Oh yeah, I've watched the vacuum bag guy a few times. It's not a bad idea. It's everything to get to that point that looks unpleasant.
Right!! Yeah, hooking up the vac to a bag is definitely the easy part. I'm currently working on a Champagne Drums birch shell with a vertical grain bubinga veneer that was installed by Champagne. Can't wait to post up the finished product.
If you watch the first video, I think that kid does a great job of preparing the veneer. And even though his is a 2 part veneer, it still looks considerably easier in the first vid. Not so tedious anyway.