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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 08-27-2014 12:08 AM 1139 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2014 12:08 AM

For those of you who remember my Thien Thing project…........

....... Here is an update.

Several comments were made about the upright build and the severe turns in the hose. You guys were right. Sawdust was collecting in the “valleys” of the long hose, especially when using the planer. So, I remade it much more simple, eliminated the acute bends and it now works much better. I still like (very much) the multiple ports (with gates) coming out of the Thien collector

I got on a little dust collection “kick” and went up to both Timberline and Woodcraft with a box full of fittings that I took off my machines that did not have adequate or easy or any dust collection. Years ago I bought the Dust Right system and while I love the hose that extends from about 8 feet to 60 ft, the rest of the parts are poorly manufactured. Handle broke off the main piece, the “converters” needed to attach the hose to each machine were expensive………… I said, liked the hose, did not like anything about the rest of their stuff.

To my delight, Woodcraft has put out their own version of the Dust Right system and their system fits regular 4 inch adapters. You can see the Woodcraft handle on top of the table saw in a couple of the pics, To my surprise, I had an adapter that made it so I could hook the Dust Right floor and Table sweeps directly onto the new Woodcraft handle.

I have never had any belt sander or ROS dust collection and picked up 6 feet of 2 ½ hose along with a 4” fitting on one end to hook into the main dust collector and had a small adapter of the other end that fit my ROS and Belt Sander perfectly. The fitting also fits into the dust collection port on my sliding miter saw, for all the good it does (not).

I also have wanted better organized sandpaper, so I picked up that little cabinet at Habitat for Humanity that is under the table saw and made a few little shelves for the various grits:

And finally, I have never had a good place to store my push blocks so I could access them quickly. They usually spent half their life on the top of the saw to the right of the fence and the other half on the floor. You can just barely see the little rack I made for them on the left side of the sandpaper cabinet. Easy to get to now:

All in all, I kinda like what I tinkered with.

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 03:18 AM

Nice! I really like your sandpaper organizer.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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