Emergency 2-stage dust collector

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Blog entry by finkh posted 09-26-2011 03:44 PM 1046 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These shavings kept clogging the intake to the dust collector. After clearing the intake and shaking out the hose about twenty times, I needed something better, right away.

This worked. I taped up the edges of the box, cut two holes, cut off a length of hose, and was able to run the planer until the box filled. Then I emptied the box, taped it up again, and ran the planer until I was finished.

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 03:50 PM

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do are you going to build an actual separator now?


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#3 posted 09-26-2011 06:18 PM

I don’t have a DC yet (but actively looking for a good deal). In order to know what I should be looking for I have been reading just about everything I can find and I must admit I am surprise that this works.

Not for the idea but I keep hearing about people rigging this with plastic garbage can and saying that they have issues about their can colapsing on themselves due to the vacum. How is a simple carboard box sustaining it????

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 06:35 PM

I had this happen with my planer, and then found that it was only cherry that produced these long strings for shavings. Are you planing cherry?

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 07:33 PM

I think the looseness of the connections helps keep the box from collapsing. Also, it’s a 1hp collector.

The lumber is yellow pine, and still a bit wet. 4” x 8” planks being planed to 3”

I intend to get a barrel and make a more practical 2nd stage, with wheels and seals.

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 07:51 PM

Now that is awesome!

What you didn’t point out is that you have killed at least two birds with one stone. The chips are already boxed and ready for shipping to wherever they will need to go, be it the fire, curb, garden or the recyclers. Now you just need a lot more boxes :-)

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