DCB & MaxPlague\'s $90 vac machine...

Dustin Crops Boy

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DCB & MaxPlague's $90 vac machine...

Jace and I built a vac machine today. I found this grill at a thrift shop for $5:



bought $80 in hardware @ the Depot...

and used about 3 left over 2x4's I had from when I built my new garage...

just have to do some minor adjusting here and there - but it's works pretty slick for $90 and about 5-6 hours of work :)

Thanks again Jace... can't wait to built a bigger version w/ ya later.




 

Ruffkintoy

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Looks like a nice set up you got there. How are you holding the frame up under the heating element?
 
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Dustin Crops Boy

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that's one of the adjustments i need to do. I bought hooks to go on the handles on the side of the tray - but it didn't work so great - so I have to go back to the depot and find a better solution.
 
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fettcicle

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Very cool, but who was the poor sap who had to lay on the table and get their face formed over :p I built one a couple months ago ..... and I still haven't used it. What will be interesting will be to see what else comes off of this ;) Good job guys :D .... But wait, should I be posting this "good job" reply :rolleyes Is this allowed anymore :eek: :lol:
 
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TK Fett

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Great work guys, and it looks like this is sort of becoming a popular piece in everyones shop. I would like to build one and maybe I will one day.
How easy is it to get your tray in with the platic before it cools, it looks like a tight fit?
 
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DarthVader1

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Great work...that's the kind of stuff that's convincing me of creating a Vacuuform table already...:rolleyes

Robert
 
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phantom viper

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Thats great. How about sharing a parts list with your fellow TDHers.:D Great job(y)
 
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Dustin Crops Boy

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i told ya the parts... a grill, some wood, a shopvac¨ & misc hardware ;)

i dunno... we just sort of drew up some ideas, went to Home Depot and bought some stuff and sort of winged it from there :D
 
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bobagoat

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nice! and for 90 bucks you can't beat it!

the grill for the heating element is a great idea!
 
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MaxPlague

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Yeah, that was a fun project! I am looking forward to building a bigger one with ya sometime soon too. But most of all, I'm just happy to know that it works. :)
 
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secol FETT

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Dustin Crops Boy wrote:

i told ya the parts... a grill, some wood, a shopvac¨ & misc hardware ;)

i dunno... we just sort of drew up some ideas, went to Home Depot and bought some stuff and sort of winged it from there :D
:p ups you are right :D

so that's the "Aurra" face cast right
mmm maybe you can make some female version of the carbonite thing :D
 
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DarthVader1

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secol_FETT wrote:

so that's the "Aurra" face cast right
mmm maybe you can make some female version of the carbonite thing :D
HEY GUYS...I hope you haven't come up with the idea of a Carbonite Michonne" for some "sick" plans!:love SICK!!!

.................well.......I think it won't be that bad at all after all! ;) (j/k) :lol:

Robert
 
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lordfett

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DarthVader1 wrote:

HEY GUYS...I hope you haven't come up with the idea of a Carbonite Michonne" for some "sick" plans!:love SICK!!!

.................well.......I think it won't be that bad at all after all! ;) (j/k) :lol:

Robert
mmmmm carbonite michonne mmmmmm... err nice vac-u-form machine there guys.
 
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batninja

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That's a pretty sweet setup! What's the current size of the vac area? Will that grill support your next (bigger) vac-table? Or will you have to get a bigger grill?

A few months ago, I was thinking of installing a vac area in my garage and, lo and behold, the neighbors across the street dumped a working full-size stove on their curb. I asked about it, and they just gave it to me for free!

I can't wait to get it installed into the work area...it beats my current system of hauling the table, vac and other parts from the garage to the kitchen.
 
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Dustin Crops Boy

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Right now - i have an 11x17 hole in the frame that holds 13x19 sytene (I have to trim my 14x20 down a bit)... this is big enough for what i'm planning on using it for. The grill i found is a perfect 11x17 size - so that works out great.

We don't know what we're gonna use yet for the larger set up.

I was initially gonna do the "oven in the garage" thing - but i didn't want to have to re-wire the garage for 220...
 
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tk171

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boy, I go missing form the boars for awhile, and you go and build this.

nice work Dal/Jace.

Whatcha working on???
 
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Dustin Crops Boy

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Actually - it's now a $120 vac table... 'cause i decided on doing a different method for the support bars... i bought some punched angle iron strips that'll go on the outside each corner... this way i don't have to have the notches in the tray and the plastic... i'll show pix when i swap the bars out to explain what i mean :)

yo Joe... what'z up :) Jace and I have a project in mind ;) plus I need it for a project I'm working on for www.mrfrothy.com
 
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