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Progress of setting up the Shop #3: Dust Collection System to date

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Blog entry by Toolz posted 03-03-2008 08:21 PM 3661 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: More photos of tools and shop Part 3 of Progress of setting up the Shop series Part 4: Finally joined the Dust Deputy Posse »

After locating some 4” “green” sewer and drain line; I started to connect the dust collector. By using a series of “y’s”, elbows, and blast gates I was able to make a main branch that will run to the jointer, planer and large sander; a branch to a floor sweep, and a branch to the existing 2” duct line. I still have the second 4” connector on the main DC free for expansion if needed. So far I have just “friction fitted” these connections and they seem to work fine. I had to use two short pieces of flex hose when making the stack connections because I couldn’t find any 22 1/2 degree elbows that fit my drain pipe.

NOTE: I used ball type swivels on the drops from the main branch to allow the drops to be repositioned so that flex hoses from these drops could be connected to more than one machine.


DC, CYCLONE, RISER STACK AND 1st DROP OFF OF MAIN BRANCH

DC CYCLONE RISER STACK AND MAIN BRANCH

CYCLONE & FLOOR SWEEP
CYCLONE & FLOOR SWEEP

RISER STACK FROM CYCLONE
RISER STACK FROM CYCLONE
ANOTHER VIEW OF STACK UP FROM CYCLONE

STACK UP FROM CYCLONE
LINE CONNECTING 4”LINE TO EXISTING 2” LINE

LINE CONNECTING 4" TO 2" LINE

ANOTHER VIEW OF BRANCH CONNECTING 4”TO EXISTING 2” LINE
BRANCH CONNECTING 4" TO EXISTING 2" LINE

FIRST DROP OFF OF MAIN LINE
FIRST DROP OFF OF MAIN LINE

END DROP WITH CLEAN-OUT PLUG
END DROP

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



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GaryK

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#1 posted 03-03-2008 08:30 PM

That’s a lot of pipe.

I used #8×1/2” screws on all the fittings for my system. It just barely pokes through to the inside if at all, but
holds everything together great. No pilot holes are needed.

I have a separator lid like yours but I have not hooked it up yet. I did use it in my old shop that they work
great.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Ageingwood

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#2 posted 03-03-2008 09:58 PM

How about grounding ?

-- Ageingwood - artsplae1@msn.com No time , retired

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Toolz

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#3 posted 03-03-2008 10:20 PM

As far as grounding goes, I did buy about 50’ of bare stranded copper wire to do just that but after reading the excellent article link Patrick Jaromin posted in his blog entry http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/pjaromin/blog/3412 about dust collection myths http://home.comcast.net/~rodec/woodworking/articles/DC_myths.html I decided to forgo inside grounding and will ground the outside of the ducts with a spiral wrap of the bare stranded wire if i seem to be developing a bit of static.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-04-2008 01:15 AM

Thanks for the post. I am considering adding a system to my shop. This gives me some ideas on how to plan the system.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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MarkN

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#5 posted 04-04-2008 04:41 PM

I am in need of something like this but can only aford a 1 hp system, i have a small garage shop any sugestions

-- Mark from Deer Park, Texas

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#6 posted 04-04-2008 04:47 PM

Mine isn’t grounded either. I read the same information the toolz did.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Toolz

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#7 posted 04-04-2008 06:10 PM

MarkN I initially bought a 1HP portable DC system from Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=31810
It is good for the price. I have it hooked up to 2 drill presses, a scrollsaw, 1” belt sander, oscillating sander, and combo belt/disk sander using a system similar to http://www.shopvac.com/detail.asp?id=393
I connect to three blast gates using Loc-Line rigid hoses. Will try to post photos later now that I have added additional lighting to my shop.
Larry

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

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