Garage Re-Do #14: Super Sucker Success (Try saying that three times!)

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Blog entry by MyOldGarage posted 02-23-2009 06:51 PM 1233 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Dust Collection Upgrades Part 14 of Garage Re-Do series Part 15: Coughing - Gagging? »

So over the weekend I stopped by the individual who sold me the dust collector. For another $20 I got 30 foot of 4” hose and some connectors. I then went from there to the Woodcraft store and purchased a cyclone separator lid and some other fittings to adapt to the 2 1/2 ports on the Shopsmith and called it a day. I know when it’s more time/money efficient to just purchase something rather than jumping through the hoops. $25 got me into protecting the impeller blades on the dust collector and some rudimentary cyclonic action. Down the road I can add a baffle to help keep dust down.

After finishing putting the Shopsmith 510 back together, and adjusting the table I was ready to roll. My son was staying this weekend to work on the gunrack project that I gave him for Christmas. We purchased the wood and I drew up the plans with the intention of us building the rack together. He was having a bit of a problem understanding the dust collector’s purpose or the time that I was taking getting everything squared up properly. After showing him the “square” edges on the store purchased wood, I think he might have understood a bit better. The clean area under the Shopsmith (and thus no saw dust being tracked in) was a hit with Peggy as well as myself. :-)

Tonight the cleaning of the garage will continue—we’ll work on getting the garbage can holder project done.

This will free up the room that it’s taking up in front of the MGB. After wrestling the hoses for the dust collector I can see the virtues of a solid setup. I think the solution will be to put the dust collector back over in the corner where the old derelict table saw was residing. Hmm . . . but that’s where the chopsaw (read SPARKS) hangs out. Oh I just toss my hands up in the air sometimes trying to figure out things. If the car was on roller skates I could gain a bit more room, but the bikes and lawn mowers are in the way. I’m still harboring some used tires too. Grr.

Well . . . we’ll get this all figured out. My dad and I had some time to look at the dust collector and figure out a way to hook a dial indicator to the tendon jig for the Shopsmith. Once the gunrack is done as well as the trash can, the back wall is getting storage cabinets.

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 07:23 PM

Good luck on your fixing up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 07:42 PM

I have the same cyclone lid, be sure to put some tape on the tapered end of the inside elbow to prevent it from falling off and defeating its purpose. I learned that lesson the hard way. ;-)

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 10:14 PM

I got a similar seperator lid a few weeks ago and just bought 3 10’ lengths of 4” flex hose from woodcraft. All in all, it was about $75. not as good a deal as you, but if you have as good of luck as I did testing it out, you will be thrilled. Most stuff seems to end up in the trash can and my understanding is that it allows the DC to do what its supposed to. Collect dust instead of chips. Also, if it saves on screws or other heavy debri from hitting the impeller, it will save $ in the long run. I hope you like yours as much as I do. I can’t wait to set it up for permanent use (it is awkward dragging the whole setup from unit to unit).

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