Here’s how a typical MDF vacuum table works…

We’ve published a couple of articles on vacuum fixturing in the past and they’ve been among the most popular long term posts we’ve done.  It’s no wonder as vacuum fixturing can be extremely convenient to use.

With that in mind, we went to town researching two giant new guides to using vacuum to further your CNC projects.   First up is our Total Guide to Vacuum Tables.  It gives you the basics and then goes on with how to select a vacuum pump, liquid separators for when you’re using your vacuum fixtures with coolant, how to prevent vacuum part pop off, and over 17 great tips to maximize your success with vacuum.


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But that’s not all, we went on to create a second big guide.  This one is your Total Guide to DIY Vacuum Tables.  We know many of you will want to build your own vacuum table or chuck, and this page is all about how.  It covers topics such as purchasing an add-on vacuum table, planning your DIY vacuum table project, DIY vacuum pumps (where to find them and some leads on cheap vacuum sources via eBay), and it ends with links and photos from some of the web’s most in-depth vacuum table DIY projects.


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