Some projects from the last 6 months

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Project by EricLew posted 02-21-2016 06:46 AM 816 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some of my projects from the last six months, none of which are “spotlight worthy”

A #2 Pine coffee table
A clear pine end table
A painted poplar end table with drawer
A modified Harbor Freight 2 stage dust collector with a Thien Baffle and Wynn filter, just like everyone else and their brother has built :)

And the reason I am posting these…

A Shop Vac sound deadening cabinet. Despite now having the HF dust collector built, I couldn’t seem to get rid of my old Craftsman Vacuum, which I had also made 2 stage about a year ago by adding a Rockler Dust Right Separator,which works great. Of course the vacuum was always as loud as a jet plane, which makes it the most annoying tool in the world, but when I stumbled across this article Silence your shop vac I became so intrigued, I had to make one. The difference is unbelievable.

It is now as quiet as it was loud. It’s so quiet I can barely hear it, and some times forget to turn it off for a minute or two. It also makes a perfect place to put my miter saw, so I laminated the top of the cabinet with Formica left over from my router wing extension. It sits on the platform and casters that came with the HF dust collector. I didn’t use the sound proofing material called for in the article, instead I ordered some acoustic foam I found on Amazon. I also didn’t glue it on, I stapled it. If you use a shop vac, consider making one of these, you won’t regret it, and neither will anyone else within a 2 block radius of your shop.


-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#1 posted 03-02-2016 01:31 PM

That shop vac cabinet looks really interesting. I may have to try that out!

-- Mat

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