As I continue to make more projects out of wood, I find that I rely on my bandsaw for more and more of them. The bandsaw is great for cutting curves, resawing wood and for cutting blanks for woodturning. The bandsaw is very versitile and comes in useful for many projects but it does have one major drawback, SAWDUST! The bandsaw makes LOTS of sawdust. Not only does it make a lot of dust, it throws it around too! A majority of the dust settles in the lower wheel housing and stays there. ...
I use a shop vac as my dust collection system with a dust separator I built. I came up with this design to block off the opening in the back to keep the dust from flying out. While the shop vac doesn’t catch all the chips, it does keep the fine dust from flying around in the air. The first picture shows it all together. The second shows it in pieces. The third shows the hardest piece to get right. I cut notches out to go around the splitter and motor mount and added some ...
Cyclone – The cyclone itself wasn’t too tough to assemble. I do have to admit I would not have minded if the unit had a little less of the erector set feel to it. Everything was well made and solid. All the parts were there. The direction are good, and available online if you really want more detail. I didn’t take step by step photos as they are already included in the directions. I contacted ClearVue a couple of time during the build and the they were great to work wi...
Since I started woodworking about 2 years ago I’ve been using a Powermatic canister dust collector along with a overhead air filtration unit for dust control in my basement shop. It did a nice job of chip collection. But, after a while I noticed there was always a layer a fine dust all over the shop. After a while I did some searching and found Bill Pentz’s site on dust control, and decided I should try to upgrade the filter cartridge on my DC, so I bought a Nano filter from ...
Last winter Steve (kizerpea) posted this home built canister filter. It caught my attention because I had a large DC system in my Canadian shop that employed a bag filter. Having just done a canister conversion on my HF DC in AZ (how’s that for acronyms), I was all ears especially the part about using truck filters. .... FREE truck filters. It has taken me a while to get around to it but today I was at the point where that &%^$#&^# dust bag needed to be cleaned. I HATE clean...
Hylophobia is the fear of trees, wood, and wooden objects. So I’ve spent the last while researching dust collection for my workshop, mostly because I don’t want to have to sweep every few minutes. Man, did I open a can of worms!!! I started looking at the dust deputy, but was concerned that it wouldn’t power a stationary system like I want to install. The big Jet or Delta blowers and bags are expensive and take up too much room. Because I’m an engineer, I like to...
I’ve been building a disc sander that is powered by my lathe it’s constructed with plywood, and consists of four pieces that have to be put together in sequence to form the disc sander. the first piece has a key that slips in the tool slot on the bed rail of my lathe it forms one of the chambers of the dust collection, it also recieves the dust colection shroud (or would that be called a cowling?) the first piece slides up tight to the power head on my lathe. The se...
I have declared war on dust in the shop. My shop is in the basement/garage and I have been spending more and more time there. Recently I was planing/jointing around 100’ of rough cut cherry for a project which produced a lot of sawdust from all the power tools used. As a hybrid woodworker, I like to get my wood from the mill and prep it myself, saving money. Once I get the stock flat and square and within 1/8” or less then I switch to hand tools. I purchased a Delta 50-76...
Today was more of an experiment than anything but I’m satisfied with how it turned out. I was tired of sawdust going everywhere in my garage when I used my miter saw, so decided to try build a shroud out of some scraps and some vinyl sheeting so the dust collector could be more effective. I have a shop vac under the miter saw that collects the dust from the saws port which doesn’t collect much at all. Eventually I’ll build a more permanent cabinet with a downdraft table unde...
Addendum: I have had my Powermatic for two years now and have planed hundreds of boards it is still working flawlessly. I have not as yet rotated the cutters. My only objection is the loud clunk it makes at the start. I wish they would have added a soft start to the motor. Yes, this is an expensive tool, but if you are going to work in your shop several days a week, like I do, it is a joy to use and makes woodworking much more fun. After 30 years of using my trusty Makita 400mm ...
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