Dust Separator #2: Finished up and tested

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Blog entry by Drifter posted 07-16-2012 04:10 AM 6130 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was able to finish up the dust seperator and test it this afternoon. I still have to work out the final conections to the shop vac – hence the blue taped connection!! But I think I wil turn down the end of one of the reducers to see if I can make a direct connection. Previously I had pictured different adaptors – the type designed for a dust collection system but I decided to use different connctors because it make the mounting easier and the air flow through the top better.

The first test didn’t go so well – but then I figured out that I had connected the hoses backwards. Just a little to excited to test it out I guess!

This is the way my shop vac appeared before my test. The filter is clearly full of dust and wood particles.

After dumping the contents out on the garage floor I vacuumed it all back up again.

The little bit of dust in the bottom was left over from before I emptied it out – so success!!

-- - It's not worth doing if your not willing to do your best.

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 08:31 PM

Great job. Dust is a B!TC#. Glad your solution is working for you.

The next thing you need is an “ambient air cleaner”, to remove airborne dust missed by the DC. Unless of course, you already have one.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 01:52 AM

Nice job, thanks for the link. I would like to try that, I am going to see what kind of material I have in the Garage, do you think plywood wood work on a jig like that? I wonder if you put a circle of sealant on the top and let it dry if it would seal the top any tighter? maybe do that and put some T bolts to tighen it down, which would be easy to undo when you clean it out. What do you think?

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 01:21 AM

Randy – your absolutely right and as far as dust collection goes – that will be the next thing I build.

Steve – Sorry i did respond sooner. Plywood would work just fine and a sealant would help. The top stays on just fine – in fact I can lift the whole thing up by the hoses while it is running due to the suction created by the shopvac.

-- - It's not worth doing if your not willing to do your best.

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 03:47 AM

Yeah I definitely have to do that, thanks for the answer. looks so simple to put together.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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