In the last post, I described the inputs and outputs to the system but left the main guts for this post. First, lets define a couple features which we should try to build into the black box: The shop vac should turn on when a tool turns on – this is a simple one but its the base functionality to which we build off of. Provide the ability to run small loads off the system without turning on the DC. Provide the ability to connect multiple tools to the system, all which can indepe...
Back in November of 2014 I posted a project showing the system I had made to control my shop-vac for automated dust collection. You can see the project here: After posting, there were several people asking me for the schematics so they can build their own. So instead of only posting the schematics I drew up, I though it would be a good idea to provide a little additional explanation for everyone else that might not have as much experience with electronics. I don’t believe its ...
Today I am talking about woodshop dust collection, and about how I designed and built my cyclone separator and dust collection system using guidance from Bill Pentz (BillPentz.com), piping from Spiral Mfg, and filters from Wynn Environmental. View on YouTube
A long, long time ago we produced four episodes (90 minutes in total) full of useful information about Bill Pentz’ research and what is required for good fine dust collection. And we built a fill size cyclone with TWO blowers out of wood! This is a condensed version (15 minutes) of those original videos, containing just the best info and the project build- minus the fluff. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in improving the air in their shops! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OU...
About fifteen years ago I purchased a Delta Contractor’s Table Saw and after sweeping up mountains of sawdust I decided that it was time to do this a little smarter. I bought a table saw dust bag which I can honestly say has served me well in the past but now that I have retired from the Air Force and don’t have to worry about moving weight anymore I’ve decided to add to my collection. The new additions have included a 1958 Shopsmith and my most recent purchase, a Jet dust...
1st let me apologize for the this small novel… Anyhoo, I decided to do a bit of upgrading to my old router tabletop. I found a few gr8 deals here: (http://www.ustoolandfastener.com/) at a decent cost, imo. While adding the new Woodpeckers top, Kreg Precision Insert Plate (3/8” thick) & optional rings, and, a twin pack of Kreg featherboards, here are some pics after the new additions, which include 2 drawers for storing some of the accessories, bits, etc., and better dust coll...
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...
First off, wow, I can’t believe that I never finished this blog. And, for that, I apologize but I was too excited after I completed it that I never took the time to get back to it. So, here it goes. Unfortunately, since it is all put together, all I have to provide is the minimal pictures that I took during assembly. Nothing about putting it together was very difficult, but ensuring an air-tight seal makes it run all the better. The first aspect of construction is to create the...
Up until now I have been using my Harbor Freight DC a 31 gallon garbage can with the separator lid from Wood craft. It worked, but not like I had hoped. I recently purchased the Wynn Environmental filter 35A and started to build a Thein separator lid using 4” hoses. I emptied the contents of the can and DC collection bag on the floor for comparison and then proceeded to install the Wynn filter and Thien separator. I was truly impressed with the overall improvement in performance, th...
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