I was lucky enough to get the popular Harbor Freight 2 HP dust collector for Christmas. People have modified that thing in every way imaginable, so I found plenty of inspiration out there when planning what to do with mine. I decided to keep it fairly simple: a Thien baffle inside the dust collector’s separator ring, to hopefully keep the dust in the bag and not in the filter. A lot of people have done this mod, but most of them don’t post pictures because it is so simple. So I fi...
I modified my Harbor Freight dust collector. I run it through a dust separator first which works like a charm, and then the fines end up in the black can. I was tired of struggling with the bags so I added the black plastic can, i went overboard on the lever latches.
Yes, this is ANOTHER Thien Top Hat Pre-Seperator B(uild) log, or blog if you will!!! I have the in/famous HF 2HP DC, which has been “Hot Rodded”, but that will be another blog entry. My build was inspired by Pitbull over on In The Workshop with Charles Neil. While that build inspired me, I took many liberties and ultimately came up with my own design. (FYI: I’m using a 30 gallon galvanized trash can as my collection bin.) While researching the build, I stumpled upon th...
Make a Dewalt 733 planer dust hood for less then 5 bucks This is my first blog so I hope I get it right. I bought a used 733 a few months ago that did not come with a dust collection hood. After getting it home I had to try it out, ran a pine board through it and blew chips and dust 5 foot . Well being frugal as I am, no make that cheap I decided to try and make something to get me by until I could find a factory hood. This is what I came up with, I have been using it for a few month...
Some time ago, I was working in the shop completely oblivious to what Mimi was doing. After a few hours, I emerged from the basement to see “that look”. What!- I said. To which she replied- “look at all this dust, I just finished cleaning!” Well, I was lucky enough to get a great score on a Delta dust collection system, off of Craig’s List, and that has helped with the stationary power tools. Sanding dust, however, has been more elusive. Looking over the Grizzly ...
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...
GaryK posted a blog about trying to get his dust collector modified with a canister filter. I was thinking about doing the same, and after his post I checked into the requirements. This is my existing setup. It is a Grizzly dust collector with a 2 HP motor. The metal ring in the middle measured 19” across. I called Grizzly and they have an item called an additional cannister. Not sure if that means you can stack one on top of another or what. But I asked and they said that i...
I guess this would be more an electrical project than a woodworking project, but I thought I would post here as some might want to make something similar. I wanted a remote switch for my Harbor Freight dust collector. I looked at the ones in woodworking catalogs; however, I was concerned about their reliability, as may people have said they die after a year. Falling asleep one night, I came up with a way to easily make one. In short, I used a $10 wireless remote switch to run a contac...
My old shop was small and I used 4” PVC. PVC is ok but it has its disadvantages. My concerns for using it in this project were its weight, and the static electricity that builds up in it especially around my sanders. On the other hand the furnace pipe has its disadvantages as well. I found that after installing it, the larger 6” pipe flexes a little when some of the blast gates are closed. The amount of vacuum that this machine creates is massive but I don’t believe it will ...
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...
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