Up until now I have been using my Harbor Freight DC a 31 gallon garbage can with the separator lid from Wood craft. It worked, but not like I had hoped. I recently purchased the Wynn Environmental filter 35A and started to build a Thein separator lid using 4” hoses. I emptied the contents of the can and DC collection bag on the floor for comparison and then proceeded to install the Wynn filter and Thien separator. I was truly impressed with the overall improvement in performance, th...
Well, since my first posting, I have remained fairly busy with both the shop – and other activities. On the shop front, I have reworked my layout plan (design), and have basically figured out where most of the goodies will go, at least initially. Having said that, I know have to do the thing that is tough for me, and many of us. I have to get rid of some things. Here we go. As you can see from my earlier post, there is a massive workbench (previous owners wife used it to make stained...
I know that many people have modified the HF-DC but I just wanted to put my spin out there. I have been doing a lot of research on the many different styles of updates/modifications that have been done and holy cow there are a lot. But, most of them rely on the Thien principle that seems to be pretty simple. On the Thien blog there is a guy that tests and records many different modifications with different setups. I am going to set-out to make my entire system buying the least amount as p...
I am just posting my journey for my upgrades to the Harbor Freight Dust collector I got. I have been using it stock except for the wynn filter cartridge and have been happy with it so far, however I have been getting some leaks and will smell the wood dust coming from the collector after cutting items. So I figured if I am going to seal the leaks, I better just build a whole new cart and add a Thien Separator. The first post here is detailing the Thien Separator. I went over to his we...
Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org Did He Just Say He Went to Harbor Freight?!? I know … I know what you’re all thinking: “You get what you pay for.” – Actually I was thinking, “What a cheapskate.” The old HF – great now he thinks he’s one of the kids using acronyms – gets a lot of excrement for low-quality products. I’m definitely not being a commercial here, but if you look at their consumable good...
This past year I have occupied my shop time in efforts to organize the shop and spent the time to build several shop tools and accessories. Having a garage shop that is primarily used for parking cars; it has been a constant challenge to optimize the space as a part time woodworking shop. This year I removed everything from the garage to thoroughly clean and re-organize the shop. I painted the walls and added 8 banks of overhead fluorescent lights to brighten up the space. Free up Spac...
The Harbor Freight Experiment Series #1: Setting ground rules to contain my impulsiveness and inner cheapskate
As I was cleaning and (re)organizing my cramped basement tool storage, I realized that I’ve acquired over the years a large number of Harbor Freight tools and disposable items. Most of my early purchases were made as impulse buys (after all it’s only a few bucks!) or because my inner cheapskate convinced me (against reason) that I didn’t need to spend any extra money for a brand name. Seeing the stockpile made me realize that I have certainly wised up in ways of figuring o...
I bought the harbor freight mobile base. I do a video review here. Please comment and give your suggestions and thoughts. Thanks. Chris “Harbor Freight Mobile Base” http://youtu.be/q0tJ1RoJ9Tw
For my castle bookcase project, I needed to make a series of 1” holes in a long strip of 1/4” plywood. I figured the easiest way was to use the drill press. To do so efficiently, though, required a fence and table. I’ve been meaning to make one of these for a while, so I figured, now’s the time! It’s very simple. Just a square of 1/2” ply with a little 2” square on the upper left corner to fit on the side of the drill press support pole. The...
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...
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