Example of a project in the press
The TUG external valve
Project example
Guitar sides
Example of a project in the press
The TUG external valve
Project example
Guitar sides


203,00 €

Die 2 Größen der in diesem Kit enthaltenen Thin Air Press-Taschen sind für den Gitarrenkörper, die Seiten und den Hals geeignet.

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KIT The 2 sizes of Thin Air Press bags included with this kit are suited for guitar body, sides and neck.

The 10.5 x 40" and 26 x 28" TAP bags fit the multiple shapes required for luthier projects.

Fitted with Quick-Lock connectors, these bags connect individually with the TUG External Valve.


Please see data sheet tab

How to use this product :

Insert your glued veneers into the vinyl vacuum bag, position the breather netting and seal the bag.

Connect the 1/4" tubing to both Quick-Lock connectors (on the bag and the TUG External valve). Place the manual pump onto the grey valve and pump the air out. Before you glue up your veneers, a dry run is highly recommended!

FAQ : 

Where do I find out how to bend single sheets of veneer that are used in this video?

this link to see how Behrad does his technique.

Is this reusable, and for how many times?

The kits are designed to be used many many times. With a little care and maintenance, the TAP Kits will last for years.

Will the glue stick to the bag?

PVA glue and epoxy will not stick to the bag. Any dried glue can be loosened with fingers and either shaken or blown out with a shop vac. Do not use polyurethane glue as it will damage the vinyl and ruin the bag.

How many pieces can I press at once?

You are limited by how fast your glue dries. If using slow-set epoxy, you have a generous amount of time to work before it starts to set. If using water-based glue such as Titebond III, you have about 7 minutes to get your project pressed before the glue dries. Dry glue will not bond together.

If the TAP Bag gets a hole in it, can I fix it? 

Clear 2” packing tape seals up any suspected punctures. Use a length of the butyl tape to fix any side seam gaps or splits.

Do the valves leak?

While many people assume air is leaking back through the valve, they are made of cast rubber and almost never leak. The most common problem with slow leakage is the open-end seal tape. If the seal is not properly closed up (check both sides) you will lose vacuum. If the top cap of the valve is not compromised with dust and debris, the valve will not leak.

Do you refund my veneer if I screw up the pressing?


What’s a “Dry Run” and why should I do that?

It means to press your project in the TAP bag, without putting any glue on the veneer sheets. Stack the dry sheets of veneer over the mold, seal them into the press with the breather netting in place, and pump the air out. Check for 10 minutes to make sure the TAP bag is not leaking. This will help you become familiar with the process before you commit glue to your veneer sheets.


Press 1: 25.4 cm (10'') and Press 2: 66 cm (26'')
Press 1: 101.6 cm (40'') and Press 2: 71 cm (28'')
Thin Air Press
Included with a Quick-Lock connector installed at one end of the bag
20 mil (0,5 mm)
a clear acrylic TUG External valve with one-way valve and Quick-Lock connector
1/4'' tubing
Outils Thin Air Press inclus
Pompe à vide, mastic d'étanchéité de rechange, filet drainant et instructions
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