Did you ever end up making your own vacuum platen? I have also been looking for DIY plans. The local home improvement store sells hard pvc pegboard. I was thinking you could attach it to plywood with a hole in the plywood fitted for a shop vac hose. Since the pegboard is plastic it would facilitate easy loading/removal of coroplast, etc. What do you think?
I'm building one myself but still haven't had time to finish it as we are a busy.
That will work. I'm using 2 pieces of plastic, top one with the holes and then a spacer all round then the next piece of plastic for the bottom piece. I will bond all these together and then place a hole in the bottom piece of plastic for my shop vac. Also going to build a foot pedal for an on off switch. Wont be to hard.. I think HAHA
I built one from plexiglas plates with a spacer and a shop vac on a foot switch... Platen bracket to fit my press..
Start with small holes that are spaced out evenly. Drill more small holes if needed. Open them up more a little at a time if needed. Remember that a shop vac has gotta suck some air in to work. Do not block all the holes. Use tape to block some holes if ya get too many.
one way of doing this is.
1.make yourself a wooden frame the size of the platen you wish to make.
2. glue a piece of 12mm mdf on the bottom side with a hole the diameter of the hosepipe of the vacum cleaner.
3. on the other side glue a piece of plexiglass.
4.cover the plexiglass with graph paper,and drill 3mm holes every 4cms checker board. ( the use of the paper is just to make the holes neat)
do not make the holes too big as the suction could effect the levelness of the paper.
5.seal off the sides of the frame and the hosepipe with tape or preferebly silicone.
6. and the best of luck to you.
You are absolutely correct about the construction of our vacuum platens. I keep the MDF a full 3/4" thick except for a couple 1/8" deep channels and v-grooves. I then use a void-less plywood that's about 3/16" thick to "cap" the back and create that vacuum chamber. The back and the vacuum port are glued with silicon and screwed on.
Just thought I'd take the guessing out of the construction.
3 layers all 1/4", top and bottom cut to same size, top piece has holes drilled all the way through, bottom piece has a hole for vacuum and the middle piece will be flush to the top and bottom's outside edge. Middle could be made from four 5/8"x1/4" rip's or be cut out of one piece in the shape of a frame.
I keep forgetting to bring my spare Platen Bracket from the shop. Don't have internet access at the shop or at my Night Job. The platen bracket I have is from Logos Screen. Is there anyway to order the Vacuum Platen by just knowing the company I bought it from?
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