|Project by DeLayne Peck||posted 09-18-2013 10:08 PM||2243 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
My bargain Craigslist Delta 6” Jointer came with extras – lots of duct tape residue, splattered stain, and the worst hack and chop cart that ever rolled. I cleaned it up and built a new cart. It came with new blades and worked beautifully. But, what a mess. It threw piles of shaving everywhere. I became curious about the cavity under the blades. Could that cavity be closed up and attached to a shop vac?
So, Gyro Gearloose, began tinkering. A 1/4” piece of fiberboard closed the bottom and is secured by that bolts that hold the jointer on its stand. Pieces of scrap were measured, cut, and glued onto fiberboard base to close both sides of the cavity. A plywood plate was added to reinforced the port for the vacuum hose. A shim was added to the remaining bolt on the out-feed end to level the jointer. Double-back tape held the assembly in place while the jointer was flipped onto its stand and positioned.
Test Run 1: 85.6% of all shavings were collected. (Yes, I counted all 2,643 shavings in the vac versus those on the floor.) Where was the leak? At the top of the wide casting wall, right side. A piece of fiber board double-backed to the outside of the casting filled that gap.
Test Run 2: 99.56 of all shavings were collected!!! (More #&$%@#$ counting.)
Lessons learned: Wear your reading glasses when buying plywood. Fine, red oak ply and scrap dougie fir make an overly expensive cart. Shop vacs work better when there isn’t a shop towel in the hose.
Follow Up: This collector has worked well enough. I have had it jam with shaving when my shopvac plugs or fills. I wanted to save space for drawers under the jointer. A vaccum attached box under the cutter would be a better solution. I may add both drawers and vacuum box at some time. For now this works well enough.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.