The Basement #20: The Craziest Idea Yet?

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 09-25-2011 02:23 AM 2115 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am refinishing a pine dinette set and the dust is crazy bad. I bought a Fein vac off of Craigslist 2 years ago for $25 (yes $25) but it had a non-standard 1/4 turn electrical plug on it, so couldn’t test. Re-wired a standard plug and it didn’t work…..BUMMER.

Tore it all apart and in the end, all that needed to be done was to re-seat one one the switches – they pop right out with a screwdriver…..

Bottom line – the Fein was a great buy – works great – the filter is fantastic and its QUIET!

Anyways, the vac has always been a great asset in the shop, but space is always an issue – so it was always a pain to use the vac for dust collection with the ROS (hooks up perfectly with the Porter Cable)........until today:

Using a bike hook, the vac hangs off the ceiling above the right side of the table saw – which is a dead space…

And when the sander is not in play – the hose hangs here:

Previously – the Fein was used to get the table saws clean along with the other tools in the general area and it will still do this task just fine…....

Your shop space is 3 dimensional – any space not required for walking is fair game for tools.

Time will tell if this works, but I think it will…........

Appreciate your comments…


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 03:18 AM

Hi Jeff,

Good use of space in your shop…....pretty slick idea to put the Fein over-head. Just don’t bump your ‘noggin… You made out like a burgler when you found that deal…I don’t have a Craigslist where I live…wish I did….Anyway…..good score, and looks like it the ticket for sanding…up and out of the way…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 03:25 AM

What a bargain. Unique Idea,if it’s where you walk you must be a little person. :))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 03:42 AM

Cessna – Thanks for the post, but the rollaways are fixed…sorry. The workbench’s are on a differnt wall. Almost all mechanics tools in there so they are fine where they are.

Rick – thanks for the comment – unless I climb on top of my table saw I cannot “bump my noggin”...You don’t have Craigslist, but you do live live in the Ozarks… I think you win.

Jim – thanks for the comment – the vac is positioned so I can’t walk into it but functions with my sanding table… Always appreciate the comments.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 08:42 PM

I think you would be smart to also invest in an overhead air filter, I did and it makes a world of difference! I can use my air hose to clean the shop up and it makes “tons” of dust and with the air filter on high, you can see all the dust heading for its’ filter to be trapped and within 5 minutes the air is clean! Oh, I looked again and you do have one! I have that same one! Hope this will inspire someone else to do the same, your lungs will thank you!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 04:46 AM

Oh, so that´s was an air filter. Wow. I thought was a beer top fridge.

Good idea on the fein vac.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 09-27-2011 12:33 AM

Hey Erwin – I have two of Jet overhead filters in the shop and I do the same airhose trick once in awhile….just don’t forget the dust mask! Thanks for the post.

Fernando – no worries, we DO have a beer fridge!

I have been using the vac for a few days now (hanging from the ceiling) and it works well. The difference for me using it with the sander, is I will actually use it now, because it is easy to hook up and not in the way… maybe crazy, but effective….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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