Workshop Overhaul #5: A new wrinkle. I will try to get some photos this weekend.

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Blog entry by docholladay posted 08-06-2011 06:31 AM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a new wrinkle in my workshop overhaul. I’ve been working on getting all of my larger machines arranged in an attempt to arrange them as efficiently as I could. However, I now have a new wrinkle that is going to require a little bit of a re-think. My dust collection, up to this point, has been primarily several shop vacs. However, I saw an add on Craigs List for a Delta Dust Collector for only $100. I took a look at it and couldn’t pass that up. The only problem is, it takes up a lot more space than my shop vacs. I have no idea how I am going to change my shop arrangement to accomodate for it. I am very glad that I have it. I just don’t have a clue as to how I’m going to make it work with my shop layout and also, how I am going to incorporate DC pipiing to my main tools. I intend that I will probablyl connect it to my table saw, jointer, planer and router table (the ones that really make a lot of dust and chips), and then I may continue to use my shop vacs for my band saw, scroll saw and other items that don’t generate quite as much mess. I plan to get in there and work out the arrangement tomorrow. I am thinking that I will want to place the DC close to a wall since it is tallish which is going to require some re-arrangement of my wall storage (which is almost all of my wall space). Anyway, the only way I know to figure it out is to get in there and play with some various configurations till I get something I like.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 09:33 AM


I recently got my DC put together after receiving it about 4 years ago! Talk about long over due. I am glad I got one put together as I never used anything but a broom for my DC before. I am having issues about where to put my DC too. Right now I am just rolling it around to use on my table saw and planner, but plan on running pipes permanently to all the bigger machines and then having a couple drop down for the smaller sanders. Good luck in your laying out!

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 02:05 PM

Dust collection seems to be a challenge for most shops especially if your on a tight budget. I piped mine with 4” pvc drain pipe. Saving a lot of money over metal duct work. The experts will say that static electricity can be a problem but I haven’t had an issue with that. If that is a concern you can wrap pipe with a copper ground wire. Think about an air filter unit for fine dust particles, that stuff is very bad for the lungs. Just a little food for thought, Doc.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 06:37 PM

Sounds good Doc, dust collection is nice to have.

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 07:38 PM

well doc i think you have created a new problem , to which i have the best answer…...yes…good thing i have you as a buddy and got this notice…because now you will get the best expert advice…LOL… sire now need a new stand alone shop….1200sf of new unattached shop space…with an outside area that the new vacuum can go into…....see that was easy and to the point…are you not glad to get this expert advice…....ha…...well buddy enjoy figuring out the new wrinkle… will be happy with the new dust collector..i cant wait to get pictures…....for as you know …none of this is real until we see pictures….....hope your doing well…once you get this all done i would like to arrange a time for me to come to your place for a visit…hows that…....take care…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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