Life as an Amateur Woodworker #7: Dust free at last... well almost!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 11-13-2013 11:58 PM 2723 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The main problem with having a ‘micro-workshop’ in the apartment, is that dust does not stay there, and it is the one thing that annoys my wife! (especially when I run my finger over the furniture, and asked if she has dusted today! :) ) So I thought it was about time I did something to ease the problem.

I decided to use an Vac hose support devised by Jack Houweling you can see his video Here , it is ideal for the small workshop, where you haven’t got space for dedicated dust collection points.

Each section started out as a 3 1/2” strip of 3/4” ply, the top section that holds the hose, is, if left uncut, top heavy as Jack says in his video, it was soon cut on the bandsaw.

I used 3” carriage bolts 5/16”, with a couple of my home made Star Knobs, and T-nuts. Whilst I was out today, I bought a wheelbarrow tyre inner tube, with the intention of making some rubber washers, (as I haven’t got Jack’s fancy kit to make them) to go between each joint, but in the end, I didn’t need it, it holds position, and the bottom section, is held in a dado, glued and screwed to the clamping base, I can now clamp it anywhere, adjusting the hose position.

(Don’t tell me, I know the bench needs tidying up!)

It’s a simple project, which only took about and hour and a half to complete, I should have done this from the start to maintain domestic harmony!

Now, I am going to make a wood bin for all those left over bits of timber, just to stop my dog running in and grabbing them!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 01:12 AM

Nifty idea, thank for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 05:45 PM

A nifty attachment. Another solution for a small workspace would be to work primarily with hand tools. Not too much noise from tools and no vac system needed. Also more room to work without all the machinery. And who knows? Maybe more fun too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 11:23 PM

I like it, nice idea looks like it works real good

-- Punk in PA

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 11:47 PM

Thanks for the comments, it actually works very well, with the two joints you can align it accurately for good dust collection, and making it from 3/4” ply makes it rigid, there is no flex with the weight of the hose.
Stefang, I like working with handtools, if I am working on hardwood, but for pine there really isn’t any pleasure in it!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 12:18 AM

I’m stealing this for my bandsaw. Thanks.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#6 posted 11-17-2013 11:42 AM

bonobo, that’s great!... the only adjustment I have made to the set up in the photo, is to change so that the top and bottom sections are on the same side of the middle section, that way it stands straighter.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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