shop jigs/furniture/fixtures #5: dust collection for my shop

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 04-05-2014 05:39 AM 4569 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I ordered, some time back, a kit from R, and some flexible hose from WC for a 2.5” system

since mine is powered by a shop vac

with a dust deputy and a grease barrel filtering out the stuff the shopvac doesnt like

Lets start with my Table Saw, since its where the system is centered.

The panel I made and mentioned in last blog entry fell off and was always a temporary thing anyway.

so i made one out of 3/8 recycled plywood, drilled and installed with screws ( another temporary fix till i get my hands on some rare-earth magnets.)
Did notice that i need to cut a bit more recess at the top above the belt, will fix later as a rarely raise it high enough to matter. will have to take off when i do any angle cuts, but i rarely do that at the moment either.
I got some foam shoved into all the crevices under the top and around the front of the saw. Its as sealed as i can get it.

I got around to making a setup to connect to the ramp and compartment under the saw

made a bracket that screws to the back that holds everything rigid
one 2”->2.5” rubber plumbing fitting ( by the way that size is perfect to conect to the dust deputy) connected to blast gate connected to T from kit, flexible hose from T to Dust deputy and to the hose i drag around shop to suck up everything.

the pipe fits perfectly in the little space left when attempting to connect walls with the addon.

upper portion runs across to what i think will be a ,what i think is called a floor sweep?, and a connection for a small 1.5” hose connection

but it is currently under construction due to running out of pipe and fittings. ( all the PVC pipe was from house i dismantled had a couple street 90s sitting around.

my todo list..( part of it anyway!)

btw none of the fittings are glued or connected other than by friction, except for the T at the DD, it was already there, i just made use of it for that connection.

more to come at a later date

a panoramic view of the shop is over HERE! showing off a few projects i hope to get posted at some point.

until next time

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 06:27 PM

I like it, a set up like this could work for my shop vac. How does it perform? I was always concerned about the shop vac not having enough suction for running pvc. I’m interested to hear how yours works.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 04-09-2014 01:36 PM

I haven’t noticed any drop in strength from the vac thus far. Though yesterday while cleaning the shop i opened the blast gate on the saw and i ended up with a clog. I havent gotten around to seeing exactly what happened, plan to today. The blast gate wont completely close so it seems that is where the problem lies, I will pull it out and get some closer pics while i take it all apart.

I wasn’t sure if this system would work, but so far so good. Glad i left all fittings friction fit though, as it makes it easy to find a clog.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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