My new workshop transformation and Dust Collection Endeavor complete.

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 09-22-2011 03:41 AM 2781 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know if this should be a blog or placed in the forums so I’ll just put it here.

I first want to thank and credit all the members here on LumberJocks for your great postings, ideas and suggestions that led me to my accomplishments.

Here is a list of items I used in this project.
HF 2HP dust collector, I picked it up for $149.00
4” S/D pipe, 1- long 90° elbow, several 45s and wyes
various fittings purchased from woodcrafter.
3’ 1 1/2” flex tubing purchased at HD
No glue was used only duct tape for a nice tight fit keeping everything snug, this will allow me to make changes if need be.

I’ll start with the new addition to the shop which houses the DC and air compressor. In the beginning stages I was planing on just putting the DC outside under a lean-to but was informed by other members here that since my shop was AC’ed it would dump all of my cool air outside and that I would be better off putting it in an insulted shed which I did.

This photo shows the shed complete, I have other photos of the full shed build in another area here on lumberjocks for those that which to view them here is the link.

During my DC research I found myself a bit overwhelmed with all that was involved with a central system, static electricity, duct size, cyclones, separators, custom made blast gates, the list goes on, I’ve also read the articles from researches such as Rick Christopherson on static electricity causing dust fires, the hazards from breathing saw dust.

I didn’t go into depth research about duct size only that larger pipe was best, 6” being idea, OK now after visiting my local plumbing supplier and seeing how big that 6” was, I just couldn’t fathom this stuff engulfing my somewhat small shop 12’x16’ just wasn’t going to happen, I was later enlightened by our local woodcrafter store and seeing their training room 4” would be just fine as that’s what they had running.

Now I needed to find out where and how I was going to run everything, this task took a lot of head scratching, several trips to the local Home Depot and a few trips to our local woodcrafter store. I started off with mounting the DC to the plywood floor inside the shed and staggering the bag unit as close to it as possible, no need to use the base I just set it aside.

Here shows the motor mounted to the floor and the pipe connections, one goes almost straight through at the bottom of the wall and the other I have 45ed up going in at the top of the wall, the window will be filtered and also used to port the cool filtered air back into the shop.

This photo shows the vertical pipe
Here shows the pipe coming straight off the splitter through the bottom of the wall.

Showing the bag system just inside the door hiding the motor unit which is tucked away in the corner.

a shot of the air compressor on the other side and the outlets which are switched inside the shop on the other side of the wall, I installed a 20amp receptacle, 12/2 wire through out the shop along with 20amp breakers also have all outlets protected with GFCI.

In this photo the pipe coming through the bottom of the wall and a wye feeding the miter saw collector box, this is the only place where I used a long 90 at.

Coming around the corner, floor sweep with my only custom made gate and what looks like a bird house is actually a dovetail jig :)

And ends here connecting to the table saw hopper.

The top section coming through the wall wying down to cover the top of the table saw, I added a 2×2 for bracing from the ceiling.
Another view over the table saw, I installed a bracing system from my wood rack so to tie the flex hose to, the hose will also act as a collector from my work table, side note I plan on building a new work table as well later on to act as an out feed.

ending run at the jointer and drill press.

A close up collection at the drill press, I used 1 1/2” flex tubing purchased at HD.

Last but not Least, ending at the Planer and router.

I made a custom collection box for the jointer and added a 4” port on the bottom, works great.

Other views.

In this picture, miter saw collection box, I am using degoose's idea only instead of building the baffle box off of the back I added it on the bottom.

Another view

Showing the 1/2” gap cut.

Switched DC and Air Compressor.

Thanks for viewing and if you have any questions about your DC or any other please feel free to ask.

Randy AKA Blackie

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 09-22-2011 12:45 PM

This is great! Really useful stuff.

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#2 posted 09-22-2011 02:06 PM

Wow, tons of work. Came out great!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 04:26 PM

Stellar job on the d.c. and the rest of the build….looks like it will do the job. In my shop I put the d.c. and one air compressor in a seperate room , also, along with my central heat and air system…. It sure does cut down on all the noise tha comes from these two machines…’ll at least be able to hear yourself think….lol.

-- " Geezer.......Not young.....Not dead....Somewhere in between.."

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 04:45 PM

Glad to see you got it done, looks great. That will someday be one of my shop up grades as well.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 09-24-2011 12:28 AM

Thanks all

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 10:48 PM

Great blog, Blackie!

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