Here is the schematic for my Automatic Dust Collector Switch. The schematic is copyrighted and I reserve all rights to its content. You are free to use the information for personal use, however, commercial use, copying and/or distribution is prohibited. If you would like a copy in printable pdf format and instructions on how to modify the X10 module click here WARNINGUser accepts all risk and responsibility for use of this design concept. It is highly recommended that you hire a qualifi...
Back by popular demand. Please note the following disclaimer: This is a prototype design. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate a system that began in my head and materialized in my wood shop as a test platform. The system works as conceived but in no way represents proper wiring techniques or local code compliance. The system is in no way meant to be duplicated. Please consult a qualified electrician before attempting to install any electrical device in your home. Original Post...
I recently joined the ranks of woodworkers that use a dust collector. In my case I purchased a 2 HP mobile cyclone unit from Laguna Tools. The following two videos show my experience purchasing, setting up, and using the dust collector. Although I’ll be keeping the dust collector for reasons explained in the video, in the end I wish that I had bought a competing product from another company. In this second part of my review I wrap up some of the frustrations that I’ve expe...
Here it is a month later, and this little fixture is proving to be a better idea all of the time. I used it in conjunction with my drill press on a bunch of projects, and couldn’t be happier. I can capture about 95% of the waste from my brad point bits, which keeps the work surface a lot cleaner, and virtually eliminates the mess on the cabinet the drill press is mounted on (I have a benchtop drill press mounted to a rolling cabinet). Big Forstner bits still throw off some shaving...
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...
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