Okay, so I was blessed with some money for CHRISTmas. I’ve needed to obtain a better dust collection system for quite some time. I am currently using an old 1-1/2” system which is okay but something has to change. There are several options that I am considering. The first consists of a complete 4” system. The second option would be to go with a complete 2-1/2” system. Finally there is the option to use a combination of 4” and 2-1/2” systems. No matter...
I think it’s time for me to get serious about dust collection. I’ve been really lame about it for a long time. That’s not good for me and it’s not good for my basement, so I’m motivated to make some changes. One thing I’m doing is trying to sell my Delta 50-760 dust collector. It’s a fine machine. The only problem is that it is too big for my space. The filter can’t inflate fully because of the low ceiling. Also, it’s got a really large footprint, and is proving difficult to get around. The ...
Vacuum splitter and a ‘dust can’this one is for Dan / Maveric. Yes the dust goes to Dan this blog is dedicated to him and his recovery… Why? Because Dan just had a terrible time and this might have some roots in the dust from the shop! I personally sometimes sneeze and cough when I am done with sanding and I have had my thoughts on this for a while.My Vacuum is a shop vacuum, but just a standard one from Atlas copco and I used simple 50 mm 2 inch plumbing to distribute it s...
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...
I don’t know if this should be a blog or placed in the forums so I’ll just put it here. I first want to thank and credit all the members here on LumberJocks for your great postings, ideas and suggestions that led me to my accomplishments. Here is a list of items I used in this project.HF 2HP dust collector, I picked it up for $149.004” S/D pipe, 1- long 90° elbow, several 45s and wyesvarious fittings purchased from woodcrafter. 3’ 1 1/2” flex tubing purchas...
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...
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