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Project by Kevin posted 04-16-2012 03:54 PM 4798 views 40 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this after seeing one that a fellow LJ (RMP) built. It works even better than I thought it would. The cap and the lower baffle are cut from 3/4 inch ply. I cut the circles out on a circle cutting jig that I threw together for my table saw. I have 4 inches inbetween the cap and lower baffle. 2/3 of the lower baffle is cut away 1 1/4 inches. I routed a rabbit on the bottom of the cap and installed foam weather strip to help with the seal. My fittings are held in place and sealed with silicone caulking. Finally I added a handle that I cut from a scrap piece of cherry, to make lifting it out of the bucket easier. The plywood was scrap I had laying around, the middle plastic coupler was laying around at the house as well as the weather stripping. The only things I had to buy was a plastic bucket for less than $2.00, and the elbow. The only elbow I could find that would work for the hose to fit into tightly was this rubber elbow that was $10.00. But being rubber made it easy to cut a smaller hole and get a good tight fit around the fitting. I’ve been needing one for a while and since I cant afford dust collection or even a manufactured dust seperator right now this was perfect. My inlet from the shop vac is 1 1/4 in and the hose that goes to the tool is 2 1/2 inch just cause that was what I had. The last picture shows some saw dust I swept up in the seperator after just a few seconds.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch





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Skylark53

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 04:12 PM

This is a project that will make a real difference in your shop everytime you use it. Great work, very worthwhile. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 05:04 PM

I really must get around to making one of these.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Kevin

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 07:55 PM

I can’t wait to use this with my planer and jointer, since they make the most mess, but I imagine it will help with all of my tools. I do need to get a reducer for my jointer though to go from 4 in to 2 1/2 in.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 09:44 PM

Good job!

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 12:05 AM

i like it ,need one too.simple , efficient and low cost.great post

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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pastorglen

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 12:12 AM

I really like the simplicity of this. Great pics, too. I’m starting to set aside the parts I need to make one of these. So your post is very timely.

GREAT job!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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bampy

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 12:12 AM

i need to see these things work, now jusr the fine dust goes in the bucket, or does all the shavings go in there. looks very simple to make. grear pics to,thnx for posting.

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#8 posted 04-17-2012 12:13 AM

finally it looks like we can afford to make one or more of these, rather than justify the expense of a “real one” v our “free” time. Thanks!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Kevin

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 01:16 AM

Thanks for all the comments. It really is pretty simple to make. I haven’t used mine a lot yet cause I just finished it today but from what I have read and the little I have used mine the larger chips and shavings go in the bucket very well. I don’t know how well it does with fine dust yet, but hope to try it out with some of my sanders soon. I’m glad that this post was able to help, especially since it was someone else’s original post that helped me finally build mine.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 04:24 AM

Nice job. Please let us know how it works on fines. Thanks.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 06:06 AM

Cheap, effective and DIY! Well done! Favorited.

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steliart

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#12 posted 04-17-2012 07:10 AM

nice separator Kevin, well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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EMVarona

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#13 posted 04-17-2012 12:13 PM

Great idea! I was thinking along the same line. Now, I’ll just follow your style. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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Kevin

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#14 posted 04-17-2012 02:00 PM

Just wanted to let you know, I just got done sweeping up some fine sawdust from my table saw and this separator did great!

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 04-17-2012 03:02 PM

Awesome!! thanks.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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