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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 02-03-2007 02:30 PM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
Apologies for the lack of blogging – my internet connection has been down. Not good…....:(
But it’s up again now so let’s get stuck in.
I’ve finally done something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, and that is to permanently plumb in some dust extraction. I don’t know how you use yours but I drag the dust extractor over to where I’m working, search for a suitable connector and then turn it on. Or maybe I just can’t be bothered and don’t use it at all…...;)
So I have installed some pipework around the shop to save having to move the extractor. It looks pretty smart, too! There are blast gates at each machine so when I want to use, for example, the jointer, I open the gate, flick on the extractor using a remote control that lives in my shop apron and plane away. No mess, no having to clean the floor around the jointer because of the two foot deep pile of shavings.
I have also put two points either side of the workbench. I have a 3 meter length of powertool hose that attaches to the blast gates. Using this I can attach routers, sander, etc as well as using it as a vacuum cleaner on and around the workbench. Cool!
It was easy to install and cost about £100 for the whole shop. Worth doing if you are not going to re-arrange your shop for a while ;) There are some pictures here…

I’m also making another plane. A buddy of mine was going to buy a shoulder plane so I suggested I make him one instead. What do you think? The one on the right is one I made earlier. I just need to finish the wedge and make the iron and it will be done. More pics once I complete it.
Have a good weekend,
shoulder planes

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#1 posted 02-03-2007 02:38 PM

Quote Phil’s blog: But I am glad to say the smaller extractor works great (especially after cleaning the filter out!.)

Phil, this is a perfect application for Jurrgens Mini-Cyclone.

I like this idea and may incorporate it in my shop.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Philip Edwards

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#2 posted 02-03-2007 03:35 PM

Great idea, Don! I may have a go at one of those, too!

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#3 posted 02-03-2007 04:11 PM

Welcome back . What are the woods on the shoulder planes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-03-2007 06:14 PM

Welcome back.
Looks like you’re getting it together alright, it sure a lot nicer not having to drag things around, you just have to throw a switch, & your in business. I’m not sure if you seen my Dust Collector setup. I just revamped it this fall.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 02-03-2007 06:41 PM

Phil, nice job with the duct work. I think your friend is very fortunate to have one of your handmade shoulder planes! By the way I enjoy your website, especially the place mats – great poject.


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#6 posted 02-04-2007 08:20 AM

Quote Dick: ”I’m not sure if you seen my Dust Collector setup. I just revamped it this fall.”

Yes, I studied this some time ago. It looks like a great DC setup, Dick.

Of course, as I have tried to make clear by means of additional comments, to the Jurrjen’s Mini Cyclone, Peter’s system is not a central dust collection system, but a shop vac on steroids. I think you would find the mini-cyclone would be a great adjunct to your fixed DC with its portability, ease of reaching into hard-to-get nooks and crannies, and ease with which it can be added to small electrical hand tools.

[By the way, the correct spelling of Peter’s surname is ”Jurrjens”. I have it misspelled above for which I apologize.]

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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