Well I decided to get one after a lot of thinking. I made enough money this summer to make a little investment in my future woodworking goals. I bought an excel 1 continuous vacuum pump system which includes a filter and pressure gauge and the necessary tubing/ lock on attachment for the vacuum bag. I also bought the see through mesh to place between the wood piece and the vinyl vacuum bag in order to allow for even pressure and prevent any bubbles from forming. I got some necessary components to make the vinyl vacuum bag including the glue and the vinyl pieces as well as the valve stem to connect to the pump. If I read everything correctly this is the main components that I need in order to get a good setup going! I plan on being able to do a lot of the work in my apartment this fall and being able to get things set up as I progress instead of always going to the woodshop (they won't let you set up a vacuum press there). I was just wondering if anybody with some experience veneering with a vacuum press has any recommendations or maybe some tips with things that have gone wrong for you? This is pretty new to me and I'm going into this hoping that I'll learn as I progress but would live to hear a little from people who have done projects with these in the past!