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WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop". #12: Today, I renovated my dust collector canister shaker

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 06-15-2009 01:01 AM 3756 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Today, I laid the tiles I made Part 12 of WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop". series Part 13: Using steel rebar for a lumber rack, and Expanding my shop. »

I told you what happened to me the other day about my sawdust storm.

You can check out my forum topic about this.

Whenever I had to operate the cleanup flappers, I had to climb a ladder.

It was really awkward.

Besides that I could only turn the lever a little over 180 degrees,

because it is located in a corner.

So I put my thinking cap on, & jerry-rigged a cranking mechanism.

I dug around in all of my stash of junk, & found just what I needed.

The pulleys, & belt came from an old clothes dryer.

I was recently going to throw them out. Now I’m glad I didn’t.

The shaft for the drive pulley is a steel dust mop handle, just the right size 7/8”.

I had to break down, & buy a few parts.

A 3/8’ drive universal joint socket, so I could use my speed wrench for a crank.

Also a couple of 10 MM nuts, so I could have something to clamp the driven pulley onto.

All in all this project set me back $5.00

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is the before image. The top of the canister is 9 1/2 feet high.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is an image of my new cranking mechanism.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the final installation, & it really works great.

At first I thought it may crank hard with the driving pulley being larger, but it turns quite easy.

With this set up, I get a lot more vibration because it turns much faster..

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By the way, I never showed you pictures of the corner of the shop floor completed.
I still have to finish the L area of the shop. I decided to move my lathe in there.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 01:15 AM

neat idea well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 01:20 AM

Thanks Jim!

My dust collector really sucks!! now,

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 01:20 AM

Hey, I wasn’t there so how did we jerry-rig this thing?.......................................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 02:00 AM

Dick. A great revision I wonder why the MFG would make it so hard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 06-15-2009 02:33 AM

Thanks Karson,
This set up would work great on yours also.
You wouldn’t have to walk around the filter.
The lever is inconvenient.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 08:09 AM

Ingenious – Just goes to proove, you never throw anything away it might come is useful one day.

I wonder how many normal people with DC could reach the handle without standing on something or modifying the DC as you have done?

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 12:56 PM

Thank you Tony.

Some of the time, I get kind of disgusted with hanging on to a lot of junk,

but it makes me feel good when I finally put it to use.

If I had to go buy all of the items for this project, I might not have done so.

It is very rewarding when you get to make use of it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 06-15-2009 02:57 PM

That is quite a contraption Dick. But a beautiful floor.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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kerflesss

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#9 posted 06-15-2009 04:53 PM

Now thats some “Yankee Know How”! Good idea… Who said auto tools don’t belong in the wood shop :)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 06-15-2009 11:59 PM

Thank you Mike, & kerfless!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 06-16-2009 05:37 AM

Great solution Dick. I’m a bit like you, hate throwing things away that I might use one day.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 06-16-2009 05:43 AM

Thanks Grumpy,
If it weren’t for guys like us, the landfills would overflow. <(;O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 06-16-2009 05:47 AM

Very true Dick. We are doing the community a service.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 06-17-2009 08:43 PM

Great idea Dick. You missed another calling…you should be designing machinery too !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 06-18-2009 05:29 AM

Thank you, Snowy, that’s the fun about a shop, it keeps the mind nimble.

More fun than golf.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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