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Thien Baffle Separator #2: Cutting Circles

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Blog entry by Lance posted 990 days ago 3662 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Design Stages Part 2 of Thien Baffle Separator series Part 3: The Glue Up »

Started working on the separator for my HF DC today. I started off by making a round circle jib for the router, I used scrap material and hardware laying around the shop. The first pass I cut the hole to big, another rookie mistake, I MAKE A LOT OF THEM IT SEEMS LIKE! LOL I used the other piece and made the correct cut, it fits perfect over the trash can.

Off to HD to for my 2nd visit of the day to get ply and another small piece of MDF. I’m going to build some small shelve for stain and paint with the left over PLY since I only needed 6” of it.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 990 days ago

looks like your well on your way Lance. Ive had plans for this collecting dust for about a year now, maybe ill get there one day. Good luck on the build.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Roger

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#2 posted 989 days ago

lookin good Lance. nice circle cutting jig also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Vrtigo1

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#3 posted 876 days ago

I’m duplicating your project and having trouble bending plywood. How far did you cut into it? It looks like you just left the last ply intact. Are those spaces shown in the pictures just a single saw kerf or did you go wider than that? I duplicated what you did as best I could from looking at the pictures on some scrap, but when I try to bend the plywood I end up snapping it. Any tips you care to share?

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Vrtigo1

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#4 posted 875 days ago

Well, you can disregard my last comment. I tried again cutting as far as I could without going all the way through the plywood and managed to get it to bend. Next question – in another of your blogs, you have what looks like an AC fitting in the top of the separator where the hose from the impeller attaches. I bought a 6” piece, thinking that the hose is 6”, but apparently it’s not. I went back and looked for a 5” today, but that does not seem to exist at Lowes or HD. Just wondering where you sourced yours?

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Lance

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#5 posted 875 days ago

Vrtigo, I did the SAME thing, bought a 6” pipe and found out the hard way it’s only 5”. I went through http://www.pennstateind.com/. Hope this helps!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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Vrtigo1

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#6 posted 874 days ago

Thanks for the info. Do you happen to know which specific part you ordered from PSI? I looked around their site under the dust collection categories but didn’t see anything that looks like what you have.

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Lance

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#7 posted 873 days ago

If you referring to the black Y connector and not the PSI one I posted prior to making my changes its came off the HF DC, I just ended up using that, B/C it was free and I ended up putting plastic blast gates on it. lighter and cheaper!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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Vrtigo1

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#8 posted 865 days ago

Sorry, no. I am talking about the metal piece that connects the suction hose from the HF impeller to the housing you created. I am trying to find a piece that will fit inside the hose that comes with the HF DC so that I can connect it.

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Lance

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#9 posted 864 days ago

Ok, click on the link below, hope this is what your talking about.

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/N-SEC05.html

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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