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Shop made Vortex Dust Collector Modification using a 14" wok

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Blog entry by Toolz posted 08-06-2011 08:38 PM 3368 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you are like me you hate to clean out the canister on your DC. I saw this article online http://www.popularwoodworking.com/tools/shop-made-vortex-dust-collector-woks-on it is basically a home made modification that works like the new Jet Vortex.
and thought I would give it a try. I went to a local restaurant supply house and bought a cheap ($11.00) 14” steel wok.
I hack sawed the handles off and filed down the rough edges. I took it home and scrubbed the cosmoline type coating off and dried it thoroughly. After marking and drilling two mounting holes I sprayed the wok with Zinser spray shellac to keep future rusting to a minimum. Here is a photo pf the wok without handles.

I then used some scrap metal with lots of holes to make a mounting bracket

I then cut two lengths of 1/2” copper tubing about 1 1/2” long to use as stand offs and hung the wok underneath the mounting bracket.

I just completed this modification this morning but can definitely tell you that in no way does this reduce suction at a machine. I have only run a few boards through the Dewalt 735 so far after I changed the blades in that planer. I will report back after running some wood through the drum sander. The article I referenced above says that the filter doesn’t become terribly clogged with sawdust after this modification. Time will tell.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"



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#1 posted 08-06-2011 09:55 PM

Hope it works…

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 11:54 PM

looks good, like it would suck a golf ball through a garden hose.

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

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 12:30 PM

Good luck and report back to us.

-- Scott in Texas

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 08-10-2011 03:50 PM

This looks very interesting, I’d like to hear your final judgment of this.

I have a Wok just sitting, & waiting for something like this to happen.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#5 posted 08-10-2011 07:42 PM

Hi Dick, I tore it apart again this morning and removed the copper tubing. I’ll post again after I see if that helps. See my second post on this subject: http://lumberjocks.com/Toolz/blog/24815

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#6 posted 08-10-2011 07:58 PM

I sized up the wok rack at TJMaxx. Awaiting final ruling;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 08-11-2011 04:08 PM

Hi Toolz,
Checkout my posts on my “Dust Collector modification”: I’ve made to my system. The shaker upgrade I did works great. I can go forward & reverse with very little effort now. This could be done on one that’s down low on the floor.

PS: I’ve since removed the deflector baffle that I tried for awhile.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 08-11-2011 07:52 PM

Still haven’t reached final conclusions but the first thing I would do differently is NOT to use shellac as a rust preventive. I plan to remove it and just wax the wok liberally with paste wax and then buff the hell out of it. Why; you ask? I noticed that although the shellacked finish felt smooth to the touch it really seems to attract dust to the wok. Stay tuned…Larry

ps Nice modification Dick!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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