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Project by thewoodmaster posted 02-14-2010 02:40 AM 5062 views 24 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of Phil’s dust separator. I went from 2 1/2” to 4” so I wouldn’t have to downsize the openings on my TS and jointer. I have an adapter that downsizes the 4” opening to 2 1/2” so i can attach a hose for smaller tools. It has plenty of suction to pick up sawdust. The only thing left of the pile i sucked up was a couple of screws and nails. That shouldn’t be a problem as I hope I don’t have any of those coming out of my jointer or TS.

-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"





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jimofsanston

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 02:52 AM

I thinking of making one of these for my shop. I guess I better stop waiting and get it done soon. Yours looks nice and simple.

-- Jim LaCourse

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 02:53 AM

Looking good, nice collector.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 03:17 AM

Looks great! How does it work on keeping your cabinet clean on the TS?

-- nordichomey

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blackcherry

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 03:37 AM

Nice work on your Phil’s D.S. I built one not to long ago and it has been a great addition to the shop. I know your going to like it as well…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 06:52 AM

Nice job….I started one of these today for my own shop : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 02:44 PM

Nicely done dust separator – I plan to build one of these but on a smaller scale. I am gonna use a 7 gallon bucket, will see how it goes.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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thelt

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 03:56 PM

Waitin’ for some ‘warmer than 45° weather’ to get out in the shop to build one. Looks like you got it goin’ on!

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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SnowFrog

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#8 posted 07-21-2011 06:29 PM

This looks very good.

I am planning to do something like this in the very near future for my tiny shop. I have almost the same size Shopvac. I am glad to see that it seems to work for you. I was worried that with the relatively low air volume of a shopvac instead of a DC it would not work well.

I am even more surprised that your main hose is 4” and that you still get enough suction.

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 04:07 AM

I am even more surprised that your main hose is 4” and that you still get enough suction.
It appears that the OP is just collecting dust and no shavings / chips as in from a planer / jointer.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Hawaiilad

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#10 posted 09-26-2011 10:29 PM

Are you saying you use the 4” pipe for the table saw and Jointer and the smaller hose for your shop vac? I can understand this, but I wonder if using the smaller hose into the trash can will give you enough suction.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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