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Project by bushmaster posted 12-18-2017 05:09 AM 4782 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my last posting I made a dust collector shroud out of a bucket to collect the dust from sanding bowls. If you have not seen that one don’t forget to check it out and watch the video

While I was building and testing it out, I got an idea to make one for sanding spindle type turnings, my head was ready to explode so I went to work today and developed it. I am more than exited with it, as it performs 100%. The video will show you how well it works and an overview of the design.

As With the bucket giving a nice curved shroud, I though of a long one for spindle sanding. I thought of pipes etc. then I remembered, Sona Tubes for pouring concrete into, for posts etc. They are lightweight, strong and come in various sizes. Also for shipping costs they are made so a smaller one will just fit inside one another.

My idea was that if I had a larger small section, it could fit over the shroud, thus reducing the open area and increasing air flow for the area you are sanding.

Then take as long a section you need for your project, cut a section out from one end to the other and put a plywood end into it, cut a U section out for the spindle turning.

Cut a hole out for the dust collector pipe, the diameter of the small part of the spiral, This will allow the pipe to spiral in to secure it to the shroud.

Make two supports for the shroud, slot goes to the end, the base securing boards stick out from the vertical support so the whole unit can be slid to the back out of your way or slips of easily.

The shroud unit is attached to the supports by two rubber bands, The sections that slide over it, a section is cut out the size of the dust collector pipe you are using, The advantage of that too as I found out they can be installed with out having to slip them over the end. The video will show you how to install them and how well they work.

The movable sections greatly reduce the size of the opening fro more effective dust pickup, You do not have to buy a larger pipe section, since this paper pipe is not rigid, once the section is cut out it will slip over the shroud and can be moved easily.

The shroud I made here was for a 30 table leg, but with one Sona Tube, it can be cut into various lengths so you just pick the one that suits what you are turning. The project that I ended up making was a for tamping Sauerkraut into a pail or crock. I had been using a baseball bat for years.

I really encourage you to watch the video for more information and so you can see how well it works. I show with and without the dust collector on.

Thanks for watching and I hope you can use the information to your benefit. REMEMBER, DUST KILLS.
Comments appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-18-2017 07:07 AM

Have you tried turning much with it actually in place? seems like it would be a real nuisance to have to work around.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker ---

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#2 posted 12-18-2017 08:17 AM

The best proove comes from own experiance – nice work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-18-2017 08:34 AM

You are just too clever Brian.
Great idea mate.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 11:47 AM

Good idea, but …..................

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 03:07 PM

Have you tried turning much with it actually in place? seems like it would be a real nuisance to have to work around.

- Chris

With the long slot in the base boards it can be slid back and entirely out of the way easily, I believe I mention that in the video, or slip the two rubber bands off and it can be taken off in seconds if you need to go back to turning. Usually the sanding is the very last operation.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 03:36 PM

Brian, you are going to have to start patenting your equipment! Then you could retire from the income..ha ha…you’ll never retire!!

Cheers, Jim…......................and Merry Christmas!!

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

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 03:46 PM

That’s one cool idea, well done Brian

Have a very Merry Christmas!


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#8 posted 12-18-2017 06:28 PM

You’ve done a nice job on this and it sounds like you are enthusiastic enough to make some more improvements. Congratulations on your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 12-19-2017 07:53 PM

the closest I come to using a lathe is knowing how to turn it on – That’s it.

but I so enjoy your innovative thinking and design, maybe some day I’ll try something on a lathe.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 12-20-2017 08:53 AM

ahhh!! I see…built for sanding. Cool.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker ---

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#11 posted 12-21-2017 05:13 PM

Well Brian, I have been turning for 22 years now without this and I’m not dead yet, but I have to admit that I’m pretty close to it. Brilliant dust collection system!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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