Getting my tools ready #18: Adding dust collection to my jointer and my planer

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 01-16-2015 03:27 AM 2542 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: "Cut it off twice and it was still to short," or look ma I got wheels! Part 18 of Getting my tools ready series Part 19: MY STRAIGHTEDGE ROUGH CUTTING JIG. »

Been awhile and making some progress!

Thought I’d do an update on my depreciated shop equipment LOL! Murphy continues to haunt my shop but it appears he went South for a winter vacation!

I want to thank Stumpy Nubbs for inspiration while shopping at his and my favorite box store. Stumpy finds innovative adaptive uses for items we might not associate with woodworking. I’ve done some roofing and plumbing and stumpy has some innovative uses for trivets and plumbing stuff such as a downspout to plastic piping adapter, for dust collection on a drill press table.

I was checking out current prices for adapting my dust collection to plastic piping when I ran across the collars used on the roof for vent piping. I picked up a 3 inch collar and thought I would do what stumpy does. LOL!

I previously posted the assembly of my 7 inch Harbor Freight Jointer which sat in the box for many years. The picture here is the exhaust port for the jointer. It shot wood shavings and dust EVERYWHERE.

I had a 4inch coupler in my parts box. Set that on the 3 inch rubber collar and used my magic marker to put the diameter on the collar and proceeded to slice equal segments all around the circle. I was able to coax the adapter inside and used a wire clamp and electric tape to seal the connection. Looked Good.

sliced a triangle off each side and used window weather stripping to seal the edges and some self taping 1 inch screws that had to be coaxed into the Thin metal that the base is made from.

The results are quite adequate!

I also have a discontinued Delta P300 Type 1 Planer. It too spews shavings and dust everywhere. It’s ok when I work outside but too many nooks and cranny’s for clean up? When I first bought it there was no specific chip shoot to attach to a dust collector and I thought I could adapt a shoot from a 12.5 inch Delta planer. NO way! Did a Google search and found they have made one for my 12 inch planer!

I was just going to attach it when Murphy showed up. (It’s warmer …in the thirties here in Southern MN) and I had to take the planer apart. couldn’t find my manual. So I downloaded on off the Internet. Used it for a reference , and cleaned ,de- rusted, and waxed the inside and outside and attached the dust collection hood.!

So I am pretty happy that I won’t be spending hours in clean up after truing my rough cut materials!

Thanks for reading along!

If anyone is interested in a dust hood for a 12.5 inch Delta Planer ( pictured below) PM me!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 03:34 AM

Looks good, Tom!

What are you planning for this year’s Northern Woods Exhibition?


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#2 posted 01-16-2015 03:41 AM


Thanks! For now I will just show up? Have a few more tools and Jigs to put together. Thinking and planning two projects. A night stand and a personalized box for an artist friend.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 01-16-2015 03:55 AM

Hey Tom, looks like you are making great progress. If you can keep the chips and dust under control when using the planer and jointer that is a big step to keeping the shop relatively clean.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 01-16-2015 04:46 AM

heck tom…just fly me into your place there and within a small amount of time, i will have you up and running…i work for food…..and i will feed the cats, as long as you dont wake me, oh and i prefer bacon, over sausage…unless you fix egg and cheese mc egg a omelet would really do it, western style first night,and then locale fare after…oh and rib eye steak every friday, 2 fridays are minimum…

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

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#5 posted 01-16-2015 04:49 AM

Thanks Peter!

I know it will help.

Hooked the dust collection up to my bandsaw. I was amazed at how little extra dust was around!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-16-2015 04:50 AM

Hey Bob,

You taking too much pain meds? LOL! Thanks for stoppin to look.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 01-16-2015 11:02 AM

Hi Tom, you are certainly getting on top of it all!! I only use my Makita planer outdoors, I would never find anything if I tried using it in the shop, like you say it spews everywhere :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#8 posted 01-16-2015 02:08 PM

Great job of adapting and conquering challenges.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 01-16-2015 03:37 PM

Looks like a great addition for your shop. It is always better to spend time actually doing woodwork, rather than cleaning the shop. :-)

Let me know what you do with the dust hose from the planer. I also have a Delta and found the center outlet to be a pain, with the hose hanging down, getting in the way of my wood.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#10 posted 01-16-2015 05:03 PM

What a timely post Tom. I am in the middle of modifying my recently purchased Harbor Freight Dust collector to tackle the very tools you just shared with us. Thanks for the tips buddy.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 01-16-2015 06:04 PM


You’re welcome! We should share experiences on dealing with the chinese dragon? LOL!

Thanks for stopping by.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 01-16-2015 06:07 PM


I really hate cleaning and setting up. But I hope this reduces that time. You could work outside under a awning? LOL! Thanks for checking in.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 01-16-2015 06:10 PM


Yeah it’s going to be an issue for awhile as I am running 50 ft of flexible hose that goes out to my garden/dust collector shed. I do plan on hanging 4 inch pvc once I get the snow plow off my truck. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 01-16-2015 06:13 PM

Tom, you’re doing the right thing. You won’t regret, and for sure you’ll say ‘Why didn’t I do that before !”

All the best,


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#15 posted 01-16-2015 06:15 PM

Hillbilly Shooter,

Patience is something I’m still learning and practicing. These fixes will help in getting the wood ready. I’m working on hand planing. Next blog! LOL!

Thanks for stopping to read.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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