I just wanted to say a big thank you to all active helpful members and to Andymac!
I have just about finished my first little screen printing setup with a home built vac table and all. Without all your helpful replies to other beginners like me, as well as some excellent guides and pictures from Squeegeeville I would never have gotten this far so fast.
My setup is just about complete and I have started testing and practicing. Of course I'm making mistakes and I get ideas for improvements in both technique and setup as i go along, but the table is great.
I partially sound insulated a vacuum cleaner and found some fittings for plumping that fittet 100%.
My main problem so far is getting WB inks of sufficient opacity. I can see from the forums that I’m not the only european with the same problem, but there just doesn't seem to be the same supply here as in the U.S. And the cost of shipping plus taxes etc makes it too expensive to import.
I have a couple of paint samples on the way which i look forward to, but after much thought i think i will begin experimenting with some sort of homebrewed paint. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel though:
I didn’t know anything about it when i started this project, but it turns out that i’m almost neighbour to a retired gentleman who has owned a silkscreen company all his working life and who is very enthusiastic about my little project.
Pretty crazy coincidence in a small town of 700 ppl on a remote island
Here a a few pictures from when i made the table and my “studio”
look forward to signing up for a premium account as soon as I'm over a minor financial meltdown.
PS: It isn't me you can glimpse in the pics. Its my friend who helped me build the vac table.