Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'harbor freight'

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Dust Collection #1: Modified HF Collector with super dust deputy

11-25-2015 07:43 PM by FFRNDAN | 7 comments »

Hello all, I’ve been a long time lurker, this will be my first post. I bought a HF dust collector a while back, and am working on modding it to meet my wants/needs. I am working out of a 2 car attached garage (read 1.5 car), so dust control is important. I dont want to exhaust outside, because I heat the garage at times in the winter. This garage is also shared with my wife’s car, so floor space is at a premium,like most of us. So, I decided to think up…. Here is where...

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Dust Collector modification #2: Complete

10-21-2015 02:36 AM by MikeMcK | 1 comment »

After much research and hours of Youtube videos my dust collector rebuild is complete. It consist of a 2hp Woodworks Warehouse dust collector connected to a Oneida Dust Deputy exhausting into a new (from eBay) $129 Donaldson P511332-016-002 UAS ULTRA-WEB Cartridge with 320ft of filter area and a Merv 15 rating. I had looked at Wynn filters but this has 20 add’l sq/ft of filter and was $35 cheaper and came with free shipping. I don’t have any calculations but the suction has inc...

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Upgrade your Harbor Freight bar clamps with these easy enhancements

09-21-2015 01:36 AM by Marty Backe | 5 comments »

I was never a fan of the cheap aluminum bar clamp. They would twist like a pretzel when any decent amount of clamping pressure was applied. Then I read what Paul Sellers had to say about these clamps, where he offered an easy upgrade path that turned them into decent medium duty clamps. You don’t always need the strength of a Bessey type clamp. In this video I demonstrate how I perform the ‘surgery’. I recently bought two more Harbor Freight 48” aluminum bar clam...

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Dust Collector modification #1: Dust Collector cyclone modification

09-14-2015 01:06 PM by MikeMcK | 0 comments »

After many years of using a single stage then upgrading to a 2-stage trash can collector. I’ve finally upgraded to a Dust Deputy cyclone. My original DC filled the air with dust every time I turned it on and it wasn’t very air tight. My dust collector is a 2HP Woodworkers Warehouse Reliant NN-820. The spec sheet says it’s capable of 1185 CFM’s with 5” ports and the motors heavy, really heavy. My design is based from kdc68’s design:

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The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #55: What makes a good cyclone? (Let's make one from wood...)

07-03-2015 09:53 PM by StumpyNubs | 0 comments »

A long, long time ago we produced four episodes (90 minutes in total) full of useful information about Bill Pentz’ research and what is required for good fine dust collection. And we built a fill size cyclone with TWO blowers out of wood! This is a condensed version (15 minutes) of those original videos, containing just the best info and the project build- minus the fluff. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in improving the air in their shops! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OU...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #44: Franken-Rack gives life to Harbor Freight trailer

06-04-2015 09:52 PM by Paul Bucalo | 3 comments »

Last year, my first LumberJocks project was the Franken-Rack, a huge wooden rack that mounted on the rook of my 2001 Chevy Blazer. The concept was sound. The construction sturdy and useful. Unfortunately, it was too heavy for the roof’s infrastructure to support, so off it went, late last year, to go through this past winter under heavy canvas cover. On April25th I made an excellent buy on a Harbor Freight (HF) 4’x8’ Folding Utility Trailer. Over the past month I have been w...

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Harbor Freight Oscillating Spindle Sander

05-15-2015 11:48 PM by Chris McDowell | 10 comments »

I bought a Harbor Freight 14” oscillating spindle sander. I had my eye on it for a while and just went for it one day. There’s a huge debate in the online woodworking world whether or not it is a good idea to purchase tools from the store. Well, I’m taking my chances with this one. I’ll show you what’s in the box and see how it works right out of the box in this video. Watch the video here:

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #42: Beefing Up A HF Windsor-Style Workbench

04-19-2015 01:54 PM by Paul Bucalo | 5 comments »

Keeping within the budget and guidelines of my frugal perspective, I opted to take a chance by purchasing a Harbor Freight Windsor-style Workbench last weekend. Over the past two days I have been working on its assembly and beefing it up to meet my needs in the dungeon workshop. I’m sure many serious woodworkers would frown upon my choice, even call me some unsavory things for choosing to go this route. I didn’t go this route because I thought it was an optimum or preferred cho...

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Basement to a REAL Basement Shop #2: Dust Collection

04-03-2015 04:44 PM by JAY Made | 2 comments »

Wow! It has been a very busy couple of weeks. Last year I purchased the 2hp Harborfreight dust collector. I knew I was not going to use it in it’s stock configuration, I knew I wanted to set it up like Jay Bates did. So when I first got the DC I crammed it in a spot out of the way, to the right of the DC was the chimney, to the left was a bunch of Junk. I moved it to the NW corner of the basement. The blower is mounted on top of the factory ring and is exsausted to t...

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New Thien Seperator Lid, HFDC, Wynn Filter vs Woodcraft Seperator Lid

01-19-2015 12:31 AM by Kurt T. Kneller | 0 comments »

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...

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