Hillbilly Introduces Thein to Tyvekboy

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 06-15-2014 08:22 PM 6889 views 49 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that has been on my “to do” list for several years. I finally got around to it this past winter. The construction details for the Thein came from a December 3, 2010 post on Charles Neil’s old “In the Workshop” forum entitled “How to Build a Thein Dust Separator,” by Pitbull. C.f., . This is a great article for anyone interested in building a Thein Dust Separator.

Of course the Tyvekboy portion came from LJ Tyvekboy, with his permission of course. The stand is my adaptation of Tyvekboy’s two project posts: and . Thank you Tyvekboy and my apologies for such a poor attempt to copy your work; but, it does do what I wanted—a system to raise the Thein unit and easily remove the trash can for emptying.

I’ve been using this unit since March and it has done a fantastic job of separating the sawdust before it gets to the DC bags. By the way, my bags are top and bottom and are aftermarket products designed to reduce the exhaust to 1 micron. The trashcan has been emptied twice and there is no discernible dust in either bag at the DC. Although I only have 4” ductwork (having been installed back in the early 90s), there is plenty of suction to pull sawdust from the machine on my longest run—my planer.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 09:15 PM

When I see such well-executed and beautifully finished projects, I’m torn between being inspired and being depressed! Thanks for sharing a great project – I think. :>)

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 09:28 PM

Wow John. Awesome build! I like the window you put in your can. I was/am going to put a small one in mine. Did you just use screws and silicone to seal the “window”? Thnx in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 10:00 PM

This is a nice build, and perhaps the best project title ever.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 10:26 PM

Am I looking at that wrong, or does stepping on that front bar lift up the top so you can dump out the garbage can? If so, that is awesome.

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 10:44 PM

Very nice dust collector, John!!.........................jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 12:11 AM

Very nice job. Doesn’t it feel so good to scratch off an item on your to do list. Again great job.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 12:31 AM

Real nice!

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 12:46 AM

+1 for TNWoodchuck’s elegant post.

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 01:02 AM

Love the stand, I assume you push on the footbar and the top lifts so you can remove the can… way cool.

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 01:16 AM

Thanks everyone. Have to make this short because the weather’s bad and my satellite reception is in and out. The window is lexan and it was softened with a blowtorch to match the curve of the can and then cemented in place with silicone and pop rivets. Yes, the footbar does raise the top which makes it easy to remove the can. You’ll notice there are arms on the side that lift up and hold the top. This design is the genius of Tyvekboy. Again, I appreciate everyone’s comments and looking at this project. I’ll try to answer any other questions if I can get out on the satellite at home, if not it will be tomorrow when I go into the office.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 02:34 AM

John—Glad my inspiration rubbed off on this project. Good Job. I like the adaptation. Great build on the Thein separator.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 06-16-2014 02:43 AM

Nice one John
I missed this one of Alexes projects which are all well done and innovative .
I just have to rethink my set up which is a simple chain to hold the lid open and slide the can in and out .

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 06-16-2014 04:48 AM

Super build. That window is a cool idea to install.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 06-16-2014 07:52 AM

Nice build as usual John. Your lungs will thank you for it

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#15 posted 06-16-2014 09:15 AM

Superb build.
Some of the techniques and processes you have used in your build are as technically challenging as any high-end cabinetmaking project.
And the bonus for you is they are transferable, and you keep your lungs healthy.

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