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Project by flwoodhacker posted 743 days ago 2746 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted to build the Thien separator that Tim did A friend of mine came across one of the cans (if you can find them they’re great).

After many hours of contemplating the build I decided to shelf it for a while and now another project has overshadowed the seperator. As I was jointing several pieces of European pine (that’s a whole different story) and all of the chips were flying around in my outdoor workshop. At first I was thinking about rigging up a trashbag but as I ran into my container and a few bungee cords…presto!!!

It’s quiet, collects about 82.7% of the shavings and the contents are easy to dispose of.

Eventually I will modify this but as of today I am pleased.

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#1 posted 743 days ago

Patent that baby! When I think about all the money I’ve wasted on dust collection equipment…

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#2 posted 743 days ago

Did you ever have trobble with that jointer. I had mine 3 years and it went to the repair shop 4 times .it is now in the junk pile. The delta repair shop would not tell me what was wrong every time I shipped it back.I had more in shipping for repairs than I paid for it.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 743 days ago

You might want to double up on the bungee cords. I am thinking that when the chips come flying out at such high velocity they might snap.

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#4 posted 743 days ago

I’m curious as to how you arrived at your percentage of shavings collected. Does anyone save their shavings to heat their shop in the winter?

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#5 posted 743 days ago

I was going to save mine for an outdoor fireplace but couldn’t find anything to bind them together safely. Someone recommended just water but I never tried. Once I just threw the hole bucket in but the fire would not pick up. Just kind of smoldered.

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#6 posted 743 days ago

Can you tell me the angle at which that’s sitting, and … how you set it TO that angle ??

That’s just genius. Pure genius.

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 743 days ago

like an old friend like to say

‘the old ways
are the best ways’

flour and water
makes a good binder

a tube (with cap) and hydraulic jack
will make a ‘presto log’

lose sawdust needs to be ‘banked’
like coal
and just simmers
but does heat

-- 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 743 days ago

Is it grounded for possible static electricity charge? :)

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#9 posted 742 days ago

To wiswood2, I have not had much trouble with the jointer. You get what you pay for. Fortunately I purchased mine in a pawnshop (great place to scour for tools) and it serves it’s purpose. Works well for small pieces. On longer stock I try to get any bow out then take it to my planer. Now that I think about I’ll need to modify my collector for the planer. Any suggestions would help.

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#10 posted 742 days ago

I’m going to take issue with your 82.7% figure! I think you’re blowing smoke! Please supply your testing technique and data points for my evaluation… or risk being accused of being full of it! ;-)

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#11 posted 742 days ago

The efficiency is high…when the wind is calm

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#12 posted 742 days ago

what i want to know is whos really cool project got bumped out of the top 3 for a late april fools joke

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