|Project by moshel||posted 07-09-2011 03:05 AM||7028 views||27 times favorited||22 comments|
After thinking about it for a long long time, I braved making Thien separator. it was actually very very easy. I made a router jig for cutting circles and after that it took less than 2h to build. I think I can make another one now in under 1h….
total cost including rubbish bin and DC elbow and nipple is about 40 NZD (~32 USD and raising fast :-)
now, does it work???? YES!!!
I started by vacuuming the floor. I had a nice pile of nasty MDF dust, courtesy of the routing and pile of mixed shavings (jointer, TS, planes and rasps). vacuumed both and nothing I could see made it past the Thien.
the last few days i milled lots of timber. this usually fills up my bag really quickly but now nothing!!! the overall operation of the DC is also very quite, i don’t know why. maybe because no shavings rotate in the bag?
I am now going to build the “top hat” version (google “top hat thien separator”), as I find that my rubbish bin fills too quickly. also the tophat version should be even more efficient. just have to figure out a clever way of making the round chamber.
-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...