Sliding Dust Manifold

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Blog entry by Navaar posted 02-06-2016 01:06 PM 11088 reads 11 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My workshop is a small garage with a low ceiling.
I waste a lot of time unplug & plugging-in my dust extractor. My main tools are:
- DeWalt DW745 table saw
- Bosch GCM12GDL mitre saw
- Festool TS55 track saw
- Mirka CEROS 650CV 150mm orbit sander

I wanted to make a simple/cheap device to transfer suction to each tool in turn, I came up the the following which I could fix to my garage ceiling:

Next a quick sketch in my notebook:

I had some white showerboard which I thought would be good to use as the surfaces are slidey

I cut 3 holes and notched the bottom support to prevent movement caused by vibration
Turns out the notches were not necessary because it was a tight fit!

Part assembled

Rounding over some edges with 1/4” round-over bit

I fitted a MDF plate so I could mount it to the garage ceiling and a handle made from a piece of scrap cherry

Complete, just need to fix it to the ceiling & connect all 100mm PU hoses

It works really well, easy to use with no lose of suction, I’m very happy with it.

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#1 posted 02-06-2016 02:08 PM

Very clever innovation.
I like it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 02-06-2016 03:29 PM

Looks like a nice solution and a lot cheaper than several Wyes and blast gates. Am I correct in assuming that the blank space is a shutoff for this run of hose? Also how much air leakage do you get with this system?

I hope you don’t mind if I favorite this and keep it in mind of my DC reconfiguration.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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