Fighting Dust #5: One step forward ...

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 01-06-2012 05:01 AM 5719 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s time to step back and evaluate what I have and where to go from here. I have two problems with my shop, 1) the band saw needs a better / more permanent home 2) better dust collection.

Now I can’t do (1) without doing (2) so here we are. I watched Stumpy Nubs reorganize his shop and all I could think was “I’m so glad I’m not Stumpy.” So much for that.

The problem with completely these two, seemingly minor tasks is, in order to one thing, I have to do two other things first.

Relocate the band. (Done.)
Step one – Removed an old cart that had no business being in there.
Step two – Slide down a table into the now vacant cart slot.

Moved the band saw to where the table was. Easy Peasy.

Or so I thought … by doing so, now I my drill bits aren’t next to my drill press.
Step one – make something to hold the Forstners bits
Step two – make something to hold drill bits (yet to be completed)

The good thing, I FINALLY found some use for all of that bits storage in the Yankee Router Table. YEAH ME!!

Move the table saw, gain 7” of extra room and make room for a cabinet to fit under the RH table:
Step one – I need to move the DC drop that feeds the TS 2 feet to the rear of the saw.
If I do that, then I can’t reach the blast gate, so
Step two – relocate the blast gate under the saw.
If I do that I still can’t reach the blast gate. (bad back and bending over kills me.)
Step three – Build a remote operator for the blast gate.

So by moving the drop back about 24”, I can run pipe all the way to the floor and behind the saw. I can then carry it all the way past the saw to the other side. This is where I connect my planer so I can get rid of the 15’ of flex that I have run under there now. (You can see the drop for the 15’ flex hose just to the the left of this picture.

So here’s the Remote Operator that I’m making for the TS. Once I get it finished, it will have a length of 1/4 all-thread connecting the handle to the blast gate. You can also notice how the TS DC hose is run now, right where a nice cabinet would fit.

Also just visible to the far bottom left is part of the 15’ of flex that’s run behind the saw. When not in use, it gets looped and stuck back in behind the saw. I want all to go away and be replaced with one run of Pipe and just a short drop of hose to connect to the saw.

This is going to take time to get everything completed. I also want to upgrade the duct to some sort of 6” duct. More to come … Lots more.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 05:05 AM

Here is the mod that I did to the blast gate. I just epoxied a piece of walnut onto the handle and drilled a hole in it. I’ll connect the all-thread to this and the other to the handle, w/ an adjustment linkage in there too.


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