|Forum topic by MT_Stringer||posted 02-16-2013 04:33 AM||10672 views||17 times favorited||29 replies|
02-16-2013 04:33 AM
Well, it ain’t pretty, but I got it up and running. It is a little different than what you might expect. Just like Tim the Tool Man Taylor, I modified it a little.
I fabricated a base for the motor/blower by laminating two pieces of 1/2 inch Baltic Birch. Then I drilled four mounting holes so I could screw it to the garage wall with three inch lag bolts.
To mount the motor/blower, I pre-drilled holes and used 3/8 inch bolts and t nuts to create mounting studs. I put a neoprene washer on each stud then mounted the blower and bolted it down with flat washers and lock washers under the nuts.
I made a pre-separator by locating a 30 gallon plastic drum and installed the 4 inch Dust Right component kit from Rockler.
I wanted the drum to sit on the original HF frame, so I had to make an extension for it. I used more 1/2 in BB and shimmed it in several places with 1/4 inch ply so it would sit level above the bolt heads for the casters.
With a little help from my wife, I managed to sit the motor/blower frame 50 inches above the floor on a ledger board and she drove the lag bolts home with an impact wrench. :-)
I got the hoses hooked up but I am not happy with the first fit. I hope to find a 5 inch to 4 inch single fitting to tie the hose from the drum to the suction of the blower. And the 5 inch hose is just a tad short.
I have it running and separating the dust. I cleaned the floor and emptied a bucket of dust from the Bucket Max vac.
Next up is to order a canister filter from Wynn Environmental and get some 5 inch hose while I am at it.
When I am finished, the separator/dust collector will sit against the wall and won’t take up much room in my one car garage/work shop.
Still have a few leaks to trace out and seal but overall, I am happy with the “smoke” test!
Thanks to all the input from fellow LJ’s and especially b2rtch
Note: I have the 4 inch hose connected to a 4 inch manifold which has a couple of take off’s including a 4 inch (for planer, and joiner) and a 2 1/2 for the router table. The table saw connection is also connected. Blast gates make it easy to change tools.
Motor/blower test fit on custom wall mount.
Support base for the drum.
Pre-separator test fit.
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas