Dust Collector Series #10: Ready for sanding and painting.

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Blog entry by Martyroc posted 03-13-2012 01:11 AM 14069 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Fellow LJ’s, I am coming into the home stretch on this monster, just sealed up everywhere I could so the unit is air tight. You will be happy to know, I did a preliminary test with an small HF DC and the chips and sawdust ended up in the bottom and not in the bag connected to the outlet of the DC. I still need to install the locks on the bottom drawer and the weatherstripping for the inside to complete the airtight seal I am looking for.

The next step is to design the filter for the outlet, and I am currently working on a design for that. It will be based on what filters I can get locally and at a cheap price that will not be discontinued. I am toying with an HVAC system filter style box, maybe just a square box mounted on the side with a filter on both sides and a clean out (Smaller box on the bottom). I will need to purchase the DC first so I know the measurements I have to work with. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Russel Pisciotta a fellow LJ buddy had recommended a dragon painting on the unit, which beats the flames I was going to paint on it, so I will combine the two with a fire breathing dragon. If anyone comes across something in that realm that might look cool please post the pic in here. I will take the best elements of every pic and design something that will work.

The DC I have now is 900CFM and only 1HP even with that I get a good air draw, I cant wait to see the 2HP 1550 CFM DC that will be the motor that runs all this.

I put the unit on wheels since I have been moving it around while I work on it But I will most likely remove them when it finds its final resting place in the corner of my shop.

Any questions, comments, suggestions, constructive criticism, (that’s the only one I will read, there is too much damn negativity as it is, please don’t add to it)
Enjoy the pics :-)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 01:16 AM

Martin, I have been following your build from the start and I’m impressed with your progress and your end product. I’d be interested to hear your assessment of the DC once it’s totally done and you’ve used it awhile. I have a Shopsmith DC and I have not been totally sold on it, but it’s better that none at all I’m sure.

Carry on!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 01:14 AM

Hey Martin, I read your entire blog and I admire your approach to this DC build. I too scrounge around for free wood and had the good fortune of acquiring a good amount of free oak pallet wood. After reading your blog I think I will stick to making mugs :)

I built a Thein Seperator to attach to my 1 HP dust collector. I am really pleased with it. I hope you will be equally as pleased with your cyclone seperator. I want to see the fire breathing dragon paint job :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 09:59 AM

I love the end result.

The only thing I don’t like is the handle on the drawer – it is too large for the scale of the rest of the project. Maybe two small vertical handles instead?


-- Bill

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 01:24 PM

Hi Bill,
I agree with the handle, which is actually a by product of an older project, that fit so I used it. I will most likely change it since it is out of proportion with the rest of the cyclone. Really just a matter of digging through the pile to see what I can use or fabricate a handle from the scraps. I like the idea of a vertical handle, or 2 and will most likely go with your suggestion. Hopefully going to get some work done this weekend as I have been traveling for work making it hard to finish this project or the other 15+ I have going on now.

Thanks again for the advice.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 12:22 AM

Martin – impressive build. Im in your camp on figuring out an outlet filter solution. Right now the exhaust goes into the crawlspace under my family room and then outside via some dryer vents. Im thinking about a plenhem box…but the impact on air flow might not be worth it.

-- the lyf so short the craft so long to lerne

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