I’ve been doing a lot of investigation, research, and pondering about my new dust collector, so I figured I’d track my thoughts in the blog to hopefully save people time who are doing the same, and also to show how I ended up setting up and how I got there. I picked up a Jet 1100a dust collector on Craig’s List for $175, with a bucket of blast gates, hose claps, and reducers tossed in to round it out at $200 (and the bucket… never can have too many of those). It is...
First things first: I’m writing about something I did … I’m not saying you should do it. Use your own judgment and common sense! Read your manuals. If something seems dangerous, don’t do it. I’m no expert … not by a long shot, so don’t trust me over what your granddad told you or over what the little voice in your head tells you about keeping track of your digits and limbs. I welcome all supportive advice, feedback, and questions. Recently I bought...
<dustcollectionrant> The amount of time I spend running my two shopvacs (did I say two? yes I did) is getting to be ridiculous. The bandsaw, tablesaw, and router put out a lot of dust and chips (duh). Today I routed a 3/4” groove in 30” long MDF for some T-track and everything to the left of my router table was covered in powder. My cabinet saw, though it spews most of the dust out the back and into a neat little pile under my workbench/outfeed table, makes a lot of it. ...
A few woodworkers, after seeing my Shop Tour Video, asked my about my dust collector modifications, so I made a short follow-up video: Here is the link:Dust Collector Modifications P.S. I have also made several changes to the web site, so please let me know if you run into any problems — brian
I have been planning to get a Dust Deputy for some time. But being a lazy booger I didn’t want a small 5 gal container that I would have to empty more frequently. Easter weekend I scored about a 30 gal plastic barrel with a clamp ring lid while I was visiting in-laws in Windsor, ON. It is perfect, works great and doesn’t need to be emptied as often. The first thing I did to test it was to clean out the bottom bag and attached filter on my main dust collector. Damn this thing works...
In this episode I talk about the shoe rack. Then I talk about dust collection.
I often get questions about my dust collection set up and so I thought that I would share it with everyone. The dust collection in my shop is simple and may even be a bit of a disappointment to see. But the reality is that it works pretty well except for a few shortcomings. Currently I am using a single stage, 2hp, 1500cfm rated dust collector wired for 220v. It is a 110/220v motor, but when wired to 110v it would dim the lights every time I fired it up so 220v is the best option. T...
Okay i’ve been asked to show how my shop vac dust deputy system works so here it is. I have the smaller ridgid shop vac from home depot under my ras inside the cabinet stuffed with insulation enough to dampen the noise but still let the motor cool and exhaust as it should. So fan no problems (-: The hose then goes to the dust deputy on the outside rear to the 5 gallon bucket it comes with, out of the top of the cyclone up towards the saws. I have it hooked into the home depot clea...
For a while now I’ve been more than a little unhappy with my current shop layout and dust collection setup, but have failed to do much about it since I’ve had some projects that had to get done. My current setup had a run feeding the jointer and table saw, but was done completely out of corrugated flex pipe, so I wanted to replace this with more solid pipe and move my planer near my jointer. This would also solve another problem I have with sharing a pipe between my planer and c...
This one’s been in the works for awhile, and by that I mean I’ve pondered it in my head for a few minutes here and there over the last several months. I’ve had the general idea most of that time, but this week I pondered even harder than ever and imagined all of the pieces. I just wanted something simple that could hold one of the two dust hoods I’ve ended up with from Rockler, but I wanted to be able to tilt it forward over the piece, or backward out of the way, an...
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