Kydex Sheath-making: Homemade Vacuum Thermoformer




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Carnation77 Since 1977: you need to heat it then instantly vac it, you can't wait around.

Kenny Singrajphak: instead of using a vacuum cleaner as vacuum, have you ever thought of using vacuum pump?

rostom tafajira: does any tipe of plastic could work whit this vacuum machin ??????

Defcon229: simply use an electric heat gun kit

dave091790: There is a video of it somewhere on youtube, I just watched it today. the guy saves way more kydex now.

DoctorRansom: That depends on what your definition of "wasting" is. If your pressing method doesn't do a good job of creating tight tolerances around your parts, then all your kydex is "wasted". That being said, you can still maximize your kydex usage when using this method by using multiple parts at a time, and ensuring that you use all your space. Alternatively, if you're always using smaller parts, create a smaller apparatus.

Elden Armbrust: Don't you waste copious amounts of kydex using this method?

Iseekoutthetruth: where did you get your kydex from

tybeejeffro: Check out Livnoutdoors68 page. He has two versions of thermoformers using silicone.

DoctorRansom: Great idea. Would love to see it implemented.

DoctorRansom: Yeah, it works pretty good for guns, especially because they're deeper, and seems to work much better than the standard foam/press method.

HogSnot: Replace that kydex sheet with silicone sheet - save a LOT of kydex and get the same or better results. Silicone sheets pulls the hot kydex in the vacuum.

HogSnot: Look at all the screws! You built the crap outa that box! Engineer? Good vid. Like an idiot, I drilled all my holes on a piece of MDF. Sitting a few feet from me was an odd piece of pegboard that I didn't think about...

DoctorRansom: Will make a follow-up vid sometime soon - in the meantime, posted links to some pics of the finished sheaths in the description. You'll have to make some guesses until I get the next vid done.

Dr. Jamie Neely: Haven't done this yet. Like the idea. Thanks. What's the next step. That's only half of the sheath. How do you finish?

DoctorRansom: That one is 5.5HP.

lee ritter: What is the hp rating on your vac? I have a 2 amp shop vac that I think is probably to weak. Great vid, keep it up!

Cayoot: I just wanted to say "Thanks" for such a complete answer to my questions. I'm gonna have to build one of these.

dragsbae: @DoctorRansom Thank you Doctor. The vacuum is strong.

DoctorRansom: @dragsbae Sure thing. Kydex can scratch stuff up though, so if your phallus is important to you, you may want to use something like leather. Black leather.
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