Now on to the inner/upper 5 gallon bucket which will serve as the secondary container between the separator outlet and the vac fan/motor assembly and also form the roof of the separator chamber. It will sit about 3 ½” above the baffle formed in the base of the blue bucket. I cut the hole for the exit tube with the largest hole saw I had which was almost big enough, then some emery cloth wrapped round a fat dowel to open it up to a tight fit around the tube.You can see the bottom is n...
Ok, so I got the top section sorted in Pt.1 now on with the separator chamber itself… -I knew I wanted a rectangular side inlet and had worked out the size and aspect ratio so I proceeded to cut the inlet hole (Forstner bit and chisel) and drop slot (Router) into the outer/lower bucket. The idea here is to make the airstream entering the chamber hug the outside wall to help induce the vortex action which separates material from the air. This effect is increased by making the area close...
Having spent the last couple of months getting the workshop sorted and installing new equipment my next big need is some form of dust collection and/or control. Unfortunately the process has left me flat broke , really :( … So the other day I was pondering a future solution and wondering how I would cope till I could afford one and I decided to just get something together with what I’ve got for now. I already had a Ridgid shopvac and I had read online about the Thien separator c...
After reviewing many a magazine and multiple solutions for dust collection with this beasty, I decided to roll my own based off of BlankMan's / Degoose's designs. the designs both include plenum chambers to spread the suction across a small horizontal opening. Both solutions have the mainline for the DC above the bench, mine of course is below. With this all in mind and since I had pulled the benches off the shop wall, what I decided to do was to build a separate plenum box and integrate it i...
Newest addition to the ongoing project is a new table for my mini lathe. I had issues before with chips/dust collecting under the motor, causing it to get extremely hot. My solution to this was to use the table saw dust collection hood that I had laying around and inset it into the table top. I feel this will adequately stop the dust from collecting, as well as cause a stream of cool air to constantly be passing by the motor, causing it to run much cooler. After I get a chance to test o...
I was asked to post the dust collection for my Radial Arm saw. This is an old craftsman I bought used at least 20 years ago. Its served me well, and still continues to be on of my most used tools. The obvious shortcoming is the lack of dust collection. My thought has always been to build a “prettier” solution, but since time is often lacking in my shop, if it don’t stink…........ I started with a basic pottery barn card board box. A pottery barn box is not a must, a...
Until recently the dust collection system, in my basement shop, consisted of a broom, dust pan and window fan. Then a really good Craig’s List find and some some subtle hints from Mimi (”YOU do the dusting and you’ll see just how bad it is!!”) has upgraded the old way. Although the system isn’t the most powerful- 1 1/2 hp- it has really made a difference; especially when I remember to open the correct blast gate. One thing I discovered is in order to maintain pea...
I’ve been working on putting together a dust collection system for my garage/workshop. I couldnt turn down the great deal on the Harbor Freight 2 HP dust collector and then of course since I saved so much I just had to make up for it by throwing on a Wynn cartridge filter. I was having a hard time deciding on 6”, 5” or 4” duct for the ducting system. The HF dust collector has a 5” Impeller plate opening so going with 6” didnt seem to make sense as the sy...
I wanted to improve my home workshop dust collection, last proyect was a mess, all the house ended up filled with dust, and the rest of the familly unhappy. I was using my home vacuum and that was clearly NOT enough. locally you cannot get any woodworking aspiration system from under USD500, that without a cyclone and a low quality chinese model. I didn’t want to spend so much having other things to buy for the shop, so started the long (and funnier) way of building something cheaper (w...
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