|Forum topic by Todd1561||posted 02-23-2011 09:21 AM||7003 views||2 times favorited||14 replies|
02-23-2011 09:21 AM
Hi Everyone, this is my first post on LJ but I’ve gathered quite a bit of useful information by searching through old posts. I came across quite a bit of good information on dust collection approaches so far but wanted to get some opinions on what I have planned for my small garage shop. My biggest problem is a severe lack of space (seems to be pretty common around here!) in my 1 car garage, I just don’t have the room to put a large DC, so I’ve had my eye on wall-mount units like the one Rockler sells.
I know these units are intended for portability and only being connected to one device at a time. But I’m not too thrilled about having to relocate hoses and move the thing around the shop all the time, which is basically what I do with a shopvac at the moment. What I would like to do it mount this thing high on a wall in the corner of the shop and immediately run a Y-fitting; 1 leg of 4” tube down to a combination jointer/planer and the other of 2.5” hard tubing along the ceiling with tee drops down to a drill press, a router table and finally a contractor table saw (which has a 2.5” dust port). So, 3 tee’s in total for the 2.5” devices. The jointer/planer will be the closest to the DC using about 8’ of flex tubing. The drill press would use about 9’ of hard tubing then a few feet of flex. The table saw and router table would use about 12’ of hard tube and then a few feet of flex. Each device would have a blast gate to direct air flow to whichever device is currently being used. All of these tools are located along one wall of the garage. I’d likely upgrade the 30 micron bag on the DC to a 5 micron variation and possibly add a ceiling mount air filtration system if necessary. This is a light use hobby shop, I’m not going to be planing hundreds of feet of wood or turning out projects every other day.
I know tee connections aren’t ideal, but I’m looking at a kit from Woodcraft that has most of the components I need for this and that’s what included: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2003945/9176/Dust-Collection-Kit-212-Clear-Hose.aspx
Does this sounds like a decent proposal or am I asking too much out of a little DC?
Thanks guys, I hope I did an adequate job of explaining what I’m trying to do, if not let me know and I’ll try to clarify.