Hillbilly Introduces Thein to Tyvekboy

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 44 days ago 2360 views 38 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that has been on my “to do” list for several years. I finally got around to it this past winter. The construction details for the Thein came from a December 3, 2010 post on Charles Neil’s old “In the Workshop” forum entitled “How to Build a Thein Dust Separator,” by Pitbull. C.f., . This is a great article for anyone interested in building a Thein Dust Separator.

Of course the Tyvekboy portion came from LJ Tyvekboy, with his permission of course. The stand is my adaptation of Tyvekboy’s two project posts: and . Thank you Tyvekboy and my apologies for such a poor attempt to copy your work; but, it does do what I wanted—a system to raise the Thein unit and easily remove the trash can for emptying.

I’ve been using this unit since March and it has done a fantastic job of separating the sawdust before it gets to the DC bags. By the way, my bags are top and bottom and are aftermarket products designed to reduce the exhaust to 1 micron. The trashcan has been emptied twice and there is no discernible dust in either bag at the DC. Although I only have 4” ductwork (having been installed back in the early 90s), there is plenty of suction to pull sawdust from the machine on my longest run—my planer.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 44 days ago

When I see such well-executed and beautifully finished projects, I’m torn between being inspired and being depressed! Thanks for sharing a great project – I think. :>)

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#2 posted 44 days ago

Wow John. Awesome build! I like the window you put in your can. I was/am going to put a small one in mine. Did you just use screws and silicone to seal the “window”? Thnx in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 44 days ago

This is a nice build, and perhaps the best project title ever.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#4 posted 44 days ago

Am I looking at that wrong, or does stepping on that front bar lift up the top so you can dump out the garbage can? If so, that is awesome.

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#5 posted 44 days ago

Very nice dust collector, John!!.........................jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 44 days ago

Very nice job. Doesn’t it feel so good to scratch off an item on your to do list. Again great job.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 44 days ago

Real nice!

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#8 posted 44 days ago

+1 for TNWoodchuck’s elegant post.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#9 posted 44 days ago

Love the stand, I assume you push on the footbar and the top lifts so you can remove the can… way cool.

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 44 days ago

Thanks everyone. Have to make this short because the weather’s bad and my satellite reception is in and out. The window is lexan and it was softened with a blowtorch to match the curve of the can and then cemented in place with silicone and pop rivets. Yes, the footbar does raise the top which makes it easy to remove the can. You’ll notice there are arms on the side that lift up and hold the top. This design is the genius of Tyvekboy. Again, I appreciate everyone’s comments and looking at this project. I’ll try to answer any other questions if I can get out on the satellite at home, if not it will be tomorrow when I go into the office.

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

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#11 posted 44 days ago

John—Glad my inspiration rubbed off on this project. Good Job. I like the adaptation. Great build on the Thein separator.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#12 posted 44 days ago

Nice one John
I missed this one of Alexes projects which are all well done and innovative .
I just have to rethink my set up which is a simple chain to hold the lid open and slide the can in and out .

-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 44 days ago

Super build. That window is a cool idea to install.

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

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#14 posted 43 days ago

Nice build as usual John. Your lungs will thank you for it

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#15 posted 43 days ago

Superb build.
Some of the techniques and processes you have used in your build are as technically challenging as any high-end cabinetmaking project.
And the bonus for you is they are transferable, and you keep your lungs healthy.

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