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#1 posted 07-12-2013 04:42 PM

Thank you all for the advice. Right now, putting the DC outside in a lean-to isn’t really an option. My shop is in a lower-level room (split entry house), and I don’t really want to bore through my concrete walls or have my DC outside in the MN winter.

For now, I think I’m going to take brtech’s advice and use 4” S&D pipe to run a line straight along the wall from my DC to my bench tools. I’ll use 4” to 2.5” Y-branches to connect short flex hose to those tools (with a 2.5” blast gate at each Y-branch), and if I have to turn corners I’ll use two 45s instead of a 90. I’ll also run a 4” to 4” Y-branch with a blast gate to run a length of 4” flex tube to my table saw.

I’ll dedicate the shop-vac (which is on a mobile base, with a Vortext) to general shop cleanup and I’ll use it with the planer, which is also mobile (and the Vortext does a great job of separating the chips).

In terms of upgrades, I do plan on making a Thien baffle when I have time (anyone have a link to the simplest design for one of these?), and I will upgrade the filter.

Does this sound like a reasonable plan?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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