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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 10-18-2011 11:13 PM 3208 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2011 11:13 PM

I got to do remodling to my small 10×12 shed/shop. I got to jack up and level my floor, patch some rotten wood, rebuild my leaking roof, and build some double doors. But I got one more project in mind I am thinking about building a small 3 foot and 2 foot room on the back of the shed for my Jet DC1100 Dust Collector, I am wondering is that good idea? I wont to do it to save space in the main shop.

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Bill J. Griffin

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 11:29 PM

I don’t see why not as long as you have it all sealed against the elements but also have ventilation for it.

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 11:37 PM

I live in the southern part of the USA, so my shop is not heated or cool!

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 11:46 PM

Personally, I have been considering the same thing. I just don’t have any floor space to spare. One other thought is, if you have an air compressor, build the shed large enough to put your air compressor out there too. I know that if I ever do this, I will put my dust collector system and air compressor in a separate room from my main shop and just run the plumbing through the wall. However, as mentioned above, I do think you need to be concerned about protecting from the elements. One other thought is, if you have heat in your shop, or AC for that matter, the dust collector will pull the heated or cooled air from the shop potentially causing a temperature problem if run for long periods of time. Still, the benefit of more floor space and less noise would be well worth that sacrifice to me.



-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 11:58 PM

Doc, I have a Small Bostitch Trim Air Compressor. My DC is taking up a lot of room.

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David Kirtley

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#5 posted 10-19-2011 01:07 AM

I see it as great on a couple points. Not taking up space is good but I think an even better side effect is that it will be a lot quieter.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#6 posted 10-19-2011 03:16 AM

I’d do it. I have a similar setup (a little bigger – 8’x7’ shed) with a Clearvue (LOUD!!) and a compressor in it. I don’t heat or cool my shop either, so I don’t recirculate the air – I built a soundproofing baffle into the wall of the shed and exhausted the dust collector air to the outside. I also insulated the shed with the insulation backwards (paper side toward the exterior), and no interior sheathing, to absorb sound. It works surprisingly well. You do have to protect the exposed insulation somehow; I stapled window screen across the studs.

You’ll need to rig up a place to plug it in, and a remote switch, too, or maybe you can just run the cord through the same hole as the duct and the air hose, leave the switch on, and just plug it in when you want it on.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 03:54 AM

I have considered the same idea, I have poured a concrete slab conected to the rear of my shop to do the same. I am making my room 8’ x 20’ for my DC and compressor, with a door between the main shop and the DC room. Since I have high ceilings in this room 13’ with the DC on that end so I can get the motor up high so the return DC air can be routed back in the shop thru the wall. I cannot take the noise of my fans or the DC and air compressor. This room will also store extra tool cabinets and supplies. My shop work area is 38’x40’
and I need the room for working.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#8 posted 10-19-2011 04:17 AM

I agree with the caveats above, but I encourage you to proceed. If I were to design a shop from scratch, the air compressor and the dust collector would be in a separate room with an insulated wall. By the way, any chance of going for broke and running air ducts below the floor?

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#9 posted 10-19-2011 04:42 AM

I’ve did it last year. Three major benefits… 1. It eliminates the loud noise. 2. It makes more floor space. 3. Gets rid of all particulates. (some DC filters still allow a small micron of dust to float in the shop.
And as an added bonus, I made it big enough to house my air compressor that I use for my HVLP. Sweet!!

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#10 posted 10-19-2011 05:38 AM

I got to jack up my floor first before I do that.

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 06:01 AM

My dust collector and compressor is located under the enclosed stairs of my shop and is accessable through a door. I insulated the wall have a return air vent so the filtered air returns to the shop. It really reduces the sound and was a great choice.

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#12 posted 10-19-2011 06:22 AM

Ya know you want to do it. There’s never a down side to more space in the shop…..........

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 10-19-2011 07:38 AM

come on man, you know the right thing to do! you’re an American;you’ve got to expand.
go west and east young man,and up.
6 bags of concrete mix,a few studs,t-11 plywood,1- bundle shingles,a pair of hinges, door knob,a few nails and screws and your done. then dust free and quite hum, in the shop…

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