Trying new woodworking skills #4: Investigating DC problem

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 09-05-2013 04:45 PM 1466 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Tested the planer Part 4 of Trying new woodworking skills series Part 5: Miter station »

Last week I tried out the new planer and the DeWalt 735’s chip blower pressurized my DC piping and made quite a mess. On to the next step in rearranging my shop.

I have a miter saw on a flat table in the middle of my workshop. It isn’t a very good location. So I’m building a miter saw table with a lowered section to mount the saw. This way I can make a 4’ fence in each direction. I bought some 1×4 pine. I ripped it to width. I am running it through the jointer. I do not need to do this for a work shop table, but I figure the more I use the jointer the better I’ll be at using it on projects. (Learning and practicing new skills).

Well my DC is not pulling any of the shavings from the jointer. I unplug the jointer, open the chute and it is packed. I clean it out. Still no suction. I realized the bag is full. I empty the bag. Still limited air movement. I open up the piping near the DC and holy crap. It was packed full. I cleaned the last elbow out and by golly it collects dust again. I’ll try the planer again this weekend and see if it works better with an empty bag and clear piping.

I think I’ll set up a cyclonic chip collector before the DC unit. The pieces that clogged the pipe were shavings from the jointer and planer that hung up on the DC’s protective bars, (just before the blower).


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#1 posted 09-05-2013 05:29 PM

Give it another try. I haven’t had any problem using a DC with my 735. The blower fan in the planer offers some assistance with chip clearing. I have actually been quite impressed with the efficiency of collection from the planer. The only exception is when planing thick stock 12/4 or thicker, it tends to spit a few chips out.

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 09:27 PM

I cut those bars out on my old bag type dust collector for that very reason. Just don’t suck up any tape measures.

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 12:46 AM

Sounds like you really need to build a chip separator! Mine cost almost nothing and works great.Click for details

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 02:16 AM


That looks pretty slick. Do the baffles route the air down into the barrel and then back up & out?


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#5 posted 09-06-2013 03:08 AM

Actually there is only 1 “baffle”. It is that piece of ply below the box. The chips/shavings/dust enter the box from the left, hit the plywood baffle, and drop into the barrel. It stops almost all but the finest dust which winds up in the bag under the filter.

This design looked way too simple to work. But it has performed flawlessly for the last 571 days.

I guess the short answer to your question is “Yes”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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