Last week I tried out the new planer and the DeWalt 735’s chip blower pressurized my DC piping and made quite a mess. On to the next step in rearranging my shop. I have a miter saw on a flat table in the middle of my workshop. It isn’t a very good location. So I’m building a miter saw table with a lowered section to mount the saw. This way I can make a 4’ fence in each direction. I bought some 1×4 pine. I ripped it to width. I am running it through the jointer....
The planer is all set up. I ran some 1×4 pine through it. Worked very well. Nice and smooth. Some snipe on a few boards. I will adjust the outfeed table tomorrow. I am too tired to do it tonight. My dust collection system is under powered. It works but chips collect in any low spots and corners. The 735 has a blower to help eject chips. I hooked it up to my dust collector. It pressurized my piping system and blew chips out of my jointer, router and miter saw. My dust collection system...
Two of the biggest sawdust creators in the shop – tablesaw and router. I have dust collection of a sorts for both of them, but it is primitive. I have a small length of 2 1/2” hose that moves from one tool to the other and no autoswitch. So, first I move the hose connection, then I turn on the vacuum, then I can run the tool. The only filtering is is that inside the shopvac and those suckers are $14 each! I need a better solution. I have been reading about vortex dust separator...
Sorry for not posting sooner, but the project was completed back in February and life got busy… Suffice to say, I haven’t had much time for testing the air cleaner’s capabilities, but I did check out the airflow and the speeds are right where they need to be. I hope that this proves to be a useful tool for keeping the air clean when I mill wood. Here are some pics showing some of the components of the system. The first pic is of a simple pan box that will have a 10R...
I live in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington, DC. I built this Thien Dust Separator to go with a Harbor Freight Dust Collector. I recently replaced this separator with one from Oneida last month. This Thien separator worked fine but it was difficult for me to empty the dust in the shop set-up I have so I replaced it. As I mentioned, it works fine and is in good shape There is about $30 of hardware and $20 for the 30 gal trash container. Anyone wanting to give this...
Drill Press Station – Table/Lift/Fence/Vise/Drum Sander My drill press is a small inexpensive bench top type, and until I get a good floor type one I am trying to get the best out of it. One of the first things I did was to change its old pole with a stainless steel one. Why stainless steel? Well it was the only piece I could find that matched the diameter and you can slide up and down smoother. So the pole got a lift-up of about a foot taller. One of those ikea wire sh...
How to convert your Performax drum sanders 2 ½ inch dust port to a 4 inch for less then 5 bucks I have the older model 16 – 32 Performax drum sander like this one and at times it is a pain in the you know what with the belt always needing consent adjustment and keeping the machines drum head level. I really love the machine and what can be done with it.But it kicks up a lot of fine dust, my dust collector system works pretty well but as we all know it is next to impossible to ...
The picture below is of the after stage thein I mentioned in the first part of this blog along with an addition. If I have a bucket of water in the shop, along with my walls eventually getting coated with dust from it seeping out of my poor filter bag on my dust collector the water get filled with dust and it sinks to the bottom. after a few days of heavy wood cutting a 1/4” layer of dust is at the bottom. Yes I know, I need to do something about this. Part of it is my mediocre dust ...
Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Since I’m involved in whole house renovations at the moment I won’t get to building it for awhile but maybe someone might and find it doesn’t work and put me out of my misery in thinking about it. I have one of those 1 1/2 hp delta dust collectors. One side is the motor and impeller. The other side is the round metal hoop with a bag on the bottom for the chips and a bag on the top for air expulsion and dust. I took...
One of the most important safety upgrades you can make for your shop is good quality dust collection. If you run a bunch of power tools, it’s hard to argue with the effectiveness of a ducted cyclone system. When I first moved into the new shop, the folks from Clear Vue came down to help me install a new CV1800 cyclone. This 5HP powerhouse features a Leeson motor and a dual stack of Wynn filters. Because Clear Vue cyclones require some assembly, I thought it would be interesting to...
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