When I first got into woodworking, I had just purchased my first house and bought a used fish tank I wanted to refinish. As I was working on it, I bought one tool, which turned into 2 tools, which turned into 3, and so on and so on. Eventually I was doing more in my garage and although it was cramped and not the best place to work, I continued to continue with my expensive addiction. Then I started to think what i could do to make things work a little better in there. Workflow, cleanup,...
Lately, I had not been very satisfied with the dust collection on my 12” Porter Cable miter saw, and had found a number of people commenting on how great dust collection is on their Festool Kapex. I cannot afford that saw, so I looked it up and found a parts diagram that included a shoe (in my words), or in their words and “apron”, part #4731316 that is used to control dust on the Kapex. After studying the diagram for a while I decided to ordered it from Festool and give it ...
Upgrading from my Rigid lunchbox planer and 6” rockwell jointer to the beefier Jet 15” planer and Geetech 8” jointer… it came to me that I best beef up my dust collection system. I had existing 6” HVAC ducting as a temporary solution. But I really needed to finalize it (or at least, make it semi-final with the option of future stuff).Here is my Wynn filters ontop of my Grizzly 3HP DC feeding from my Thein Baffle. For now, this is their homes. Eventually, will...
After much research and hours of Youtube videos my dust collector rebuild is complete. It consist of a 2hp Woodworks Warehouse dust collector connected to a Oneida Dust Deputy exhausting into a new (from eBay) $129 Donaldson P511332-016-002 UAS ULTRA-WEB Cartridge with 320ft of filter area and a Merv 15 rating. I had looked at Wynn filters but this has 20 add’l sq/ft of filter and was $35 cheaper and came with free shipping. I don’t have any calculations but the suction has inc...
My shop vac has been there for me for years and have had no problems with it. Been reading about importance of dust collection and since I never even cleaned the filter once in 8 yrs thought I would give him a break and my lungs too. The wife came in the WoodShop/laundry room and caught me in a snow globe type situation and insisted (I use that term loosely) that I do something. Besides, her clothes had a nice layer of sawdust on them. I don’t recommend that. Decided to head to HD an...
EDIT: It looks like wide images don’t fit well into the format here. Any tips on the recommended max image width to use and that sort of thing? 25% of the right side of most of my images seem to be chopped off, which I can fix by shrinking the images, but I feel like they would get pretty small in that case! Hello everyone. This is my first time posting something on here, after many years of lurking silently and absorbing a ton of knowledge from the good people on here. I figured tha...
Lets take a minute to review our original design goals: 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 independently turn on the DC. Provide the ability to keep the DC on for a variable amount of time after the tool turns off. Provide the ability...
After many years of using a single stage then upgrading to a 2-stage trash can collector. I’ve finally upgraded to a Dust Deputy cyclone. My original DC filled the air with dust every time I turned it on and it wasn’t very air tight. My dust collector is a 2HP Woodworkers Warehouse Reliant NN-820. The spec sheet says it’s capable of 1185 CFM’s with 5” ports and the motors heavy, really heavy. My design is based from kdc68’s design: http://lumberjocks.co...
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 ...
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