Probably should have called this post “Tool of last week” since I’m a couple of days late… Anyways, had a hard time deciding on what tool for this week. I absolutely loved working on the lathe. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing, but I seemed to figure things out and the progress is so much faster than building say a cabinet! In the end I chose the vacuum bag. This is the setup I used to make my curved panel door (made from wiggle board and mahogany veneer). It’s pretty simple, basically a vacuum cleaner attached to a bag. As the air is sucked out of the bag it exerts even pressure everywhere, making it very easy to clamp a piece of veneer to a curved surface. The door was left in the bag for about 3 hours while the glue (regular carpenters glue) cured. The possibilities with this setup are just about endless, I’d love to buy one but they cost about $1000 for the vacuum and large bag. Lee Valley sells a small manual version made for skateboards, it’s about a tenth of the cost, so it might be worth some experimenting.