Jointer Dust Collection Solution

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Project by cFurnitureGuy posted 03-01-2010 01:43 AM 5081 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I scored this Craftsman Pro Jointer on CL for 120.00 a coule months ago…. I dont have a Dust Collection System in my Shop because i dont have the power to run one! Just to run this jointer i have to make sure everything else in the shop is shut off or it trips the breaker… i cant upgrade my electricity cause i live in a condo and i am not alllowed!

So my cheap solution to catching the chips from the Jointer is a CHEAP bucket from Target! It has a flat side so it fits flush to the side of the jointer! add (2 )1/4” pieces of plywood that hold the top of the bucket in place and presto! i can empty the bucket and put it back on in 2 seconds! no tools or clamps!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#1 posted 03-01-2010 02:13 AM

I’m definitely using this idea on my jointer, it seems like I am always getting some backup in my jointer so I never put a permanent fixture for my dust collector on it, just keep sweeping it up. Thanks Justin sometimes the best ideas are the easiest.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 03-01-2010 03:33 AM

Why didn’t I think of this??

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 03-01-2010 03:49 AM

Great solution. I’ll bet it fills up quite fast.

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#4 posted 03-01-2010 08:57 AM

Can you use a long extension cord to run a DC on a separate circuit?

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#5 posted 03-01-2010 01:30 PM

Huh….. My dad lives in a condo. I added a extra circuit plus a couple storm doors. My brother set him up with cable TV in the garage. He’s added a water softener and made a ton of other changes. I guess I should ask him to check his condo rules…................

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#6 posted 03-01-2010 03:22 PM

what a great idea

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 03:36 PM

It’s a neat idea but I know it would not work for me. My planer (Grizzly G0604) has a relatively narrow exit chute and if I do not have a dust collector connected, the chute will plug up. I learned that the hard way which is how I learn most things.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 03-01-2010 04:04 PM


If you can get another 120 V circuit from elsewhere in your condo, you might want to look at the Harbor Freight 2HP / 5 micron dust collector. There is a Harbor Freight in St Charles at the Cave Springs Crossong center on Mexico Rd.

Here is the good part ….. regular price is $249 but there is a coupon in March 2010 Wood magazine to buy it for $139.99 and coupon is good until May 19, 2010.

Several of us LJs have this DC and it works really well but the low noise factor really make this DC a good deal. I will be doing a review on mine as soon as I get my Wynn 35A cartridge filter to upgrade it to sub-1 micron filtering.

I think this is by far one of the best values for dust collection. My shop has never been cleaner.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 03-01-2010 04:44 PM

thanks for the info on the DC! i will look into it!

as i said i cant mess with the wiring in my condo :( i can do all the other things that cbMerlin was talking about… cable, storm doors, etc… but adding wiring is an issue for them! i guess if something were to go wrong i could catch 3 other homes on fire! i found that if i use an extension cord (15ft.) it pulls too much current and trips the breaker.. i am guessing its because of the length… because when i plug it in to a 3 ft cord its fine! so i will have to deal with what i have for now!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#10 posted 03-01-2010 05:15 PM

Great idea, looks like it might fill up fast though but still better than sweeping.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 03-01-2010 05:18 PM


You can use longer extension cords if they are of sufficient ampacity. The one that gives you problems may be as small as 16 AWG. Find one that is 12 awg (or larger) and you will probably have no problems.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#12 posted 03-01-2010 05:52 PM

Thanks Viking! i will check that out!

the bucket doesnt fill up to fast… i ran about 8 boards 20” long through it last week and it was about 3/4 of the way full. if it does fill up though its pretty easy to just dump it and continue! way easier than sweeping in my opinion!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#13 posted 03-01-2010 06:03 PM

Nice simple solution that definitely beats constant sweeping.

Nice buy on the jointer, by the way. How do you like it?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#14 posted 03-01-2010 06:18 PM

Is there any way I can convince you to whip up a CAD plan, in SketchUp, for this?

I like the idea, but am having a bit of trouble getting my head around the details.

Just Kidding :-D

Great idea. My Ridgid, though, will clog at the extraction chute without enough suction to pull the little trees through. “Not enough suction” includes a 6.5HP Craftsman Shop Vac.

I’d be curious to know if that happens to you, or if yours flows more smoothly.

Love the low-tech solutions … every time :-)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 03-02-2010 05:00 PM

NBeener: I will get you some engineering drawings as soon as i can!! you want them full scale or 1/4 scale?? :) JK!
i havent had any issuse with the chute clogging as of yet! the chips seem to just fall out the chute… some fall inside the base which is why i only have half the screws holding the back panel on base… so i can occationally take it off and clean it out!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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