Finally installed a dust collection system #1: dust collection

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Blog entry by Walt posted 03-01-2011 01:50 AM 1441 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally broke down and purchased a dust collector from HF. Figured for a small shop it should be OK. I finished it Yesterday and for the first test I cut a piece of MDF and did not have one bit of dust on the floor. SWEEEET!! Looks like it will be a worth while investment. Pictures to follow in the near future

Going to start on a Blanket Chest for my oldest daughter tomorrow

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 02:13 AM

very awesome i cant wait to check it out .. i need to start getting serious about dust collection.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 02:54 AM

Sorry about the firs picture being sideways but I forgot to rotate it before entering in the web site. The total cost was $189.00 for the dust collector from Harbor Freight minus 20% The hose was purchased at Woodcraft in New Castle Delaware for $21.99 a ten foot section but they also had a 20% reduction on all dust collection equipment. I needed One Blast gate $5.99 (woodcraft) and two 4×4x 2.5 T’s both of these are plugged by 2 inch brass cleanout plugs when not in use. One of the T’s serves a router station and the other serves a scroll saw , Drill press and Chop saw when needed. There is also provisions for smaller power tools to get plugged into the system. Check out my projects and you can see the set up the dust collection ducts are the black 4 in flex pipe in the pictures.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 03:46 AM

Dust collectors are great no matter what size shop or how much cutting one does… at least that’s my thoughts. I remember my mom always telling my dad to clean up the shop. My dad was a Marine – fought in the Pacific Theator in WW2 and I”m sure in his mind putting up with a little saw dust was nothing to compare to the conditions he had to survive at Guadal Canal or Pellilu…. so mom lost that battle.

Me! I bought a little system called the Dust Deputy from Onieda Air. I don’t have it setup properly at this point, so I do get dust on the floor, but it works far butter than nothing at all.

Looking forward to your photos.

-- Harold

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 04:54 AM

Welcome to the club :-)

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 07:28 AM

looking forward to the photoshoot!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 03:51 PM

I entered pictures last night and for some reason they are not listed in my projects anymore. I will try to post them here

I had one comment from stumby nubs he was concerned about the loss of suction with flex. tubes. All I can say is that when the system is on I can pick up an 8 foot 2×4 with the end run. When ever I can cut MDF and not have to sweep up I am a happy wood worker.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 04:21 AM

Very nice Walt. I agree, woodworking is more enjoyable when ya don’t have all the cleaning up to do.

-- Pie

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#8 posted 03-06-2011 09:47 PM

Well After 1 week of work in my shop I had one small pile of wood shavings from my planing activity that did not even fill a standard dust pan 1/4 of the way. This is much better than the weekly 15 Gal trash container that was place at the curb. Charlie Lenz sent me some very encouraging comments and suggested I could get better cuts from my contractor’s saw if I installed a Link Belt. Charlie is you read this you were absolutely right. No more vibration, and much cleaner cross cutting.
Over the past week I have just been trying to make dust. I have used a lot of scrap to build small boxes and Have a pine box currently in the making that will either stay in my shop or got the my Grand Daughter for her art supplies.
I will recommend a dust collection system 100% Not only does the shop stay cleaner but I don’t have to wear a respirator for every activity. It is reserved for finished sanding where I am close to the work.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#9 posted 06-29-2011 09:35 PM

Well it is now the 29th of June and I have just about completed the blanket chest. I need to put the final finish on and will start this tomorrow. I will post a picture of the completed chest. It is a simple design that will fit into my daughter’s early American eclectic decore.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#10 posted 04-06-2012 08:24 PM

Sorry to have been so long in returning but since the last entry I have had two rotator cuff surgerys and I am about to undergo Total knee replacemets. It has been very difficult to get anything done in my shop with all the rehab. All projects are now completer and I hope to be back at work in the shop by the end of April
I have posted my last two project and the completed hope chest is one of them.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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