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A Dust Collection Journey #2: The new shop

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Blog entry by AZWoody posted 12-09-2015 02:01 AM 728 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after moving to Arizona to take over a farm, we had a large shop we were not going to use.
It’s 8 bays plus an additional side shop that is air conditioned and is 20’x40’ with 12 foot ceilings and one wall is replaced by a roll up door.

I immediately claimed that for my wood shop. Well, at the time, I did not have that much in terms of tools. I did not bring much with me from my garage so I was starting from scratch. My brother gave me hi Bosch contractor saw which I did some upgrades and it was a great tool at the time. I then went to Harbor Freight and get a couple cheap items to get me some cheap tools to get me going until I could afford to populate my shop with tools that will last.

Now, being in Arizona, I was hoping to be able to run with all the doors closed and the AC running as trying to work in 110 degree heat, with sawdust flying around is just not my idea of fun. So I started reading on dust collection and after reading more on the Harbor Freight tool I figured that this is what I needed.

First thing I did was buy the unit, the kit that they sell which includes hoses etc and tried hooking up directly to my tools. It seemed to work ok, but I did notice that dust was still flying off the tools and leaving some chips on the ground. I figured this is as good as it gets so continued to work on my shop. Working on laying it out how I want and getting the tools.

After getting some more tools and figuring out the layout I wanted, I began to figure out ducting and the dust collection system.



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#1 posted 12-09-2015 02:05 AM

is this in the past, from your personal experience? or real time ?

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#2 posted 12-09-2015 02:09 AM

This part, with the new shop started about 2 years ago. Maybe 3.

The farm has kept me the most busy, so I actually do not get as much time as I wanted to work on my shop.
Each stage in how I changed things around took a few months at a time.

I think the next blog will be how I ducted and had my HF collectors set up, then will follow with the numbers I got from testing air speed at the various gates.

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 02:19 AM

Pictures help. I would love to have 8 unsused bays and 20’x40’ area :) I look at my garage when I first moved into this house and compare it to now. I’ve come a long way.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#4 posted 12-09-2015 02:21 AM

Yup, next post will have pictures of the setup.

Hard to believe, but a 20×40 shops gets really small as it starts filling with tools. Now, I wish I had a lot more space, haha.

It’s amazing how much space I can take up. Now, 1 of the bays is my vertical lumber racks that I have here as one of my projects. 3 to 4 bays are taken up for drying wood as they come off the sawmill.

That right there is a whole other blog I want to start writing up.

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 03:12 AM

Congrats, that would should dry pretty fast out in AZ

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 12-16-2015 05:27 AM

I too have a Bosch 4100 CONTRACTOR saw. Did the outrigging upgrades and also did 5” HVAC piping underneath to suck of some saw dust. Haven’t done any other upgrades to it. A highly dependable contractor saw to say the least.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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