overhead dust collection boom arm

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Project by pottz posted 05-21-2016 09:32 PM 3959 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a little accessory to go with the new assembly table.ive really been trying to eliminate as much dust in the shop as possible and sanding dust is the worst so i built a boom arm to get the hose out of the way which is attached to an automatic dust collector.the hose is a shop vac hose attached to a rockler flexible hose with a universal rubber end that ive found works on just about any tool out there.this is constructed from left over plywood and poplar hung up with a couple gate hinges and a door hinge connecting the two piece arm,nothing too fancy or expensive.also thinking of adding an outlet to the end of the boom so i can get the cord up out the way also.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#1 posted 05-21-2016 10:47 PM

Very interesting and noticed you have it hooked up to a vac and not to your dust setup?
Do like the set up.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 05-22-2016 12:08 AM

yes i like this method because its more economical to run the small vac as opposed to firing up the 220v whole shop system if all im doing is sanding,and its a lot less noise,the small vac you can hardly hear.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 05-22-2016 12:02 PM

Like the solution. Wish I had the lower overhead and a dust collector.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 05-22-2016 05:36 PM

This is an excellent solution to a common problem. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 11-05-2016 10:47 PM

I just had to come back take a look after your comment on Alex’s

OMG what an very impressive construction job you have done there Larry.

If it was me it all would be plastic cable ties.
BTW I hope all those Eskys are full of booze!

And: Why have you applied metal A/C tape on the joints are they all just press fits?

I wonder if you reversed it would the sander just hover over your work?
( BTW dont do this you will get dust everywhere in your nice workshop)

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 11-05-2016 11:49 PM

cmon rob plastic cable ties!you can do better.i use the ac tape because i get i nice air tight seal and when i change
then the configuration i just peel offf the tape and rework,the tape molds perfectly toe joint and never dries out.this overhead system has worked great so far,and since the photo i added an outlet at the end of the boom to plug in my sander.
and yes i wish it would hover cordlessly,in the perfect wood world!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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