Thien Dust Separator - Yes Another One...

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Project by Randy Price posted 01-26-2015 01:11 AM 4369 views 19 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Jet DC-650 has been shoved into a corner and not used because it spews so much fine dust – so I decided to build a Thien separator and then add a better filter on the DC.

So – this is a lid type separator using a 32 gallon Brute container. I don’t have all the fittings yet to connect it to the dust collector so the angle of connection between the separator and dust collector isn’t the best. It works great – just like the others I’ve seen on LJ. I plan to order a Wynn Environmental Nano filter this week.


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#1 posted 01-26-2015 01:49 AM

Looks good, I like your idea that it fits right in container, looks like you made the slot in the same position as the one I posted recently, I put it together backwards but it worked allot better for me. or I read the plan wrong.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 03:01 AM

nice dust collector/separator, hope it pays dividends down the road. good plan to use the brute container for its extra strong walls…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 03:08 PM

I like the simple design (compaired to others I have seen on the web) of your Thien seperator.

-- Richard, Temple, GA.....If I smell of sawdust then I was having fun

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Randy Price

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 04:02 PM

Thanks – I did a lot of research here at Lumberjocks and on Paul Thien’s site. I ended up following Thien’s basic design, substituting the parts that were available. The one thing I did was to use the Brute container instead of a metal trash can because I read that some experienced the metal can collapsing. The Brute was also larger and cost only $9 more than the metal can.


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#5 posted 01-26-2015 05:28 PM

I’m in the same process, I will use some tricks from you.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 01-30-2015 02:40 PM

I have a big dual canister dust collector and it was constantly getting filled up and clogged by my planer. Put a Thien baffle between the main run and the planer and it is awesome! Like you, I use a bigger heavy duty plastic container simply because it holds more. You will love it, much easier to empty then the full bags.

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Randy Price

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#7 posted 01-31-2015 12:32 AM

Thanks Jesse – I’m looking forward to receiving a Wynn Environmental filter to add to the dust collector to complete the set-up.


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