The Workshop #1: Setup

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Blog entry by efsavage posted 10-06-2009 07:40 PM 1217 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a busy, and expensive, week. Picked up so many tools I haven’t even finished setting them all up yet, much less playing with them.

The Ridgid 13” Thickness Planer R4330 was a breeze to set up. Unpacked it, attached the dust collector, and it was ready to go. I spent more time cleaning up shavings from the test run because the shopvac was clogged (before I connected it) than I did setting it up!

The Ridgid 6” jointer JP0610, however, not so easy. There is one bolt that requires you to reach way in, and my arm didn’t fit, so I had my girlfriend help me out. There wasn’t enough room for a socket set and it was at an angle so that bolt is only hand-tight, but there are two others that were accessible so I think it should be OK. I also put the motor in backwards, despite doublechecking the instructions, so that cost some time as well. Tensioning the belt was easy. Once we got past those issues, it ran nicely, and despite the short feeds on it, I think it will do nicely for the things I’m working on.

Tonight I set up the Bench Dog 40-001 router table and try to attach the Bosch 1617EVS to it…

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 07:59 PM

Do you have a pre separator for that shop vac? (Or is it at least a BIG vac?). I started out with a 12 gallon shop vac dust collection. The filter plugs up VERY quickly using the Table Saw or sanders, and the canister filled almost instantly when using the planer. I went to a Thien Cyclone lid on a 20 gallon trash can. Worked great!

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 09:20 PM

It’s a big vac, but I do not have a separator, the vac was actually full/clogged before I set it up, it’s better now. I’ll be doing some kind of dust collection set up soon though, I just need to get everything up and running and see how much space I have left. I’m in the basement so I’m short on headroom…

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 09:39 PM

If you don’t go full blown cyclone, or are going to stick with that vac you will need to address the filter plugging problem, as well as fine filtration. A couple of excellent options are available. There is of course the Oneida Dust Deputy. But I think, and I could stand to be corrected, that is limited to use on 5 gallon buckets, which would fill up before your first pass planing a 10” wide board is done…

A more DIY, and more scaleable approach is Phil Thien’s separator lid / baffle setup which can be scaled from a 5 gallon bucket to a 55 gallon (or larger) drum. (I have built both). That will keep your filter from plugging. Another good alternative, IF your vac supports it are the pre filter bags. Those are great on 20 gallon industrial vacs!

As far as not spitting fines back into the air, spend a few bucks and get a HEPA rated filter to fit your vac… Your lungs will thank you for that!

How are you extracting shavings from the jointer? I would assume with the 4” port necked down to a 2.5” vac fitting… If so, does the vac keep up?

I had a lot of trouble with my 2.5” system getting clogged in the plumbing. I am pretty sure it was due to the elbows though…

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 12:06 AM

Congrats on your new tools!

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 02:59 AM

Enjoy the new tools. congrats

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 06:40 PM

The lid/baffle setup looks good, although I’m not sure if I have room for a barrel :)

I have to order a neck for the jointer, but my current cardboard + tape setup seems to work. As for keeping up, it seems to but I’ve only made some test passes with it, nothing major yet.

Thanks for the tips!

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