Our new ThermaJig is just incredible . . .
Read below to find out why.
We first invented the curved holster jig for making curved holsters inside the vacuum former. Recently, we have looked for ways to improve on our original design and make it better . . .not cheaper (like some of the copycats have done.) We made some major revisions to the design that have made tremendous improvements on how well curved holsters are made.
First, we eliminated all the hollow airspace underneath the jig. Hollow space underneath a jig adds to the internal air volume of your vacuum former. More volume means you have more air to evacuate with the pump which takes long to achieve full vacuum. Meanwhile, your hot kydex is cooling very quickly. This impacts holster definition, and the quality of the holsters you make. Seconds are critical when forming with any curved jig. The number one reason for making a curved jig hollow underneath is cost. More material equals more expense to produce but holster quality suffers. The new ThermaJig is a solid design. There is no large hollow space or pockets underneath the jig to create more internal air volume.
Second, we made the ThermaJig completely adjustable in width! You can adjust the jig to fit whatever project you are working on. From full size pistols with lights and lasers to the smallest handguns, you can add a curve while forming your holster. To adjust in width, you must have different widths of foam. You can make these easily using the neoprene rubber press foam you should already have on hand if you are a kydex holster maker.
Third, we made the ThermaJig with an adjustable molding depth. By adjusting with spacers or using different thicknesses of foam, you can adjust the molding depth to achieve anything from a 50/50 split to a 95/5 split depending on your preference.
Fourth, we split the jig made it so each side can adjust length wise to give you more work area on the sight channel side to help you mold holsters for pistols with small optics like Trijicon RMRs.
Fifth, we added a lot more weight to the jig so that it would not slide around from the closing the lid and the membrane stretching causing everything to move. No more reaching over the lid and trying to hold everything in place by pushing down on the membrane and jig with your hand to keep everything from moving.
Lastly, another awesome feature is that we made the jig with a flow through design to aid air evacuation and better definition. In addition, we molded directly into the jig tiny ridges that aid in better vacuum draw. Then we molded indicator lines into the jig every ½ inch apart which faintly shows up on the back of your holsters. These indicator lines give you a point of reference for drilling and installing your eyelets straight and parallel every time.
The foam is now easily replaced with standard 1 inch neoprene foam. No more sticky back Velcro to try and secure your foam in place.
The ThermaJig comes standard with one piece of foam and one spacer that fits most full frame auto pistols. To adjust the jig, it will require you to cut and make your own spacer and cut your own foam to fit the width of your choosing. We have found that there only a few different widths that cover almost all different sizes of handguns. The spacers are made from hardboard, ¼ inch plywood, or whatever you like. You can even use cardboard as a spacer.
PLEASE NOTE: THE THERMAJIG WILL ONLY WORK IN THE THERMAPRESS VF-1. IT WILL NOT WORK IN OTHER BRANDS OF VACUUM FORMERS OR HOME MADE VACUUM FORMERS. For this reason, you must be a VF-1 owner to purchase the ThermaJig or you must be purchasing the ThermaJig with a VF-1. If we determine you are not a VF-1 owner, we will not be able to fill your order.