Vacuum splitter and a ‘dust can’
this one is for Dan / Maveric.
I personally sometimes sneeze and cough when I am done with sanding and I have had my thoughts on this for a while.
My Vacuum is a shop vacuum, but just a standard one from Atlas copco and I used simple 50 mm 2 inch plumbing to distribute it since this was something I could get for almost nothing.
But when it came to the splitter I have settled with the fact that I took out one hose and the put in another, this made me sometimes get lazy and therefore not use the vacuum, but after reading Dan’s story I looked in the mirror and agreed that I had enough illness in my life, so it was time to make some upgrade’s and most important a splitter.
First I cut up sides for a little box.
The size of the box is fit to the size of four hoses inlet and one outlet at the end of the box, and the box is glued and nailed together to make it fairly tight.
Here it is!
The end pieces are made a little smaller than the box so a sliding piece of aluminum can be moved forward and backward, and only one hole is drilled in this aluminum lid so it will open only when the opening gets to the outlet.
As you can see I added a thicker front so it would be easy to mount the vacuum hoses from the different tools.
Matching numbers are made on the slider so it is easy to see what opening is activated.
Here it is in use, and works really fine.
I connected my drill press, disc sander, band saw and then one more for the next project here; the Super sander dust collector.
Here my old Super sander dust suction, that actually worked quite fine but was a little too open for the suction provided.
So when I found a bigger and better quality can the other day it was time for a upgrade.
Drawing where the hole will be.
Drilling some holes for the corners.
Making room for the drill mount.
Hole in the cap for the hose.
And that’s it!
Fast and easy – and yes it works now better, some dust on the floor after but no dust in the air of the shop and this means no dust in my lounges!
Fast, easy, recycle and good for the health! Not bad, yes Dan?
Hope this little blog can inspire others to clear the air in the shop,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.