Today I worked on my 10 existing 6” blast gates. They originally had an opening the same diameter of S&W green PVC drain pipe which I affixed to the wood via construction glue. It did not pan out too well. I needed them to be 1/8” or little more of an opening to receive 6” HVAC duct. So had to disassemble all 10 gates and route the opening larger. Helpful hint for anyone working on HVAC latch duct: sure, you can use the hand cutters and pay for it in blood droplets ...
With the updated system, I needed 6” blast gates for my shop. I was not very happy with the metals ones and the price of them. So, like others, I decided to make my own. For the gates, I would need to have one side be able to mate to the SDR35 6” wyes that I was using so this required a securely fitting the 6” pipe. In addition, I needed to be able to make accurate slide parts and various inlet parts. To do this, I made several templates which were sized to produce ...
My workshop is a small garage with a low ceiling.I waste a lot of time unplug & plugging-in my dust extractor. My main tools are:- DeWalt DW745 table saw- Bosch GCM12GDL mitre saw- Festool TS55 track saw- Mirka CEROS 650CV 150mm orbit sander I wanted to make a simple/cheap device to transfer suction to each tool in turn, I came up the the following which I could fix to my garage ceiling: Next a quick sketch in my notebook: I had some white showerboard which I thought would be...
Sometimes motivation behind building something as opposed to buying has to do with availability. Sometimes it has to do with cost. Sometimes it has to do with quality. In this case it has to do with all three. I set out to build blast gates with scrap material I had laying around. Mainly I did this because I didn’t want to have to order blast gates and deal with the shipping, and the cheap ones seemed a little….flimsy? There are high quality ones out there, but why pay for th...
http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz/blastgate.php While this a full PVC blast gate it can be made in the average woodworkers woodshop with ease. But because of this I have simply made a blog post and not a project post etc In the video I am making a PVC blast gate for my home dust extractor system. You can treat PVC like wood, and can cut it on the Table saw, mitre saw, band saw, use the sanding wheels etc. On the thicker pipe we use jigsaws However on the table saw and mitre saw cut slowly...
Blast gate for shop vac50mm hose size. Back to wood…And dust.And more. Just had a three weeks influenza, could hardly breathe, so I thought it was time to kill the dust in my shop.Since I moved to this shop I always just moved the hose from one tool to the other, this also means sometimes not doing it, since I am really a human, or in other words; make mistakes and are sometimes more lazy than rational.But to set up my dust system again I needed some blast gates, since my number o...
As part of setting up my wood shop, I decided adding a dust collection system was high on my priority list. I did a fair amount of research (somewhere between due diligence and mild obsessiveness) and did my best to make the decisions that fit my needs. I decided to post some information here since I got a lot of good data and advice from others here (and other sites). Sorry if this gets a bit long. Please note that I recognize there are many opinions on the “right” way to ...
I filmed the build on my YouTube Channel. Please check it out! Please like, share, and if you enjoyed the video subscribe! http://youtu.be/ACLFMAfV1fk I recently added a Clearvue Cyclone dust collector to my shop. I plumbed it completely with 6” and 4” PVC piping. I needed a way to close off each branch to maximize the performance of the dust collector. Commercially available plastic blast gates are way to cheap and clog easily. The metal blast gates that solve this issue are p...
Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional #11: Connecting, hanging, and shrinkng dust collection pvc
My method for making pipe hangers, connecting dust collection pipe for air tightness without tape, and shrinking pvc to hug blast gate flanges for small shop owners This is only my method of doing this. There are many good ways and your mileage may vary. I just thought I’d share it in case someone can used it. Thanks for watching. If the video doesn’t show below then you can see it here
This past year I have occupied my shop time in efforts to organize the shop and spent the time to build several shop tools and accessories. Having a garage shop that is primarily used for parking cars; it has been a constant challenge to optimize the space as a part time woodworking shop. This year I removed everything from the garage to thoroughly clean and re-organize the shop. I painted the walls and added 8 banks of overhead fluorescent lights to brighten up the space. Free up Spac...
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