Fighting Dust

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Blog series by ChunkyC updated 01-21-2012 08:42 PM 13 parts 60339 reads 47 comments total

Part 1: Dust Collector Mods - Phase II

12-29-2009 05:04 AM by ChunkyC | 7 comments »

I finally got around to Phase II of my HF DC Mods. Thanks to DBHost for the help!!! I contacted DB about his conversion but I quickly learned that he had the type of barrel that the lid is removable. I got a blue barrel from work but it’s the kind that you have to cut the lid off. :’( So that caused me all sorts of “issues.” The biggest problem was how to cut lid off and keep the top flat. I never solved this problem so I worked around it. (This picture ...

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Part 2: Tablesaw Overhead Dust Collection

11-19-2010 04:07 AM by ChunkyC | 0 comments »

The tablesaw is the workhorse in my shop, as I suspect it is in 90% of the shops out there. Although, it comes in second to the dust collector. The DC is the only thing in the shop that gets used more and I’m always looking for new ways of using it. So it’s time for Round 4 in the war of fighting dust with the tablesaw. Round 1) Connecting the DC to the bottom of the saw Round 2) Sealed the TS by boxing in the motor on the back, using Great Stuff expanding foam to seal ...

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Part 3: Tablesaw Overhead Dust Collection part #2

11-28-2010 12:23 AM by ChunkyC | 2 comments »

Here’s the dry fit mock up for the overhead dust collection system. I’ve had to change my original idea of being able to “swing” the whole thing out of the way to lifting the entire unit up and out of the way. The Y fitting ended up being too close to the DC riser to allow enough “slop” in the DC hose for the unit to swing back. I think lifting it is a better solution in the long run. I can use my friend gravity to help hold it down and in place. ...

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Part 4: I was inspired

02-22-2011 03:56 AM by ChunkyC | 5 comments »

Well maybe motivation instead of inspiration is more accurate. I took a could days of much need vacation and I spent today tinkering in the shop all day and reading LJ. I got to Neil’s blog, NBeener, and re-read his stove-pipe mod for his HF DC. It motivated me to start sealing some of my leaks. I said some! I sealed all around the dust collector using foil tape after wiping it down with a rag and mineral spirits. The secrete is to use small pieces and just do small areas ...

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Part 5: One step forward ...

01-06-2012 05:01 AM by ChunkyC | 1 comment »

Well it’s time to step back and evaluate what I have and where to go from here. I have two problems with my shop, 1) the band saw needs a better / more permanent home 2) better dust collection. Now I can’t do (1) without doing (2) so here we are. I watched Stumpy Nubs reorganize his shop and all I could think was “I’m so glad I’m not Stumpy.” So much for that. The problem with completely these two, seemingly minor tasks is, in order to one thing, I...

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Part 6: Remote operator - DONE

01-07-2012 03:10 AM by ChunkyC | 0 comments »

I finished up the remote operator for the table saw blast gate. Works awesome. I epoxied a piece of walnut to the handle of the blast gate. I wanted to be able raise the operating arm as high as I could and I thought that walnut would wear better than the plastic of the handle. I designed it so that you pull the handle to open the gate. I made ever conscious effort to make sure that the handle wouldn’t be sticking back too far and be in the way. It’s not! I also made it...

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Part 7: Table Saw Dust Collection Mods - Completed

01-07-2012 09:51 PM by ChunkyC | 3 comments »

The before: and the after: To recap, the whole reason behind this madness was to reduce the area between the outfeed table / workbench and the wall. That area has been the bane of my existence since the day I laid out the shop. It’s always been a dead area in the shop, lots of wasted space. So today, it’s a little less wasted space. Added a new blast gate. This is where I set up the planer so I will now have a much sorter hose to feed the planer. I’ll a...

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Part 8: Dust Collector "Stove Pipe Mod"

01-08-2012 12:04 AM by ChunkyC | 12 comments »

I’m going to give credit to NBeener for this one as he was the first person that I knew who done this. I hadn’t even heard of the mod until he mentioned one day in a thread. So thanks Neil! This mod is silly simple although you will need basic metal cutting tools. This is an excellent time to clean and inspect your collector if it’s not a brand new one. .. DISCLAIMER – The dimensions given are the dimensions that I used for my modification. Check yours...

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Part 9: I won this battle, but the war is raging

01-08-2012 08:01 AM by ChunkyC | 0 comments »

I tested the DC tonight after I got everything put back together. I can say that the old girl is back to her self once again. So was the stove pipe mod worth it? Yes. Did I see a huge improvement? No. Would I do it again? Absolutely. This mod is easy to do and the parts were easy to find. I wish I would pay closer attention to how much stuff costs but I don’t so I have no idea how much it cost me. I’d say that it was less than $30??? The efficiency gain by this mod ca...

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Part 10: Blast Gate - V. Beta

01-09-2012 01:01 AM by ChunkyC | 2 comments »

Well that was easy and it’s Bloodhound approved! I wanted to try to see how hard it was to make my own blast gates. Pretty simple actually. I did spend some time to make certain that everything was a good fit but it still went pretty fast. This is a “through” gate meaning that the slide can be pulled from either side. I cut two holes in a piece of 1/2” ply. One just big enough for a 4” S&D coupling and the other for 3” DWV coupling. T...

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Part 11: DIY Blast Gates pt 1

01-21-2012 02:24 AM by ChunkyC | 4 comments »

These gates are “through gates” meaning that the back is completely open. One down side to making gates like this is that there isn’t a stop, the gate pulls all of the way out. I need to add a stop to at least one, for under the table saw, but so far I’m ok with the gates pulling out. I just turn it and stick the corner back in the slot. Works ok for me. Blast gates are simple to make, or I supposed you could make it as difficult as you like. The hardest part I...

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Part 12: DIY Blast Gates pt 2

01-21-2012 06:51 PM by ChunkyC | 7 comments »

I assembled a second blast gate this morning in the shop and got it installed. So far, everything is working much better than I had expected. I feel that I’m being more and more like Sheldon Cooper every day, Whistling in the workshop is NOT allowed. Good thing to because these gates are nice and quite. These gates have eliminated the whistling that was being caused be leaking plastic gates. Here’s some assembly and installation pictures for the table saw blast gate. (Click...

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Part 13: DIY Blast Gates pt 3 - Dimensions

01-21-2012 08:42 PM by ChunkyC | 4 comments »

Here are the dimensions of the gates that I built. Bodies:7-3/4” x 7-3/4” x 1/2 Birch Ply Gates:3/16 Hardboard cut to fit the opening. Spacers:7-3/4” x 1” x 1/4” Hard Board. The 1/4” HB that I have access to is the stuff that is smooth on one side and has a rough texture on the other. I used a hand plane to reduce the thickness a little on the “rough” side. Holes:Cut to fit the diameter of the pipe that you’re using. I used ...

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