.


  10. A Great Machine and Great Customer Service

    Review by Andrew Voss
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    I was a bit hesitant to order this kit because I'm not good with assembling things like bikes and BBQ grills but the kit instructions are written very well and it was very easy to put together. It seems like all of the parts inside are very high quality. The plywood parts are especially nice. Joe was able to help me quickly identify a small mistake I made in the assembly process. Overall I am very pleased with the kit and would recommend it.


  11. Awesome Kit

    Review by Eric Garcia
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    Its hard to believe I am the first to write a review of the EVS-2 vacuum press. This thing is incredible. I assembled it in stages over the weekend and had it running last night without a single issue. The instructions are superbly written and have a lot of pictures. Probably took me about 5 hours to fully assemble it. It was a good weekend project. I ordered my kit on Tuesday and it arrived on Thursday. Amazing! My first project came out of the vacuum bag this morning and it was perfect. If you've spent anytime on some of the online woodworking forums, then you know that the owner of this website is very good to work with and that everything he and his wife sell here is high quality.

    [Note from Joe: This kit was added to our site on 9/3/21 and Eric was one of the first to order it. It's so new, that he got to be the first person to post a review.]



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