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Shop made wooden cyclone for HF DC

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Project by SASmith posted 02-21-2012 11:24 PM 7778 views 31 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I call a woodworkers solution to a metal working problem. Made of SPF 2×4’s from the big box store.
The pictures pretty much tell the story. As you can see in pics 3 & 4 the cone is made using the bowl from a board method.
I am more than happy with the performance of the cyclone. I have filled the drum 5 times and there is not a handful of dust in the dust collector bag. Much more effective than the thein separator I had before.
Up next is to replace the filter bag on the DC with a cartridge filter and re-plumb the dust collection pipe.

If you have any question feel free to ask.

Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois





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#1 posted 02-21-2012 11:40 PM

I can’t believe my eyes this is unbelievably cool, Great Job Scott

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 11:46 PM

Hi Scott, it looks good, I am in the process of doing the same thing. I am using all wood from pallets or found on the side of the road, only recycled lumber for this one. If you want to see the progress I have blog you can look at here. I have about 4 entries so far, and on Friday I will have more pallets to disassemble and make more components. If you have any question just let me know.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 11:46 PM

Impressive dust collector

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 11:49 PM

Scott, I think you could make ANYTHING out of wood. I am enjoying my hf dc modification, hated emptying that bag all the time too.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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SASmith

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 11:53 PM

@Martyroc I considered the method that you are using but did not know how I would make the inside round.
That I why I made it the way I did. In pic 5 the cone has not been sanded and it was fairly smooth and already round.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 11:55 PM

WOW , that’s all I can say.

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 12:27 AM

a new era has arrived

from stone
bronze
steel

to WOOD !

very nice

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 12:38 AM

You are really good with that bandsaw!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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SASmith

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#9 posted 02-22-2012 12:42 AM

Thanks for the comments.
@ DocSavage. The 1/2 circle cutting jig did most of the work for me.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 02-22-2012 12:50 AM

Lookin good! Did you seal it on the inside also?

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SASmith

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#11 posted 02-22-2012 01:01 AM

@Greg: More coats of poly on the inside than I care to count. Time will tell how well the poly lasts.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 02-22-2012 01:13 AM

Hi SASmith,

it’s a chore getting the inside smooth, a lot of planing & sanding, if I had plywood I would have made it similar to yours, but my goal was to use whatever lumber I could find. Since I get a lot of pallet’s and most of the wood is not that great I usually use them for shop builds. My wife said I need to clean up all the dust in the shop, so I said, I will buy a cyclone dust collector, to which she said “can’t you build that?”. That got me thinking but I was still not convinced, when a friend of mine doubted my skill and determination and said I couldn’t do it, thats all the convincing I needed. I will be using it with my shop vac temporarily when it’s done, since I used my spare motor for something else. I usually come across old motors in the trash at work, but of course now that I need one there has been nothing available. I attached the intake earlier and have some sanding to do, (“some” is an extreme under estimation). I still have the collection bin to build, but I won’t have any more wood until the end of the week. Until then it will sit in the shop ready for sanding.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#13 posted 02-22-2012 01:13 AM

Wow – really amazing…..can’t believe you would even consider such a project, but there you’ve gone and done it…...very cool.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 01:43 AM

The jig helped! Your skill made it happen.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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SASmith

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#15 posted 02-22-2012 01:49 AM

Thanks Doc

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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