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Project by WoodChips_Mac posted 07-01-2013 12:09 PM 2232 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got an older thickness planer from a guy on Craigslist for a really good price. It didnt come with any kind of dust collection as it is and older Harbor Freight model. Before you say anything about Harbor Freight, i didnt know it was HF until i was on my way to get it. He had it listed as a Delta, since that turned out to not be the case, he came off the price that i had already talked him down to on the Delta. So i decided to give it a go. He also told me if i didnt like it he would give my money back.

ANYWAY… like i said, it didnt have any dust collection. For a planer that is no bueno. Chips flew EVERYWHERE!!. so i got to work thinking how i could collect the chips. the store bought funnel type ports wouldnt fit mine so that was out. So i had to make it.

I had some 1/4” ply laying around, i didnt want to use too thick of stock because of the way i had decided to connect it to the unit. i decided to make a box that kind of sandwiched the chip opening between the top and bottom pieces of the box, which would also hold the box in place. The box is entirely put together with glue, being that its only 1/4” ply there was no room for screws or even brads. i do have some support triangles inside the box for rigidity. it overlaps the unit by 1” on top and bottom, there is no sag at all when i connect the dust hose.

UPDATE* *The last picture shows what the first iteration looked like. At the time of the above post it was working great, and still does to catch the chips, but, i pushed it on to hard or far one time and one of the glue joints busted partly. After that it would sag a little so i had to use a clamp to keep it on the planer. That was a time waster having to get the clamp just right so it didnt have too much pressure to bust the glue joint altogether.

The new one is fixed to the planer using 2 of the bolts on top that hold the handles on (I took the handles off). It’s very sturdy. the bottom of it goes into the planer 2” and there is no glue on this one…put together with screws so i can replace a side if it gets damaged or add in a plexiglass piece later

As always thanks for looking! Any and all suggestions or comments are welcome.

-- "Still Learning"

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 12:24 PM

Nice work on the dust collector, necessity – the mother of invention. I noticed a tad bit of sarcasm regarding Harbor Freight tools. I say if it works, what the heck, use it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:39 PM

I agree Oldtool, some people don’t though so thats why I put that in. :)

-- "Still Learning"

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 01:12 PM

nice fix, thanx for sharing

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

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Phil Rasmussen

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 01:15 PM

Great fix. I took the collector off my planner and shoot the dust outside into the garden. Great mulch!

-- Phil Rasmussen, US Army-retired The Mountain WoodworkerHendersonville, NC

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 01:22 PM

that would be a great alternative, i dont have that option tho since our “garden” are is in the back yard, plus its getting demolished today to make way for a playground set for the kids. Another reason that wouldnt work for me is that the sun hits my shop in the evening which is when i usually get to get out there.

-- "Still Learning"

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 04:09 PM

Well done….fixed a problem and saves a big mess that you don’t have to clean any more.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 04:18 PM

yeah…there are still chips that fly out the front but i dont think there is a way to get every single chip that it makes….i will have to put an angled divider to kind of direct the chips to the side where the hose is. it works but there is build up on the opposite side from the hose and then they end up shooting back out the front.

-- "Still Learning"

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 04:52 PM

Nice fix

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 11-08-2017 04:54 PM

Nice solution. A thicknes planer, my Dewalt throws the most wood chips of all my tools. I wheel mine out side and use the chips for ground cover around my garden. The last time I was at harbor freight the check out girl got mad when I refused to give her my phone number and address. She said how are you going to get coupons? I showed her a stack that automatically comes to my house plus the one I was using on my smart phone. She still wasn’t happy.
I do like the clamps there though.
Keep up the great work.

-- James E McIntyre

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