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Dust Collection overhaul #4: "What's that whistling sound?" "s*#@$#^!!"

06-21-2021 10:15 PM by jefrench | 5 comments »

Yeah, I got a leak. Does anyone know a way to pinpoint a vacuum leak? I thought about smoke, but fire detectors don’t like that. Like I suspected the bolt holes in the T connectors are probably the culprit, but that would be a pain to fix. Maybe later. Right now I’m getting decent suction on everything; less on my saw, but enough for now. Pintodelux is right that I need a more powerful collector, but I’ve blown all my stimulus money. Something to work for. The main i...

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Dust Collection overhaul #3: "If you build it," it will suck

06-21-2021 09:13 PM by jefrench | 0 comments »

Once I got the 4” aluminum pipe into the rafters, I had to get it down! The angle was weird to get to my Ts and the ceiling pipe was about 2” too short (not my fault: I didn’t cut the 2 5’ers, just bad luck). I wiggled the adjustable elbow to fit. I noticed that the seams in these galvanized connectors are not, uh…good. I wrapped every possible leak point with that metal tape. I wanted a solid T system to attach the blast gates to so I bolted them to a 2&#...

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Dust Collection overhaul #2: Move it, Move it...Move it

06-15-2021 12:39 AM by jefrench | 4 comments »

After disassembling Doc Oc and thus breaking some of the blast gates because I taped them together SO well, I moved the Craftsman 113 back to the corner:I reconnected it to the old 2 1/2” vacuum tubes for the older tools and and started the 4” run. I started looking locally (as I always try to do) for parts and found plastic connectors but I didn’t want to use PVC for the runs because, again, I read on this site that metal is better. So I began trying to mate the plastic a...

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Dust Collection overhaul #1: Doctor Octopus

06-14-2021 11:59 PM by jefrench | 0 comments »

When I got my new tablesaw, jointer and planer I needed to add a 4” channel my dust collection system. My Craftsman 113. was way in the corner of my shop and I read from you guys that even 4” expandable hoses shouldn’t be more than 6’. So I moved it right into the center of the shop (see the pic). It looked like Doctor Octopus and took up way too much room. Plus I found out that the basic black plastic blast gates collect dust in the shunt channel and keep it from ...

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Wood stabilizing #5: Dyeing experiments

01-06-2019 05:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 15 comments »

Having somewhat successfully stabilized a couple batches of wood, I figured it was time to add dyeing to the list. I started with two tubs of cactus juice, dyed blue and red, and set pieces of wood in them for fifteen minutes or so. No vacuum, just open air. The woods were some spalted maple, some rock maple, some hickory, and some white oak. The fifteen minutes was a guess. It turned out to be about right for the spalted maple, but nowhere near long enough for the oak or rock ma...

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Wood stabilizing #1: Equipment and first batch

11-23-2018 04:55 PM by Dave Polaschek | 20 comments »

I’ve got some spalted elm left over from building my low bench plus some soft maple and other woods that are a little soft and punky. But they’re very pretty, so I decided I’d give wood stabilizing a try. I ordered a vacuum chamber and pump on eBay, plus a gallon of Cactus Juice from Turntex. Once everything arrived, I assembled the hose and rested the vacuum chamber. The pump pulled a vacuum quickly, and the chamber held it reasonably well, so I was good to goon that front. I cut up a b...

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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #9: Other projects – Evolution of a Shop Vac cart

10-29-2018 05:46 PM by Bill Berklich | 3 comments »

And… I built a Dust Deputy based Shop Vac Cart. Like everyone I started with 1, 2, 3 Shop vacs. And like everyone I found they were great for general vacuuming but filled/clogged fast. I just HATED emptying these and knocking out the filter because invariable dust ended up everywhere. So reading through lots posts and articles (and being cheap) I tried the PVC pipe and bucket idea. It worked pretty well for big stuff but the fine dust still clogged the filter and frankly it was a pain to u...

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yet another shop vacuum cart

04-17-2017 10:39 PM by metolius | 1 comment »

ShopNotes No. 109 has a shop vacuum station with a dust deputy that I have long marked to give a try. Having a mini cv06 clearvue on a 30 gallon drum attached to a hugely barrelled shopvac/blower required a few changes. I wanted a way to conveniently separate the drum from the cyclone for emptying. There are many examples of different configurations I found to do this with a magnetic lifts of the top, or a leveraged lift of the drum, etc. While ho-humming on how to go about it, I h...

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Complex Curve Veneered Box Series #1: Making The vacuum bag

12-06-2014 06:00 PM by Matt Nudi | 2 comments »

So the first part of this is the fact that I needed a vacuum press to really get the results that I wanted. I did a lot of reading on the joewoodworker site and decided on the excel1 continuous run system. It came in the mail yesterday and get everything set up and sealed off. The next step for me is working on making the vacuum bag. I bought 30mil vinyl from the veneer suppliers website. I have the glue for the vinyl and the roller and the valve stem now I just need to get things asse...

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Improved two stage dust collector mod

07-31-2014 02:25 AM by Praedo | 3 comments »

I wanted a dust collector for my garage workshop. A single-stage collector just wouldn’t do it: I had to have a dual-stage with a large bucket for chips. I have a two-car garage and two cars to park in it, so all of my equipment must be mobile and have a small enough footprint to fit around the perimeter at the end of the day. I didn’t have the budget for a true cyclone, so I decided to modify a regular single-stage dust collector. I wanted the chip bucket to have a large capac...

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