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Blog series by newTim updated 07-15-2011 05:52 AM 5 parts 20816 reads 50 comments total

Part 1: If you build it, dust will come.

03-15-2011 08:18 AM by newTim | 9 comments »

Here’s my big idea for converting a HF to a 2-stage DC. I sold my Jet and bought the HF for $139. I got the vortex (?) lid from Woodcraft and am using a regular plastic trash can. I didn’t take the time, yet, to draw in the intake/outtake hoses, and I don’t know how to draw the plastic bag, but you can get an idea of the concept. I must confess, however, I already built one of these, but it turned out to be too small. It was too short, too narrow, and not deep enough, o...

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Part 2: Verticality Controversy Rages On

03-17-2011 07:15 AM by newTim | 14 comments »

The question before us is whether it is 1) safe, 2) feasible, 3) advisable, 4) possible to align a HF Dust Collector motor horizontally. There have been many examples in the review section of doing this and there have been a lot of comments both pro and con. A couple of folks (CovenantCreation and

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Part 3: Cory to the rescue

03-21-2011 06:59 AM by newTim | 17 comments »

Thanks to Cory and input from other LJs, I was able to figure this thing out. Once you get past the idea of flipping the motor a number of possibilities become available. So I tossed the cabinet idea and went with Cory’s design. I did not include a Thein separator, and as you can see , I’m still using the flex hose as a conduit. Still and all, with a commercial cyclone lid from Woodcraft and about fifteen feet of 4” flex hose with a couple of ninety-degree bends, this th...

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Part 4: Clean Up

05-05-2011 06:54 AM by newTim | 7 comments »

Some final thoughts on this blog before it gets relegated to the archives. First, many thanks to all for your advice and participation. I learned many new things, made some new friends, and ended up with a very nice little system. While I haven’t yet built a Thein separator or installed the duct work, I have added some accessories like the Dust Right System from Rockler. As these pictures show, the whole unit makes for efficient storage of these items and it is working great. Put...

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Part 5: Woodcraft Remote Control... it really works!

07-15-2011 05:52 AM by newTim | 3 comments »

Finally purchased one of these on sale at Woodcraft. It works great with this setup. Just plug in to the wall and plug the collector in to the remote. The collector fires right up. And the collector is working great too.

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