|Project by Joedcatman||posted 01-05-2011 07:41 AM||3113 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
Ok my shop is kinda messy but that’s not the point. After years of putting up with tons of special made sawdust I decided to get a dust collector for my small shop.
Being Frugal (read that cheap) I scoured Craigslist/tool auctions/Harbor Freight tools and so on… Then I came across a ready made blower with a 1/2 hp Delta motor at a garage sale and purchased it from the nice lady for $2.00.
I made a roll around stand out of plywood and some recycled swivel casters. I plumbed the blower output thru some 4” PVC to a plywood box, cut 2 6” holes in the top and bottom and attached a couple old stainless steel mixing bowls with the bottom cut out of them too. Made a couple of canvas catcher bags out of some material I’ve had laying around for years. Sewed and clipped one end – slid the other end over the lip of each bowl. The clamps to hold the canvas bag to the bowl is just aluminum weather strip that I cut and bent around each bowl. The groove that is in the aluminum just fits over the lip of the bowl and keeps the canvas pretty tight. Bend, drill and put a small bolt through the ends and it clamps really good. I also hinged the top of the box with latches on the back so that it can be opened for easy clean out.
WARNING!! If you decide to make one of these, you need to ground the two bowls with bare copper wire to the motor/blower frame and through to a grounded plug. Static electricity can build up with the dust flow and could cause a dust explosion.
A Jet or a Grizzley it ain’t but it works just as good and ya just can’t beat the price.
-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.