A tip I submitted for improving the operation of metal dust gates was published in Popular Woodworking a year or so ago. They have given me permission to post this tip for the benefit of those who might not have seen it before. This tip allows you to avoid having to use two hands to position and secure a standard metal dust gate. The concept is to hold the gate in any desired position with rare earth magnets rather than with the small screw included with the gate. There are two ways t...
I was watching a YouTube video of a guy in Downtown Disney turning a baseball bat, and noticed he had a pretty simple and cool dust collection setup that’s easy to make, simple to use, and low-profile. Check it out. I’d embed the video, but I’m not sure how to cue it up to exactly the right location as I can with a link.
Well I used to have a 3hp dual bag single stage dust collector, but it really did’t have the suction I wanted because the filters would clog so fast and add so much resistance to the air it was trying to push. Also is was loud! Now I purchased a dust deputy cyclone from Oneida the one meant for 2 – 3hp single stage collectors. I took apart my single stage and mounted just the motor and fan outside my house piped it to my cyclone and piped then piped it to all the machines. ...
It’s taken just about forever, but I just used my tablesaw indoors, and my 1hp Harbor Freight mini and a Loxes bucket cyclone kept the air FREE of floaties. I’m sure they’re still there somewhere, and I know the thing needs a good bit of snigging up, but I’m just so glad I can now actually work on stuff while not outside. It really did seem like I was cursed for a while. There are more adapter on that thing than I can count. It’s like there was no way to just...
I recently purchased a Dust Deputy to add to my shop vac so I wouldn’t have to spend as much time emptying and cleaning the filter on my vacuum, I’m very happy with it and was considering purchasing another for my father’s workshop when I started wondering whether I could build something cheaper. The Thien Cyclone Separator Lid was just about what I wanted but I couldn’t help imagine I could make something even cheaper and simpler (willing to sacrifice a little effic...
I purchased the hood shown in the link below. http://www.pennstateind.com/store/R-TDHOOD.html And I want to install it on my Ridgid TA3650 saw. Now comes the good part!!! I had a plan to build a unit that incorporates the hood. The unit is 3/4” plywood (2’x4 1/2’ approx.) that bolts between the saw and the stand, you screw the dust hood to the plywood. The plan shows a drawer and shelf using the plywood “overhang” to the left of the saw and a shelf on t...
I got an exciting shipment in today – a canister filter for my Delta AP400 Shopmaster 1HP dust collector! Suction has been declining a lot these last months. The bag has been getting dirty but I just hate spending an hour blowing dust out of the thing. I’m always in a rush, stealing time wherever I can to work on something. It’s also a really filthy task. Some people have backyard decks as big as my entire back yard, and I end up getting dust all over my house, garage...
Dust Collectors in a Small Workshop If you are thinking about adding dust collection into your workshop, it’s always good to do a little planning in the beginning. If your shop is small, this is essential. Smaller spaces generally mean that you have to fight for space, or come up with some ingenious space saving idea. In can get old trying to squeeze every last square inch out of a work space without it being cluttered. My shop is fairly small since I had to downsize a bit to add room ...
The most common topic request for Safety Week was dust and respirators. So here’s a quick review of the dust and fumes that can make our lives miserable in the shop, and why we need respirators for pro-active protection. And below you will find a links to the exact respirator setup I like to use: the 3m 7500 Series. Some convenient links if you are looking to purchase this respirator system: Small, Medium, Large. And don’t forget the organic vapor cartridges%, the upgrade...
This past Christmas, Santa brought me a Shark Guard. I used it to complete Nathan's crib, but knew I’d need to get it properly mounted before the next project. So I bought a 6’ length of 1” square tube steel, a metal cutting blade for the jigsaw, and a bag ‘o 5/16 nuts, washers and bolts. I would have much preferred to weld it together, but since I don’t own the equipment or know anyone who does, that just wasn’t going to happen. The overarm design is a...
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