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Blog series by Notw updated 04-24-2015 04:15 PM 6 parts 16186 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Dust Collection Part 1

03-19-2015 06:19 PM by Notw | 1 comment »

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 lo...

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Part 2: The conversion

03-19-2015 06:37 PM by Notw | 1 comment »

The first thing that had to be done was transform the motor and impellor from open air suction to more of dust collection. Since I already had the box made with the motor mount it seemed logical to keep all of this and build from there. So it was on to all the things I didn’t have the main two being the impellor cover with an intake connection on it and the output connection cover. The output was easy to do by cutting another piece of plywood larger than the bolt pattern of the impellor ou...

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Part 3: Ducting

03-19-2015 06:47 PM by Notw | 3 comments »

So now that I have my separator and my impellor and motor all figured out the next point of complication was ducting everything. This led me back to the internet; the internet is a scary place for dust collection ducting. In this case there is too much information on the subject, metal ducting, PVC ducting, flex ducting, what gauge of metal, what type of PVC, is static electricity going to blow my entire shop away. I settled on sewer and drain PVC pipe (Home Depot #1610 10’ sections) and...

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Part 4: Connections

03-19-2015 06:50 PM by Notw | 1 comment »

I ran a straight section of 4” ducting over my table saw and dropped it down behind my garage door opener motor. I used two 45 degree fittings to make my 90 degree turn down. I would have liked to drop down further but I didn’t want my lowest point of the run to be any lower than the height of my garage door. To get the rest of the way down I dropped a 4” flex duct I got from Penn State Industries (part #D08C). Having 13 foot tall ceiling screwing the strapping into the ceiling to hang th...

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Part 5: Conclusion

03-19-2015 06:51 PM by Notw | 3 comments »

So at this point you may be thinking, 3 out of the 4 of your blast gates seem to be really high and not very easy to get to. But I did a little bit of thinking, in the wee hours of the morning while most people are wasting their time sleeping and came up with an idea that works well for me. I originally wanted to do a really cool automated system like I saw at I like to make stuff (http://www.iliketomakestuff.com/automated-blast-gates/) but then I remembered I was poor and that was out of ...

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Part 6: Revisions

04-24-2015 04:15 PM by Notw | 3 comments »

So after about a month of using my new dust collection system I found a couple of areas that had opportunities for improvement. I added the Dust-Rite 5-micron dust collection filter bag from Rockler.com (#20431) shorting after completing the ducting, taking a peek inside the bag’s window shows that it is collecting a lot of dust. Makes me think my decision to not port outside of the shop was a good decision. The other issue I ran into was there was a lot of reduction in air flow du...

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