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Harbor Frieght Dust Collector Modification, or, not leaving well enough alone! #2: My too cheap to buy homemade dust collector duct brackets

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Blog entry by luv2learn posted 02-03-2015 02:17 AM 2023 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Tearing up a perfectly good (new) Harbor Frieght dust collector Part 2 of Harbor Frieght Dust Collector Modification, or, not leaving well enough alone! series Part 3: Dust Collection Barrel Modifications »

So, now that I have the H.F. dust collector set up for better or worse, I need to run the duct work. But, before I can do that I need to decide how to mount the ducting. Again, being frugal, another word for cheap, I decided to make my own brackets with materials on hand. I had an 8’ 2×6 in my storage shed and 35’ of 3/4” wide Velcro I bought from Harbor Freight so this is what I came up with. I cut the 2×6’s into 5 3/8” squares.

I laid out center lines and drew a 4 1/8 dia. circle on the face of the 2×6 blocks.

Then I laid out for some pre-drilled holes 2” apart and centered on two ends as well as a couple of 45 degree notches at both ends of the center line.

I set up my miter saw and cut all the blocks in half and then set it up again to cut the 45 degree bevels.

Now on to the drill press.

Next, cutting the semi-circles out on the band saw.

Counter sinking the holes so the screw heads won’t interfere with the duct.

Next I cut two lengths of Velcro, one 2” long piece and one 13” long piece and glued them to the block. I used scrap MDF to make jigs to hold the Velcro in place until the glue dried.

Now I am ready to hang some duct work!

Next, installing the duct work.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green



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woodshaver (Tony)

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 03:42 AM

That is one well thought out low cost and effective way to hang that duck work Lee! I like how you think. Practical simple ideas that work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 04:29 AM

I expected to see a L shape hanger. Wow, this is thinking out of the box. I like it, and cheap too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 06:21 AM

Thanks Tony, that’s me practical and simple :-)

Dave, it seems that I always have more time than money…LOL

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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fd_cox

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 10:52 AM

What a cheapskate, just kidding really super idea.

-- Floyd - Harrison Arkansas

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 01:19 PM

Cheap or not going to get the job done .

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 03:11 PM

Thanks Floyd.

Thanks robdem.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 04:32 PM

Very neatly done—and, economical to boot! Great job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 04:49 PM

Thanks John, these worked out better than I had anticipated.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jed66

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#9 posted 02-06-2015 03:39 AM

Nice solution, I’m going to have to build those when I upgrade my dust collection.

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 02-06-2015 07:03 AM

Jed66, thanks they are working out really well.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Paul Bucalo

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#11 posted 02-09-2015 03:49 PM

Definitely like the way you think. Your use of wood you already have and inexpensive Velcro makes so much sense. And cheap is about all I can afford, so bring it on all you want. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 02-09-2015 07:25 PM

Paul, 3/4” wide by 35’ long roll of Velcro at Harbor Freight for $7.99 was enough to do about 2 dozen of the hangers.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Paul Bucalo

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#13 posted 02-09-2015 09:15 PM

Sure, you have labor involved in making the brackets, but what are we? Woodworkers! :D

You did well in designing this setup, Lee. Kudos!

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 02-09-2015 09:28 PM

Thanks Paul, most days I have more time than money. And yes, we are woodworkers!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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