|Forum topic by revanson11||posted 01-11-2013 06:19 PM||4239 views||6 times favorited||13 replies|
01-11-2013 06:19 PM
A year or so ago I made a decision to either make my workshop a healthier place to be or to give up woodworking altogether. For the better part of 20 years I had been using a Jet 2hp cloth bag dust collector to keep my shop’s air clean.
I had a long piece of 4” flex tubing that I would just clamp close to any of the tools I was using in an effort to collect some of the dust. I used to cringe every time the Jet DC would turn on and the bags would puff a cloud of fine dust into the air as they filled with air.
I then discovered “Lumberjocks” and started reading about all of the ingenious solutions that its members had come up with to make their dust collection systems much more efficient. I had never heard about a “Thein” separator or a Winn cartridge and that I could reconfigure the components of my Jet DC to make it a key component in a fully integrated wood shop dust collection system.
I read about solutions that LJ’ers had come up with to add better dust collection to shop tools that didn’t have it built in, such as my miter saw and table saw, two tools that added prolific amounts of dust to the shop environment.
I read that just collecting dust at the tool wasn’t really enough to keep the air clean and found plans for shop built air cleaners.
I also needed to deal with the filter bags on my Jet DC and the whole issue of clogging up the filter. Thankfully there were solutions to be found on LJ. I built a “Thein top hat”chip separator and mounted it on a 55 gallon drum, mounted the 2hp motor/impeller horizontally and added a Wynn filter to replace the cloth bag.
Then came the project of running duct to each of the tool locations, adding blast gates and sealing all the joints.
The last chapter in my quest for a more environmentally friendly workshop was to deal with summer heat. I already have a direct vent propane heater to take care of the winter months but I hated to be in the shop during the really hot days of summer. So, this past spring I installed a portable air conditioner. It sits up high on a wall and exhausts into the adjacent garage space. It works pretty good as long as I get it turned on early in the day before the shop gets too hot.
Sorry for being a little long winded but for those of you looking at having a healthy place to work maybe my journey and solutions will help just as other LJ’ers have helped me.
-- Randy, Central MN