|Project by MayflowerDescendant||posted 10-20-2010 05:53 AM||4862 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
The first dust collector I purchased was the Delta 50-775 (1 HP, 650 CFM). It’s a great little machine that I still have / use today. However, once I commited myself to building out / equipping a full workshop, I was looking for a little more capacity in terms of horsepower and suction / CFM. However, that means a dust collector with a bigger footprint (taking up more valuable floor space) and a significant increase in the noise level of the shop. Similarly, air tools require a good size compressor (big enough that it isn’t running constantly, but noisy enough when it does run). I came to the conclusion that these two noisy and space-hogging tools needed their own home. Hence, I built a dedicated dust collector and air compressor closet on the outside wall of my garage.
The first picture shows the closet, alongside my house. It has double doors for easy access, is fully insulated, vapour barriered, and lined with 1/2-inch ply. It features a number of 110 and 220V outlets inside, and a 110V GFI outlet outside. There is adequate venting under the eaves and a dedicated vent on the side (see white grill).
The second picture shows my Grizzly (G1029) Dust Collector (2 HP, 1550 CFM, 12-inch heavy-gauge impeller, 6-inch intake). The burgundy unit you see on the floor next to the motor / base is the receiving unit for the remote control that I clip to my shop apron and utilize from inside the shop. This unit (The Long Ranger III) is available through Grizzly (220V only). The piping (and air compressor hose) comes into the shop via a hole I opened in the wall, framed with diamond plate on both sides.
The third picture shows that no free space goes wasted. I built shelving above the dust collector for all those power tool carrying cases we keep (for some reason) and on the side wall, a ledge that I rest my Delta benchtop downdraft unit on.
The fourth picture shows the left hand side of the closet – floor to roof shelving in behind the air compressor to store my various heaters, a fire extinguisher, assorted shop supplies.
The fifth picture shows the air compressor. Could be bigger, yes, but I found that this Sears Craftsman unit (2HP, 12 Gallon) is more than adequate for my woodworking air tools.
The sixth picture is the view from the street. I would say that it pretty much blends in with the rest of the house.
My objectives in building this unit were: (1) to regain valuable floor space, (2) reduce both the noise in my shop as well as the noise emanating from my shop, (3) provide a secure, dry, yet ventilated area for these tools and related storage, and (4) not to be an eye-sore on my house, as viewed from the street. I’m definitely satisfied with the result.
-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada