|Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker||posted 03-04-2012 12:31 AM||3999 views||9 times favorited||17 comments|
Still working out of my garage and needed/wanted better and easier dust collection.
Had the 2“ and 4” Thien Separators on barrels, but could only use one tool at a time with each set-up.
When I got a SharkGuard http://www.thesharkguard.com/index.htm for my Unisaw I could now have dedicated dust collection to both the bottom and top of my Unisaw if I could rig the dust collection right.
I also wanted dust collection to all my machines including the floor sweep and bench sweep.
So, what you see is what I came up with.
The black hose goes to the bottom of the table saw.
The middle hose goes up to an attachment in the ceiling and then down onto the SharkGuard. Works AAA.
The clear hose is the expandable hose from Rockler http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21316&site=ROCKLER&uuid=&sli_sid=
..........that I take from tool to tool and/or use the floor sweep or dust handle.
The bottom hose in the middle is for whatever I want. I use it mostly for the 2” hose going to a sander or router or the Kreg Jig or simply to keep things clean.
I can only open the two blast gates going to the table saw half-way or else I don’t get enough vacuum to either hose.
I used my circle jig to run a rabbet around the edge of the top of the Thien Separator and snuck up on the fit so that it matched the barrel real close. No leak at all.
The “Black Tower” on top of the Thien is not as wobbly as it may look, but I am thinking about putting a 2’ x 2’ x ½ “ plywood backer board standing up on the Thien to reinforce the “Black Tower. That is why I used mountable blast gates.
The entire lid/tower assembly lifts right off the barrel very easily once I disconnect the hoses………hence the quick connects.
I really like the Dust Right items http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30200&site=ROCKLER&uuid=&sli_sid=
I rigged a Dust Right port on every machine that I have and moving the hose & handle between machines is very quick and easy.
I always need to add a step when changing machines. Hook up the hose………turn the machine on……insert wood…….. no dust collection………turn machine off ……..walk back across to open/close the damn blast gates.
I think the long collapsible hose from Rockler is OK. I use the docking station attachment and if I keep the vacuum pressure on until it is hung up, then it collapses itself pretty well. Heavy. I am glad I put the swivel attachment on this hose.
Love the Thien Separator. I have accumulated less than 2 inches of dust in the collector bag on the Delta Dust Collector in 2 years of messing around in the shop. Never had to empty the bag and have emptied the Thien may times, especially after planing.
This set-up works remarkably well.
Ugly, but it works for me.
-- We must all walk our own green mile