Basement to a REAL Basement Shop #2: Dust Collection

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Blog entry by JAY Made posted 04-03-2015 04:44 PM 2468 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow! It has been a very busy couple of weeks.

Last year I purchased the 2hp Harborfreight dust collector. I knew I was not going to use it in it’s stock configuration, I knew I wanted to set it up like Jay Bates did.

So when I first got the DC I crammed it in a spot out of the way, to the right of the DC was the chimney, to the left was a bunch of Junk.

I moved it to the NW corner of the basement. The blower is mounted on top of the factory ring and is exsausted to the outside (I’m not considered with heat loss the DC is on for short periods of time). The ring is mounted on top of a steal trash can. The majority of the plumbing was done with 4” sch 35 PVC pipe & fittings, the first “y” goes to the band saw, then it rises up to the ceiling to the next “y”.

I made a circle jig for my router and routed a Thien Baffle and a grove for the steal can, I also routed a grove on top for the ring.

As you can see it works very well, I guess it is time to empty the bin.

The next “y” branches off to the east side of the basement to the jointer and floor sweep. When I first got the DC I bought the Harborfreight DC kit I had various hoods, I used the table saw hood and cut the front off of it to make it into a floor sweep.

Next the piping drops to what I call the main trunk. From here it splits off to the table saw, router table insert, and the thickness planer/ drum sander trunk.

The next stop is the thickness planer, then it continues on the the 10’ flex hose for the drum sander. I ordered the clear flex hose from Harborfreight it is much better then the hose in the original kit that I purchased.

The drum sander is just out of the frame to the left, it’s on a mobile base so when I need to use it I just pull it out and hook up the flex hose.

I purchased all of the blast gates from amazon I got the self cleaning ones they work very well.

Thank you for reading, next I will talk about the new out feed table and Miter Saw/Thickness Planer station.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 05:36 PM

How well does the dust chute on your thickness planer work? I’ve got one back-ordered from Grizzly (which looks like yours).

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#2 posted 04-03-2015 05:59 PM

How well does the dust chute on your thickness planer work? I ve got one back-ordered from Grizzly (which looks like yours).

- nkawtg

It works great it gets about 95% of the chips. I think it helps that it is a segmented cutter head not sure how well it would work with the shavings that a straight blade planer would produce.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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