|Project by skeemer||posted 09-13-2012 09:53 PM||4731 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
After buying my surface planer back in the spring I knew I needed a dust collection system to handle the enormous chip output. With limited funds, I opted to make my own inspired by a number that I’ve seen on this site. Just as most others have done, I used sheet metal duct, a 5 gallon bucket, tons of caulk, and PVC to build this. It works very well, but still has room for improvement!
As you can see in the 3rd and 4th pictures, it collects most of (but not all) of the heavy dust in the bucket. These pictures were taken after planing an 8’ rough sawn 4/4 maple board down to 3/4” thickness.
The one issue I’m finding that I have not solved yet is that as the bucket fills up with chips, the vacuum draw on the hose declines and the planer begins to spit chips back out. I’m not sure if this is due to the pressure in the system changing as the bucket fills, or if my shop vac (Ridgid 6 gallon) just isn’t powerful enough to pull. The vac uses a 1 7/8” hose which then becomes a 2 1/4” hose going to the planer (which has a 4” outlet), so I’m wondering if the pressure drop from that diameter change is too much for this little shop vac to overcome. Nevertheless, it is an improvement over the chips all over the place.
Thanks for looking!