Building my dream shop #14: Shop Update, Tool Gloat, Wood Gloat

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Blog entry by rep posted 06-19-2011 08:18 AM 4949 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shop items made it to the top of the priority list, so I have been working on setting up my cyclone dust collector. Running pipe and electrical took a while.

Here is the ClearVue Cyclone installed. I mounted it on a free standing frame it isolate the vibration from the walls.
I imagine a metal skin pole building might make quite a racket if mounted directly ;).

I have added a McRabbet kit to detect a full bin – which will sound an alarm and can turn off the cyclone before dumping all the sawdust into my filters.

The cyclone is in a “noise room” (yet to be finished) in the NorthEast corner, and ductwork runs down the center of the shop and then splits to the West and East walls.

East Wall has Lathe, Chop Saw, and Floor Sweep
(I went all-out on the hood for the Chop Saw ;-)

West Wall has Table Saw and Jointer/Planer combo.
I went ahead and purchased the SawStop overhead dust collector tubing.
It is pricey, but I just did not have time to cobble something together.

Tool Gloat :D Jet JJP-12hh

We were also able to organize the shop a bit. Cleared the floor, and moved work tables to the center.
Still a mess, but at least I can walk around and see where things are – a lot better than before.

LOML created this solution to organizing (about 1/2) my bowl blank collection. (Wood Gloat) Man, it can take some time and effort to saw up lots of tree stumps.

Once the bookcase shelves are full, we will use the the wire “metro carts”. I was able to pick up another 6 units as scrap from work.
Also picked up eight 5” castors that should be used to build some portable lumber racks.
Gotta have a place to store the finished lumber from the Jointer/Planer

Some real woodworking projects may be in the near future. Outfeed table, jigs, cabinets, spinny stuff…who knows?

-- rick

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 01:27 PM

Thanks for the shop update. Looks like it coming along very nicely. Let us know how you like your ClearVue. It is currently on my short list. Trying to decide whether to get that next or replace my contractors TS with a cabinet saw.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 02:45 PM

Hey rep,

Can I send you the bill for a new keyboard? I was drooling so much, I think I shorted out my keyboard. Needless to say, VERY NICE SHOP.

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 03:48 PM

I wouldn’t just call this a tool and wood gloat; this is pretty much a shop gloat too! I just bought a clearvue too; I’ll have to check out McRabbit’s sensor plans. Are you going to ground your ducting?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 05:36 AM

Rep, very nice blog, land, trailer and shop of course. Just stumbled on it and will stick around for the ride. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tampa-FL

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 05:07 AM

To Scott – the ClearVue is working like a champ – and the bin sensor too. I have strong suction even with my long runs. I just need more time to give them a workout! SWMBO likes the fact that there is not a lot of dust on everything when I work on a project now.

To Rob – No plans to ground the ducting. I have no concerns about fire due to static discharge, and I have not received any shocks from the pipe or equipment.

-- rick

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