Today I purchased the Vega Pro 50 fence system. I had some Amazon Points saved up and decided this was the first major upgrade I wanted to do in regards to the workshop. I did a lot of research and reading on different fence options. This fit the budget and did not require much tweaking for install. I was looking at the VSC fence and making the rails but I just didn’t want to fuss with all that. I am more focused on building a safe and functional table saw workstation with ample capacit...
I have been getting quite a few requests to do an updated shop tour and talk a little about my shop layout and organization and dust collection. You can watch the shop tour here at https://youtu.be/WCNtkvqByeI
Was cleaning out the saw and was impressed with how much dust accumulated even with a 4” line. The dust collector was not clogged but the saw dust simply doesn’t self cascade into the vac hole. So I had a thought that since the saw cabinet was filling anyway (and it holds a lot of dust), that perhaps I was wasting time/energy cycling the DC for every little saw cut. So I now don’t bother turning on the DC for the saw until I’m doing a cleanout. Discuss! M
A good dust extraction in a woodshop is not only important for cleanliness, it is also about your health. For me this is very important and I have figured out a somewhat extraordinary but very efficient solution. Have fun!
After using my first Dust Cyclone cart for a few months I’ve identified some flaws with my original design http://lumberjocks.com/MikeMcK/blog/77906. First, it’s was just too big. Secondly, the rear wheels are fixed and I have to drag it across the floor most times. After much consideration, I’ve come up with this new design which has a much smaller footprint and a smaller stronger 5HP shopvac although I doubt this new Ridgid pro model has more suction than my 20 y/o Craftsm...
Going on with a few more additions for collecting that nasty dust, is this nice clear acrylic lathe dust collection hood from PennStInd, that I upgraded my old cardboard box “alligator”.... you can find it here: https://www.pennstateind.com/store/DLHOODC2.html. It’s actually still “on-sale” for 20 bux…. Well worth it in my book. It works super well for turning pens, small spindles/handles, & things like that. You wouldn’t be able to use it whi...
The saga of dust collection continues.Here is a pic of my HF dc before: And here is the same HF dc today: Because I’ve noticed some reactions to that nasty stuff called dust, I’ve been trying to do what I can to help myself and my lungs live a while longer. Being retired, and on a fixed income, I’m doing it on my once a month payday.. Trying to get the best bang for my buck I guess. Anyhoo, here are a few more pics of piping my shop w/4” pvc. Questions, suggestio...
As we all seem to be using a wider variety of different wood types, I have been searching for information regarding potential problems resulting from exposure to unfamiliar wood. During my search, I found a fairly extensive list of cautions related to different Wood Species on The Wood Database site at . . .http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/ Dust collection adds to the cost of a properly equipped workshop, but this information should help to determine w...
I have had my Dust Collection (DC) system in use for about 6 months, but have never taken the time to add a floor sweep. Although I have shop built plywood dust chutes for my jointer and table saw, neither machine was built with Dust Collection as an integral part of the machine design. My DIY dust chutes work well, but I still get a small amount dust and chips on the floor from each machine. My surface planer does facilitate dust collection, however I still get a small amount of dust and ...
Daves Workshop #3: Using a cheap Harbor Freight riveter for awesome dust collection ductwork joints.
If you, like me have been putting your dust collection system together with screws, STOP IT, those screws stick into the duct work and can snag stringy stuff and clog things up for you. Not a good thing. In this video I show you a great, serviceable alternative to screws. View on YouTube
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