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Blog entry by patron posted 03-16-2010 02:36 PM 3622 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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in an ongoing quest to reach dust removal standards in my shop ( my whole house actually ) ,
and scotty still working on the impulse drives , i have been forced to continue working on the vacuum system
alone and without the use of the tele-porter , or the virtual simulator , the goal of hooking up the unisaw ,
and a floor pick-up , i am making decent progress !
right now i am about 5/8’s happening , just awaiting some more dinars to get back to the borg store ,
and get more fittings .
here is where it stands right now , not to bad for a weeks worth of overhead effort .
this is the 6” main trunk , that will pick up the band saw and the spindle sander , and the shaper ,
and some kind of box around the morticer .

this is the floor pickup box , i didn’t have any screen ,
so i made one from nails spaced 1/2” apart .
i can sweep the sawdust to it , and it disappears ,
leaving the debris behind .

here we continue into the shop with the main trunk ,
and the 4” take off for the table saw .

i made a collector box for the saw , and routed across the ceiling ,
and down the wall and back across the floor , so i could use the fence to it’s full 52” .
notice the strap connecting the metal ducting to the saw , for grounding .

i made the front of the box , so i could open it and remove any debris that might clog the tube .

this is as far as i have gotten , a take off for the jointer , planer , and machine sander ,
parts to do this will follow soon , to the left , and the main trunk to the right ,
for the radial arm saw , and a down draft table for sanding .
the main trunk also can continue for future hook ups .
and more floor collectors .

thanks for looking , and please work safe !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 02:46 PM

I just got a 2 hp HF DC and this gives me a great idea on how to run my ducts. Thanks a pant load buddy!!!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 02:46 PM

That dust coll. system is really coming along nicely! Some really good ideas there. I’m fav’ing this for future use.
Thx for sharing and I’m looking forward to future upgrades.

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 02:51 PM

Nice job David. Not knowing anything about dust collection, other than using a vacuum, I was wondering why the 6” tubing down to the 4”. Less resistance?

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 03:00 PM

thanks guys .

rich ,
actually going down slows the intake ,
i can run two tools together ,
say the table saw and the jointer .
and it is cheaper !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 03:26 PM


Good reminder on a downdraft sanding table. I need one of those, and I should be able to whip one up.

Always a list of stuff to do,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 03:45 PM

Dust collection seems to have a life of its own .... Once you start it never ends ….Great job .. Norm

-- Norm, Cheshire CT

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#7 posted 03-16-2010 04:13 PM

David some great improvements. Once you get them all hooked up you should be breathing a look better air.

But all the critters outside will be hacking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 03-16-2010 04:32 PM

Lookin’ good…...I can even see progress in the declutter effort.

you should be able to clean your neighbors place with that setup! Happy dust collecting!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 03-16-2010 04:50 PM

Indeed an excelent job so far, I would just reccomend to seal the seams of the metal ducts with the aluminum foil the borg sell for that purpose, also the joints in any of the curved fittings.
That way you can squeeze the least bit of vacuum.
But that’s just me….

Hope you do get the dinars or rupies soon enough so that you can finish your project…

Keep safe

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#10 posted 03-16-2010 04:53 PM

Thats more high tech then my 70’s hvac. Where do you put the dilithium crystals ?

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#11 posted 03-16-2010 05:35 PM

Looking good David
It looks like your really getting control of the dust. It’s really going to cut down on your fiber in take when you don’t have saw dust in your food. LOL.


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#12 posted 03-16-2010 06:20 PM

Looks like your having way too much fun.
Shop is cleaning up nicely.
Is it quiet with the blower in the floor?

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#13 posted 03-16-2010 06:28 PM

looks great David

thank´s for sharing your trouble
but I have no teleporter you can loan
if I had I wuold have teleported it right away
my advice is let your apprentice do the dirty
job and then you just have to sit down with
som twinkie´s and comment what he has to do
remmember you have to relax did´t the nut doktor told you that


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#14 posted 03-16-2010 08:24 PM

Looking good David!
Surely you have caught the bug. Know I did when I got my DC. The plus is you’ll notice the shop is cleaner and the lungs stop complaining….
Have fun…cause it never ends.


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#15 posted 03-16-2010 08:52 PM

that is one fine looking system…one sure way of keeping a wife out of there david…they dont like to vac as it is…let along a system like that…lol….....i dont know if you will ever get the shop built…your way to comfy in there..

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

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