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Project by Timbo78 posted 11-18-2015 05:18 PM 2246 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just wanted to show my cheap, simple, and fairly effective solution to above-table dust collection. The accordion pipe is 5 bucks at the big box stores, and is designed to work with sewer and drain pvc so it was a snap to fit together. Obviously, this doesn’t create a dust-free experience, but combined with the below-table collection it gets the vast majority of dust. And when there is some remaining on the table I just leave the DC on and blow it in the direction of the pipe, and it sucks it right up.

I just thought that making or buying a dust hood was too much money and/or trouble for a detached garage shop that has a car, lathe, and bandsaw making a mess anyway. This serves one very simple purpose: dramatically reducing my sweeping/vacuuming. It works. And it’s cheap as hell.





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fivecodys

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#1 posted 11-18-2015 05:37 PM

Sometimes simple is the best.
Very interesting indeed!

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 11-18-2015 08:17 PM

Why did you use perforated pipe rather than solid? Seems solid pipe would have more suction. Curious.

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#3 posted 11-18-2015 09:12 PM

So, this is a Finished, wooden project, eh? Interesting.

This is a great idea, but it seems like this would have been much better in a blog, and since you were forced to click on a box that stated so you knowingly are posting things here that don’t belong.

Rules are there for a good reason – please follow them in the future.

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 10:19 PM

Knothead- I used the perforated pipe so I can move it up or down and left and right depending on the cut and blade height, if I’m using a sled, etc. Just easier. I don’t think such a short length of perforated pipe makes much difference, and anyway, I’ve got a 3hp Grizzly DC that isn’t too far away. It’s pulling pretty hard. It sucks cut-offs off the table.

KnotCurser- THANK YOU. Imagine my horror when I discovered I had egregiously posted in the wrong Lumberjocks section! I mean, I was forced to click on a box and everything! I must admit, it has been difficult to even look myself in the mirror since I found out. I’m just relieved to have gotten off so easy. Seriously- a mere smart-assed remark, and reminders of how I deliberately broke the rules and why we have said rules? That’s it? How did I get so lucky? Anyway, I assure you, it will NEVER happen again. And again, thank you for the totally polite reminder. You seem nice.

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 10:39 PM

You have certainly mastered the art of sarcasm.

You are welcome.

Yes, generally I am very nice.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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poospleasures

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#6 posted 11-19-2015 12:51 AM

I to use this type of pipe to catch the fine dust sometimes created at the lathe. I don,t see any holes in your pipe but it seems to be flexible accordion type which is what I use. This will work great in a lot of places where you have to bend the pipe and want it to hold the shape.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 11-19-2015 09:07 AM

The dust collection at the bottom of a table saw never does a good enough job. I wonder if your black flex pipe gets in your way visually??

I see several violations here.
A car in the shop?? Come on…...................

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 11-19-2015 09:14 AM

I have to agree with above comments not alot of wood in this project. Doesn’t look safe as well, a moving distraction while going through the blade. Hmmm

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 11-19-2015 03:29 PM

Yes, poo, it is an accordion-style, no holes. Perforated was not the right word. I’ve corrected it.

I’m interested in the safety concerns. The pipe isn’t “moving.” On thin cuts I position it on the left side of the blade so I can easily get the push stick through. Since I like my fingers and don’t like wood in my face, please let me know why this can be unsafe so I don’t have to find out the hard way. I will concede that the car is a violation, but to clarify- I live in a suburb (of Chicago, where there is winter) with three kids under 5 and have just the one car, and it isn’t a minivan. I think I deserve a little credit. A virtual fist-bump, at least.

Ken- Thank you so much for the reminder. Sure, KnotCurser let me know, and I checked out his other posts and thought “wow, this guy doesn’t obsess about project/blog location and is probably tons of fun to be around,” but by this morning I had completely forgotten about what I had done. And you, Ken, were there to pull my head out of the clouds once more. But I think the two of you are letting your razor-sharp insight and insatiable thirst for justice go underutilized here. There are bigger battles! For starters, can you guys come over for Thanksgiving? Sometimes my wife passes the potatoes- I hope you’re sitting down for this- CLOCKWISE (honestly, sometimes it’s like we didn’t honeymoon at the Emily Post Dinner Table Boot Camp). Of course I turn to spanking, but she’s really into that kind of thing (especially in front of the other guests) so it just reinforces her bad behavior. As the rule-crusaders that you are, you no doubt see how serious this problem has become. Come to think of it, it’s a lot like how the Lumberjocks moderators awarded this project a Daily Top 3. Sent me a separate email, mentioned me on Twitter and everything. Have you two contacted them? Do these guys even know their own rules? This is no laughing matter- that kind of approval just makes me want to be a bad, bad boy and post a non-wood (or if I’m feeling really dirty, an unfinished (shivers!)) project over and over again.

Help?

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#10 posted 11-19-2015 04:52 PM

I think this is a great idea and should have something similar in my shop soon!

Thanks for sharing

-- TruCraftFurniture.com

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#11 posted 11-19-2015 05:00 PM

I like you A LOT!!

If it works and you feel good about doing it, like your wife with the spanking, just do it. That totally didn’t sound right, but I’m sure you get it. Good job on solving your problem.

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#12 posted 11-19-2015 05:24 PM

Timbo,

Now you went from Mr. Sarcasm to just plain jackass. There ARE reasons for rules and you blatantly ignored them. I don’t CARE how popular your posting is, it still broke the rules.

You may make fun of whomever mentions this to you if it makes you feel better but the fact is you still broke the rules.

I will be more than happy to discuss WHY the rules are there and why I remind people about them, but do not want to do this in a public arena. Message me privately if you wish. I would not be surprised to see yet another witty paragraph-sized reply from you just filled with sarcasm – have fun.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#13 posted 11-19-2015 05:27 PM

I think you have a good idea. I will look at the possibility of adding something like this to my shop.

As far as the controversy of blog / project / ???. I see it as nothing but a detractor from the basic idea of sharing ideas amongst fellow woodworkers. Although I would use this controversy as an example of why I suggested the ability to completely block certain posters so I would never see their posts

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#14 posted 11-19-2015 06:42 PM



I think you have a good idea. I will look at the possibility of adding something like this to my shop.

As far as the controversy of blog / project / ???. I see it as nothing but a detractor from the basic idea of sharing ideas amongst fellow woodworkers. Although I would use this controversy as an example of why I suggested the ability to completely block certain posters so I would never see their posts

- WoodNSawdust

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-- Chem, Central California

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#15 posted 11-19-2015 11:31 PM

Thanks Timbo, I’m glad that you took the time to share a good idea with us. Ditto on Woodnsawdust’s comment, I’m glad that you took the time to post something.

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