After buying and using a vacuum pump and clamp to glue on guitar bridges, I thought I would explore using vacuum bags for laminating guitar sides. After searching on the Internet, I decided to purchase a vacuum bag kit from Roarockit, they also sell kits to make skate boards, and give laminated guitar sides another chance. I made an external guitar mold, a matching work board and purchased slow cure epoxy.
To use the bag method, I still had to bend the sides and laminations (birch and curly maple) to shape on my electric bending iron.
Twenty four hours later I removed the side and wow!
No spring back, spring in and the sides fit the mold with minimal clamping!
If you are interested in experimenting with a vacuum bag without investing in an expensive vacuum pump, visit Roarockit’s website and take a look at their products and videos.
I’m ready to use a bigger vacuum bag with my vacuum pump so I don’t have to clamp the sides to the mold, I want the mold and sides in the bag!
Now, turn off your computer and get yourself out to the workshop and make something.