Dust Collector Series #6: Working on the overall height

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Blog entry by Martyroc posted 02-25-2012 05:49 PM 3053 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Intake pipe installed Part 6 of Dust Collector Series series Part 7: Building the containment »

Here’s where we are, i was at the woodworking show, Friday the 24th, did not get much done obviously. but here is what I have accomplished Saturday Morning. I will let the pictures tell the story, with a few captions just so no ones confused, Hell I am building it and I am confused!

This first shot is the intake pipe installed, and sanded flush on the inside, (almost flush, more sanding to do). as you know most of this wood was from pallets that had been in my warehouse at work for 10+ years, very, very dry. If you have been following the blog I had mentioned in a previous entry that the inside cone had some boards with moldiing cut into them, and if I tried to sand everything down to that the cone would be to thin and a little flimsy. Since I only use the wood putty for pallet projects, this seemed like the perfect time to break it out. Otherwise with good lumber & hardwood I use hidden joinery or cut plugs to cover screw holes

Now I am starting on the bottom catch all container, I went with an octagon to carry the top design over into the bottom. The bottom is an octagon and it graduates up up to a circle, so I thought the best way is to start with an octagon on the bottom and let it fade into a circle on the way up.

Now I am just calculating height, I dont want to have to empty this every few hours so the first pic is just to see what the height looks like relative to the space its going in.

Then I tried a little taller, this seems to be the way I am going. It will have 3” caster on the bottom and when I get the motor and blower assembly I will still have enough height to clear the ceiling and then some.

Well that’s were we are, I will be picking up some plywood today that has been used on a construction sight, to keep with the all recycled lumber theme. As always comments, suggestions, criticism, (Constructive only, please) are all welcome.

Please disregard the mess in the shop, the plan was to clean this morning but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Maybe tomorrow?

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

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 08:49 PM

Looks really good brother!

-- " Some people are like a Slinky - not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 09:30 PM

I would put a bigger barrel under that. If you have the room. You’ll be surprised how fast they fill up. Just sayen, great idea though and great work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 09:57 PM

You are coming along on this. Looking really good too!

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 10:01 PM

Thanks , Phatmat, Jockmike2 & Grandpa.

@jockmike2, I can probably go up another 4 or 5 inches, after that and the 3 inch wheels I am at the max height, but I hear you, both my shop vacs fill in a few minutes especially if I am planeing boards.

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

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