The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #38: Upgrade your budget dust collection!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 05-20-2013 02:55 AM 6262 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not everyone has a cyclone! What about those of us with shop vacs and Harbor Freight collectors? This episode is for you- we make two different Thien baffle separators, and we talk filter upgrades.

Plus, part 4 of our bench plane series looks at the Stanley #7 jointer plane, Charles Neil stops by and Mustache Mike smashed a mosquito… that and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking!

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 03:28 AM

Nice pink cargo pant there sir stumps-a-lot. :^)

Enjoyed the show….. BUT… You keep referring to the “next” installmet of Mike’s gig…... Where’s the first one? Your web site just says “coming soon”

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 03:38 AM


Excellent and great timing for me. Finally assembling my Delta Single stage dust collector and hunting down the parts I bought years ago. Probably won’t be doing the big suck like Stumpster, so the innovation on the trash can thien separator was genius, and to the point for me.

My Delta has two 4 inch ports with caps. Looked at the parts that I could find after 7 freekin years and figured out why they went to an upgrade. LOL!

Thanks, I was just thinking Hope Stumpy has lots of people checkin in and supporting him.

I think it’s my turn again. Is the sander plan done?

Looking forward to your upcoming shows. Went too quick! Are you guys related?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 03:45 AM

Stumpy I await the handtool show.
You have done it again.
You kept me entertained till the end.
And I was wondering about the mouse as well.

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

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 03:48 AM

Hey stumpster,

Also wondering if you can do a segment on plane adjusters and truing up the plan as you actually are a good instructor! (Did I say that?)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-20-2013 03:59 AM

Great show Mike, err & Stumpy.

I say you should use McNugget to set off the SawStop safety cartridge!!!

The Wynn filter is a great deal….
I got the 35A274NANO filter and love it!!!

Thien seperator is a great shop made upgrade….
Built one for my HF 2HP DC, works great!!!

I plan on a Thien seperator for a future Shop-Vac DC system for my DP, Mortiser and other smaller machines!!!

Keep up the good work Mike, err & Stumpy!!!

-- 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 05-20-2013 01:17 PM

Great work on showing the shop made Thien separator. Been thinking about fine tuning my delta dust collector, this should get me motivated today. In comparison from 10 years ago with add on”s of air filtration the shop is pretty clean, but there’s always room for improvement. Thanks for the show.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-20-2013 02:39 PM

When we move and I get my new workshop/garage built I HOPE to have enough funds left for a dust collection system. So I’ll be favoriting this one for future reference.

And @ ssnvet… I noticed that too. I think Stumpy accidently got into the WOman’s pants section at WallyWorld when he picked out them pink ones! :-)

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#8 posted 05-20-2013 02:52 PM

They’re not even close to pink. You guys need to adjust your screens.

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#9 posted 05-20-2013 03:13 PM

I believe that color is salmon. Which is a shade of pink.

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#10 posted 05-20-2013 03:34 PM

Mike gave the wrong URL for your homemade tools page. I like your homer bucket thien baffle and want to make one. The lid thing I have from Woodcraft is meh.

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#11 posted 05-20-2013 05:50 PM

thanks Stumpy ,i got to give the lids a try i got one of those plastic lid and its just a waist ,thanks great video ,you and mike have it going on, love the pants :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 05-21-2013 03:59 AM

Great episode but many of use single stage dust collectors because we need to move them around the shop and having a trash can separator just makes two thing to move around. The whole double unit assembly can also get tangled up and falls over a lot – in short they can be a real pain. I know many like myself have modified our collectors to put a Thien baffle directly inside the single-stage collector. Mine works great and I think you should try it out.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#13 posted 05-21-2013 12:28 PM

That was a cool way to use that 5 gallon bucket! Stumpy if you are feeling genorous you can send the old table saw you had to me. It would be a huge upgrade from my skilsaw…....... Just kidding, enjoy the new saw!

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 05-26-2013 11:37 AM

Another gr8 vid full of info Stumps. I picked up a 30 gal trash can over a month ago, to do exactly what you showed here on a Thien baffle. Haven’t had time to set it up yet. That day is coming hopefully soon. Appreciate your expertise as always

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

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#15 posted 06-03-2013 12:58 PM

I’m interested in knowing how critical are the dimensions of the bottom part of the Thien baffle. It looks like the smaller circumference is cut about 2” in from the lager circle and covers about 50% of the entire disk. Yes?
You have a great technical brain…odd for an artist.

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