Dust Collection #1: Dust Collection Part 1

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Blog entry by Notw posted 03-19-2015 06:19 PM 4927 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the adventure I had in dust collection, do I feel this is the right way to do dust collection, I hope so; however, I am sure there are much much better ways to do this. Since my shop is in a single car garage that occasionally needs to be used for vehicle maintenance everything I have must be mobile and must be able to be moved out of the way. My dust collection began with a shop vac vacuum, a 3 gallon bucket and a Dust Deputy. Say hello to Dusty.

Which worked very well for a long time, I just got tired of a couple of things with this collection system. The first being dragging around the hose and the vacuum cart to all the tools which typically meant it stayed on my table saw and the rest of the tools just blew dust all over the place. So this led me to the realization that I would need to have hard lined ducting to several key spots in the shop…garage…shop.

The second thing is if I was to do ducting through the shop it had to be out of the way and I would need more suction. The suction portion came to me in the way of a gift from a fellow woodworker. He had a Harbor Freight dust collection motor and impeller that he was gracious enough to give me. But at the time it was not under the idea of build a dust collector it was under the idea of creating an air filtration system, which I did and which worked great.

Next the conversion from air filtration to dust collection begins.

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 02:10 PM

I find it interesting that the direction you are going with this project is in the opposite direction I am pursuing. Yours is the righteous path, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, time, money and space won’t let me. I like what you have already done with the air filtration system. I have that on my bucket list of things to do for the dungeon. In my design, the filtering unit is a Holmes HAP633 with HEPA and Charcoal filters. I figure mount this inside a box with one (or more, like yours) furnace filters on the intake side and a down port for exhaust since this will be mounted to the low slung overhead floor joists. This should help get much of the fine stuff out of the air. What do you think?

On the shop vac side, the horizontal layout you and I have is killing me. I don’t have enough floor space and can’t afford to put up the piping for a stationary setup. Jay Bates (video on YT) made a vertical mount that I think will just fit in the ceiling height I have to work in. I don’t know if it will be stable enough on the floor.

Anyway, this series ought to be interesting and informative. Let me grab some popcorn and a drink. Okay, proceed. :)

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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