I have declared war on dust in the shop. My shop is in the basement/garage and I have been spending more and more time there. Recently I was planing/jointing around 100’ of rough cut cherry for a project which produced a lot of sawdust from all the power tools used. As a hybrid woodworker, I like to get my wood from the mill and prep it myself, saving money. Once I get the stock flat and square and within 1/8” or less then I switch to hand tools. I purchased a Delta 50-76...
Today was more of an experiment than anything but I’m satisfied with how it turned out. I was tired of sawdust going everywhere in my garage when I used my miter saw, so decided to try build a shroud out of some scraps and some vinyl sheeting so the dust collector could be more effective. I have a shop vac under the miter saw that collects the dust from the saws port which doesn’t collect much at all. Eventually I’ll build a more permanent cabinet with a downdraft table unde...
Addendum: I have had my Powermatic for two years now and have planed hundreds of boards it is still working flawlessly. I have not as yet rotated the cutters. My only objection is the loud clunk it makes at the start. I wish they would have added a soft start to the motor. Yes, this is an expensive tool, but if you are going to work in your shop several days a week, like I do, it is a joy to use and makes woodworking much more fun. After 30 years of using my trusty Makita 400mm ...
This is my first video. I just wanted to show Steve the opening in the bottom of the doors on to the router to help collect dust. I do have ear protection but, my camera man whom is my fiance’s son was wearing them, otherwise I would have had them on. I haven’t got this posting video’s down yet, so I don’t know how to post it so that it shows up to watch on lumberjocks instead of just the link. Please feel free to comment. I always welcome constructive criticism. So ...
Well with all the talk about dust collection going on I got the itch to measure my system again. I didn’t have my new hood for the chop saw built so that wasn’t measured and I’d like to know how it fairs. Also, last time I measured everything I had trouble reading Velocity Pressure, that reading was bouncing around so I averaged the low and high. I think that was in part due to where I placed the Pitot Tube, it was probably encountering too much air turbulence. So this time ...
I recently purchased a Shop Fox 1.5 hp Dust Collector. It claims to only draw 15 amps, but directly hooked up to a 15 amp outlet, it trips. The nearest 20 amp outlet is 15 feet away and with a 15 foot extension cord (12 guage), it still trips. However it does work directly hooked up to the 20 amp, but it is then too far away from the tablesaw, planer and other tools. Installing 220 volt isn’t an option. Any suggestions?
I know this topic has been hashed and rehashed to death but I want to chronicle my progress in my journey to improve my dust collection system. I was using this lid separator with really good results. I collected 100% of all chips and quite a bit of fine dust as well. The main problem is the efficiency diminished greatly once the can accumulated even a small amount of debris. So, I thought I would try the Thien Separator. I did not want to invest a lot of time building the type seen in...
1st, let me thank StumpyNubs for giving me this idea to post this info on dust collection. His is posted here: http://lumberjocks.com/StumpyNubs/blog/28903 2ndly, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. He is genious things he does…. Anyway, I’m not, what someone might call a cheapskate by any sorts, but, like I’ve said before, my wallet is not overflowing with cash and/or plastic. That said, here is a few idea’s that I use in my shop for dust collec...
I’ve recently gotten religion on Dust Collection – both my stationary and portable ‘systems’. Articles within Lumberjocks and Fine Woodworking finally penetrated my thick skull – for me, woodworking was more about the cutting and shaping, not the start-to-finish process. Having said this, I have an older ‘Fein’ shop vac – the basket type; though, this is not the essential point. Thinking about the shop vac as a system never occurred to me, pr...
I’ve recently been in the market for a new dust collector. I really care about filtration, but do I really need a shop fox or grizzly portable cyclone, or should I go for a cheaper single stage model. I am just a hobbyist with a small shop in a two car garage. Any recommendations?
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