Getting my tools ready #11: My version of the thein chip collector

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 421 days ago 1357 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: The eagle has landed! Part 11 of Getting my tools ready series Part 12: Small steps forward »

Having assembled my shop equipment, and watching Stumpy Nubbs show on chip collection for the lower budget…MINE! LOL! Went to my local box stores to purchase a trash can and I was sorely disappointed at the quality of the product in more than one store. At present I have no money for tools. So I remembered the burn barrel I purchased last year for $&.%). Checked it out…price increase. 10 bucks!

Had to clean out dried peanut oil! Another fun task?

Lots of fun cutting out the lid and lower deflector as my band saw didn’t seem to be cutting to smoothly. Got some great advise from fellow LJ’s helping out a Newbie. Got it figured out after seeing a great video recommended by Horizontalmike Didn’t have a circle cutting jig for my router. Bought some Plexiglas to make one. Tried to cut the holes for the input ports with my circle cutter for sheet metal. Worked once in practice. Dulled the bit??? Cut the 4” holes with my Makita saber saw!!
Found excellent instructions for building the thein Dust chip collector by Googling and I purchased the input/output ports from Rockler as they screw together.! Sanded and used two coats of shellac sealer, then Rustolium spray primmer and the grey spray paint I used to clean up my Delta Dust Collector

I used carriage bolts, 8” x 3/8’s and made sleeves from my conduit that I screwed up putting in my 220 volt line for my cabinet saw. LOL! I like to overbuild. could have just left it. :)

Purchased some coaster wheels to mount to the bottom of the can for ease of movement. But I have had to start on my decaying second floor windows in my Victorian House. Thought it would be a matter of scraping old paint. NOPE! water damage. It’s my NEW PRIORITY as I am not getting any younger and I’m working off a two story ladder!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 421 days ago

Looks like a good job Doc. Waiting for you to start churning out projects.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 421 days ago

well i new this post was really going to suck…lol…someone was going to say it, might as well be me…maybe you should make a rolling cart to put under the heavy barrel…just a thought, well that or get all of the cats on a harness system and let them pull it for fish…:)...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 421 days ago

Looks great, even a coat of paint!. I see in the background the shop is set-up and the tools are out. Is that a stool under construction in the background!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 421 days ago

Pretty impressive work Tom.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 421 days ago

I’m a little rusty at posting so I put the pictures up first? Thought I’d get something up so you would know I’m still here. Grizzman I have the wheels just finished writing that on the bottom of the project photos.

Woodbridge The stool is there, just waiting. LOL! See bottom of project comments.

Monte I am using the bandsaw, figuring out how to move material through it. Learned some router bit limitations w/out a circle jig?

Jim thanks, think I can give Stumpy a run for being an educator? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 421 days ago

Pretty neat work Tom. I think that will last you a long time! :)

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#7 posted 421 days ago


Probably longer than me? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 421 days ago

It’s looking good Doc.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 421 days ago

Sandra Thanks but not as nice as your bench!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 421 days ago

That’s nice Doc! I think you’ll like it since it’s on the larger side. I have the smaller one and it fills up too quick. Great job!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#11 posted 421 days ago

Lookin good…should do a great job keeping all that dust under control. What are you using to power it?

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#12 posted 421 days ago

JR_Dog Still have to empty it. LOL!

”Greg” On my last blog page I finished up with my Discontinued Delta 1.5 hp, which I purchased long ago, before understanding something needs to suck more that it has to blow. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 421 days ago

Doc looking good. Kinda like your making submarine parts.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 421 days ago

You’ve just proved the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” A job well done Tom.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#15 posted 421 days ago

Sounds like that window project could use a good scaffolding system, unless you can figure out a way to do
it from the inside, as we get more mature our balance is not as good, and we do not bounce like we used to.
Keep having fun in the shop, and be careful with those windows.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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