If anybody has been following my workshop updates, you’ll be familiar with the fact that I barely even have a “workshop” right now; it’s more like a tornado dropped tools, parts of a forest, and piles of sawdust and woodchips in my basement. I can only imagine that this is a freak occurrence, and it just so happened to pick my exact latitude and longitude. Maybe I should contact NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, CO since they’re just a s...
Today I learned an important lesson: The dust collector remote will fit right through the dust collector cleanup nozzle. I just finished routing some dados and was cleaning up, using the “shopvac” nozzle on my dust collector hose to suck up the stray dust around the router table. I heard something solid go in and didn’t think anything of it (I’ve sucked up a stray screw or brad before, it makes a neat tink noise going through the blower) but then when I looked for...
I finally finished the cabinet doors for my client, and at this moment my next job will not begin for another week or two. Thus, it’s time for me to turn my attention to the neglected shop. I mentioned that I had purchased probably the last Clear Vue dust collector from the previous owner, Ed Morgano, back in May. My first order of business – complete the dust collector room. I had already dedicated a place for the collector when I moved in, and roughed in the area. I knew I wa...
The weather has finally turned towards the warm side of the year here in Michigan. For those of us in northern climes, we can finally start using our equipment without wearing winter jackets. I, for one, am very excited. I would be remiss if I didn’t share the greatest part of this excitement – I was fortunate enough to purchase one of the last (if not the very last) Clear Vue dust collectors. I posted a question on the forum concerning dust collectors, and Clay and Steve were ...
Sunday I went to my first auction. My wife spied an article in the local paper about an estate auction being held nearby and part of the estate was a wood working shop! The auctions started at 10:00, and I didn’t get there until nearly 9:45, so I didn’t have as much chance to walk around and scope things out as I would have liked. I got a little electric sharpener (by craftsman) for $10.00. This will be good enough to hollow grind a set of junkie bench chisels, b...
Perhaps the biggest step in getting the shop ready for this new venture was setting up ‘Old Blue’. That’s my little one machine only chip collector, which I hadn’t set up since moving into my shop. Talk about feeling stupid about Not doing something. I guess it was just laziness, but I hadn’t hooked it up and had simply been sweeping up the chips for the little amount of work I had been doing. With the new board sideline that simply wouldn’t do, especial...
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 looking into dust collection units for the shop. I have been using fairly small shop vacs to try and contain some of the sawdust but, obviously, they are not going to work very well for items like the jointer planer I have. I was trying to work out the obstacles to picking up the HF 2HP dust collector, but I was going to have to find a dedicated circuit I could hook the thing up to. 20 amps is quite the draw and there were also the space considerations. Last week, my father in ...
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...
I finally got around to Phase II of my HF DC Mods. Thanks to DBHost for the help!!! I contacted DB about his conversion but I quickly learned that he had the type of barrel that the lid is removable. I got a blue barrel from work but it’s the kind that you have to cut the lid off. :’( So that caused me all sorts of “issues.” The biggest problem was how to cut lid off and keep the top flat. I never solved this problem so I worked around it. (This picture ...
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