Dust Collection

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Blog entry by Roger posted 03-16-2012 07:53 PM 11595 reads 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1st, let me thank StumpyNubs for giving me this idea to post this info on dust collection. His is posted here: 2ndly, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. He is genious things he does…. Anyway, I’m not, what someone might call a cheapskate by any sorts, but, like I’ve said before, my wallet is not overflowing with cash and/or plastic. That said, here is a few idea’s that I use in my shop for dust collection. Feel free to use any of em. You may need to make a run to the grocery store for a few o these items. Being that I/we try and be participants of recyling, these items can be used instead of throwing them away, or even puttin them in the recycle bins. If you look at these pics closely, you can see how a box fan, a 1lb coffee can, a Pringles can, and a few pieces of aluminum flexible dryer ducting (this really is kool because it stays in position once it is bent), can be used. I also use a reducer or two for going down in size for my palm sander, plunge routing, and anything else that needs some dust collection. Better in that dc bag or can, then in my lungs. That’s my story, and I’m stickin to it! Thnx fer lookin, and plz post some more ideas and money savers that you may share
this hangs on my ceiling: I do clean the filters on a regular basis and/or when needed

this is on my jointer

this is under my table saw

these 2 are under my table mounted router… 1 under, 1 over at the fence

under the bandsaw

and at the lathe… the Coors box does ok, but needs some improvement (NO, I’m not switching beers) lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 08:05 PM

Creative and inexpensive. I like it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 08:13 PM

I like your ideas, very creative!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 08:43 PM

thanks for the inspiration I may try the box fan filter for my shop, I’m too poor to buy more expensive options for now.

-- Why does everything I enjoy doing have to be bad for the environment, I work in the oil industry and enjoy working with exotic woods from rain forests

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 09:07 PM

5-10bux for the box fan at the dollar store and a couple bux for 20×20 furnace filters. I used j-channel leftovers from vinyl siding to hold the filters in place. Just be sure to change or clean em often. This doesn’t get 100% of the fine dust, but, I believe it helps quite a bit

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 09:10 PM

That devil we call dust, must be fought with ALL weapons in the arsenal (and some that are not)!!! Anything to prevent the scurge of “Tan Lung Disease” (a name of my creation), that effects valiant LumberJocks, is an option to surely be employed!!!

Great job showing your solutions!!!

-- 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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#6 posted 03-16-2012 09:32 PM

Sorry, but that’s the best use for Coors Light that I have ever seen, and … love it though I do … I’m still not gonna’ drink it !!!

By the way: I went to visit Stumpy Nubs, in his shop. You can’t see three feet in there. It’s like a Charmin Toilet Paper factory exploded.

Not sure he’s really a dust collection expert, then ;-)

Just kidding. Great job ! Coffee and beer. Two of the basic food groups !

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 09:36 PM

Roger- you said your wallet isn’t full of cash or plastic… mine is full of plastic. But that’s because I save my sandwich bags from lunch for my wife to wash and reuse.

-- Subscribe to "Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal"- One of the crafts' most unique publications:

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 09:38 PM

Ingenious, love the lathe dust collection system, hey whatever works ;-)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 03-16-2012 10:55 PM

Nice Roger, the pringles adapter tube is very cool. As long as it doesn’t leak I think it is a very good system. And if it does leek drink a beer and grab some duct tape

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

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#10 posted 03-17-2012 01:26 AM

Gr8 Roger! Do whatever it takes to catch those nasty little dust particles…...I appreciate the ideas… need to adapt…...guess you have…Thanks!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 03-17-2012 01:42 AM

Great tips Roger! You need to tag these with the ‘frugal woodworker’ tag that Donnie Bahama initiated some time ago. I need to do the box fan thing above my bench as the ceiling is too low for any “real” air filter. How close to the ceiling do you think I could go and still have it work? Also, is it necessary to have furnace filters on both sides of the fan?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-17-2012 02:24 AM

Colorado Kool-aid ? Sierra Nevada works a whole lotta better.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#13 posted 03-17-2012 06:23 AM

That’s very creative indeed.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 03-17-2012 12:55 PM

I think it looks like time to change that box fan filter!

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#15 posted 03-17-2012 01:31 PM

thnx everybody. superd: I do get some leakage, I’m sure, but not really bad. I have spent a few extra bux on the clear, flexible large and small hoses, because they are so pliable, and with a clamp on em, I they don’t leak at all. Stumpy: it looks worse than it is .. Andy: I wouldn’t put it too close to the ceiling because I think it will create more dust. (I think). I run mine on low speed only. All these are not full-proof, but, they all do help. I still wear a decent dust mask when working with woods that bother me, like, pine, and oak are the worst for me. Hopefully one day, when that big bag o money falls outta the sky in my yard, I’ll buy a larger, more powerful dust collector, but, for now, my $120 dollar HF collector works pretty good. I still see this collector advertised for $149 a lot

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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